In December we will be celebrating our 3rd anniversary of TheDomains.com.
To date we have generated over 2,200 posts which have drawn over 22,500 published comments.
Up until a few weeks ago I had deleted less than 20 comments (not counting spam).
As an attorney I’m a huge believer in free speech and I hate censoring people’s expressions no matter how much I may disagree with them or how ridiculous I many think they are.
At the end of the day I don’t want to be the comment police.
Up until now no such stated “rules” needed to be in place, as thedomains.com has always been a site where the members of the domain community have come to express their concerns and thoughts on the issues of the day. One of the things things I’m most proud of the blog it is has become a place where domainers, registrars, existing and new registries, parking companies, auction houses, attorneys, even trademark interests come to comment and talk about the industry that provides so many of our livelihoods.
However over the past couple of weeks there have been issues I needed to address with removal of comments, some by known and some by unknown parties.
So the time has come for a few general rules of conduct for participation on the blog.
None of these should come as any great news or shock as 99% of the 22,500+ comments have conformed to these general rules of conduct.
First of all your comments should be posted from a real email address. You certainly can pick any “name” that the comments will appear under but if you use a fake email address, your comments maybe deleted at anytime for any reason. We do not expect to verify every email address for every comment, however we are reserving the right to delete any comment coming from “fake email addresses” or non existing email address, period.
We also reserve the right to delete any comment which is derogatory, inflammatory, or personally attacks another commentator, at anytime for any reason.
We ask that your comments stay on the point of the blog and the subject the blog.
Lets be civil.
You know the domain industry is pretty small.
Professional full time domainers are measured at best in low thousands.
So we are a pretty close knit community where most people know each other at least by name or reputation.
Lets not rip each other apart in a personal way.
There are plenty of people from outside the industry that are lining up to do so.
Lets stick to the issues.
Lets debate issues, policies, cases, events, news and domaining.
Lets not turn on each other in a personal way, which is inappropriate, uncalled for and unwise.
Do not post your domains for sale.
Do not post what domains you have in auction, prices of your domains, email addresses or a URL to your domain auction lists or auctions.
I don’t do it.
I’m not going to allow you to do it.
Repeated violators of any of these policies will be put into the spam folder and no further comments from that email address will be published.
Speaking of spam filters, please note that Word Press has a very good spam filter system, but sometimes it places legitimate comments into the spam folder. While we typically check the spam filter at couple of times a day, it may take up to 24 hours to be manually approve your comment if it gets caught.
We receive up to 1,500 spam comments a single day (including all the page scrappers) so going through the spam filter is a time consuming task.
Anytime you time you place a link or an email address into a comment, 9 times out of 10 the comment will go into the spam cue of Word Press. There is no other way of keeping out those hundreds or thousands of messages a day that correctly get blocked from being published.
So if you comment contains a link to an article for example, its mot likely going to spam and will have to be manually approved.
Hopefully this clarifies what is acceptable and not acceptable conduct and interaction.
Finally thanks for all the participation over the 2 1/2 years.
22,500 comments who would have thought?