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Comments: ownership/moderation/policy

Posted by on June 17th 2008 in Blog on Blog, Site update

After reading Jeff Chandler's recent article about comment ownership, where he refers to a discussion over at IntenseDebate, I got to thinking about how I've been treating comments here, and whether I should declare some sort of policy.

Since starting blogging back in Jan 2007 there have been few occasions when I felt I needed to step in and moderate. Most of the time I just let the comments stay "as posted", but there have been a couple of spats between "opposing factions" where I've had to shout "BREAK", step in and state the unwritten rules, then step back and let battle recommence. In another instance, one of my posts was regarded (wrongly) as an attack on the policies of an organisation who I'll not identify here, it attracted so many comments with so much vitriol and insulting profanity that I got fed up of starring-out the obscenities and eventually deleted the whole shebang without due notice or apology. I can and do accept all manner of swearing, but not in an insulting or inflammatory manner. It's a matter of context, there's a big difference between "Oh, f***!" and "F*** off!"

On the lighter side, I've taken the liberty of deleting a few extraneous comments where the author has accidentally double-posted, and I've moved a few comments from pages to posts, as I'm now using a theme that, at present, doesn't allow or show comments on pages (although I hope that this situation will be resolved soon). I don't go around correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar for people (although I don't know how I manage to keep my inner stickler at bay, the compulsion to get out the digital equivalent of the red pen is always there) unless the author asks me to do so. I do edit the email and/or URL on older comments when the author has provided updated information, this ensures that their avatar/Wavatar/Gravatar remains consistent with their identity, and gets around the problem of old URLs leading to dead sites.

So, what about a policy?

Well, that could depend on who owns comments, and opinions on this matter vary as you can tell from the comments on Jeff's blog. For myself, I consider a comment to be similar to a good old-fashioned snail-mail letter - it starts off as yours, then you post it, then I receive it and it becomes mine, then I read it, then I decide whether to bin it, or frame it, or run a highlighter-pen through the juicy bits... I reckon that if you're going to comment on here, the comment belongs to you up to the point when you post it to this blog. At that time, it may well have entered the public domain, but, as it's on my blog, it's under my jurisdiction, even though the content of the comment remains the property of the author. After all, I'm held responsible for this blog, so I reserve the right to control it, on the basis that I can't have Responsibility without Authority. Currently I'm the only person with admin rights to this blog, if I don't have the authority to cut out the crap, who else does? A comment author certainly doesn't, due to my admin restrictions.

Mind you, that's just my opinion, based on common sense, and the law doesn't always see things the same way. Intellectual Property Rights would be a source of conflict.

Anyway, regardless of who owns a comment, or the content therein, here's my draft policy:

I will leave all comments in their intended places and in their unedited forms unless one or more of the following apply:

  • If a comment author asks me to modify, move or delete one of his/her comments, I'll consider making the requested change(s) so long as there's no significant alteration of the context of the comment or any debate associated with it;
  • If a comment author changes his/her email address or URL, I'll make whatever changes I see fit for the smooth running of this blog;
  • If I decide to change the theme or layout of the blog, thus affecting the placement and/or visibility of comments, I'll make whatever changes I see fit for the smooth running of this blog;
  • If any comment contains insulting profanity or other content which I deem to be causing or likely to cause trouble, I'll edit or delete as I see fit, unless Akismet gets to it before me.

I'll try to remember to display the reason(s) for editing comments, so that folk aren't left hanging wondering what happened and why. I'll also reserve the right to amend this draft policy until it's in a form with which I'm happy. You'll find a copy of the latest version below each comment input box.

Oh, and feel free to comment on this if you like!



The sun's out and the weekend looks like it might be our best chance to get out and do something worthwhile. I'll let you know if anything interesting happens. Meanwhile, here are a few BGbytes:

Long-drawn-out endings...

Days after the close of the wildcamping e-petition, the total's gone up again. It's now at 2021.

Long lines...

The kite line disaster has been addressed - we've shuffled the lines down and replenished at the top, so Anna's 1.2m now has Ella's 30m 50kg braids, Ella's 1.6m now has my repaired 30m(ish) 70kg Protecs, and my 2m Imp's standard 18m 100kg Dyneemas have been supplemented with 30m 110kg and 30m 180kg Ozone Dyneemas. Hopefully we'll get out and give our rehashed setups some test-flights in the next few days.

Long stories...

For those still interested in Zooomr, I found Zooomrwatch via my blog's visitor stats.

Long hikes...

For those interested in Iceland, the CDT, the PCT etc., I found Phlumf while following another link in my stats. There are some impressive pics in there, I recognise quite a few of the places in the Iceland photo set.

Ever wondered…

Posted by on May 21st 2008 in Blog on Blog, Plugins

... what the 3-way lovechild of a HAL 9000, Stephen Hawking's E Z Keys/VoiceText combi and Brian Cobby's UK Speaking Clock would sound like?


Me neither.

Well, not until I hopped over to LondonBackpacker's blog and hit one of the odiogo "listen now" buttons at the top of his blog posts.

Top stuff!

I might be tempted to install it on here, if they can come up with a different voice. Jack Dee, perhaps? Or maybe Homer Simpson? Definitely NOT Brian Blessed, though.

Phased out

Posted by on January 25th 2008 in Astrostuff, Blog on Blog, Rambling on...

A few of my blogging friends have added a moon phase module to their blogs, they're using the widget thing that's available at

Now, it looks fine and dandy when set to display for a Northern Hemispherian like me, it looks like this:

No problems there, that's what the moon looked like last night.

But clicky-clicky on the arrows to set the display for my antipodean cousins and you get...


Tell me it ain't so. Surely the terminator can't just change it's position just because the observer has moved from one hemisphere to the other.

The experts over at SGL concur that it should look like this:

All this space stuff. It's not rocket-science, is it?

Update 27/01/2008: Just visited the website again and the error's been fixed. Another indication of the power of the internet, eh?

Here’s another one

Posted by on September 21st 2007 in Blog on Blog, Site update

Here's Alistair's eBothy Blog, click the pic to be transported there in an interwebnetty sort of way. His website's good too.


Blogroll – new link added

Posted by on September 21st 2007 in Blog on Blog, Site update

I've just been spending some more time looking through Neil Sheridan's blog. It's his account of his bid to go up all of the Wainwright Fells in one year. He's got some cracking pics to go with his reports. Following is a screenshot - I've linked it to his site, so if you want a look-see, just click the pic and his site will open in a new window.


It’s the migration season

Posted by on August 29th 2007 in Blog on Blog, Just for fun

Just like in those epic documentaries by Sir David, we can see a mass migration taking place. Vast herds of bloggers are moving across the landscape, leaving behind the featureless wastes of WLS and Blogger, heading for the fertile land of WordPress. Only one pair of migrants hasn't made it so far, it's possible that the crocs got them at the river-crossing.

Here's to Darren and Ali & Lay (if they get a move on)!

All my own work

Posted by on August 27th 2007 in Blog on Blog

This link says it all.


Peewiglet returns!

Posted by on August 7th 2007 in Blog on Blog

That Alan Sloman bloke's tracked down Peewiglet. She's blogging at - if her blog's anywhere near as good as her website, it'll be one to keep going back to time and again. Nice one, PW!


Thanks, Jamie

Posted by on August 6th 2007 in Blog on Blog, Thanks

Jamie at has been kind enough to feature my blog, and some others that you may have heard of, on his site. It makes a pleasant change to have a good look at what's going on in the rest of the world - have a look yourself and see if there's anything there to pique your interest.


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