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Comment Policy

Please note: All comments require approval by a moderator before they will be allowed to show on this web log. This is due in part to problems with immature people that post abusive comments, because they think they are anonymous and that makes being abusive “okay”. These puerile folk are likely not truly anonymous, they just think they are because they are on “the internet”. This is also in part a measure to combat comment SPAM and trackback SPAM. As review by one of our editors or moderators is the only sure way to combat SPAM effectively 100% of the time, you can blame the SPAM jerks for this needing to be done.

As of June 2013 we replaced BWS Captcha with Ice Captcha on our site due to SPAM getting through and Ice Captcha 2.0 being released with fixes to the previous problem. We do not require a subscription to post comments. We do still require that comments meet our criteria:

  • Use a real e-mail address that you intend to keep when you post your comment. E-mail addresses will be checked for validity. Comments with invalid e-mail addresses will be deleted, not posted.
  • Using a creative pseudonym with your comment is okay. However, using the real name of another person and representing yourself as that person is not okay. In many cases this may be illegal. If we are contacted by law enforcement about a comment being so posted, we will likely give them assistance in tracking you down. So, “just say no” to posting as some other person.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor in your comments.
    • Avoid swear words. Swearing or obfuscating swear words is always unnecessary to get your point across.
    • The ERACC Web Log editor and administration staff reserves the right to edit comments to remove swearing. Such edits will be noted at the bottom of a comment so edited.
  • Stay on-topic with the article on which your comment will appear. Off-topic comments may be allowed or deleted, depending on the subject and circumstance surrounding said comments..
  • No abusive comments will be posted.
    • Abuse may get your account and/or IP banned.
    • Threatening comments may be reported to authorities.
    • The ERACC Web Log editor and administration staff determines what is abusive and what is not. As our Web Log is not a Democracy, this is not open to debate.
  • Using images in comments.
    • No more than one image per comment.
    • Keep image sizes at 150×150 or below.
    • G-rated images only.
    • Anything else will cause your comment to be disallowed.

URLs (links) in comments, including links placed in “Website” on the comment form:

  • If pointing to a blog or other web site, the site must be Linux friendly, not filled with pro-Microsoft anti-Linux FUD and not full of advertising.
  • URLs to commercial sites that relate to one of our stories are usually acceptable upon our discretion after review.
  • URLs that do not meet our criteria will be removed from a comment or the entire comment will be deleted or marked as SPAM. The ERACC Web Log editor and administration staff are the sole arbiters of which URLs are acceptable and which are not.

Comment Deletion Requests

  • The e-mail must match for a deletion request to be considered.
  • We do not delete comments once they are approved and posted unless there is a compelling reason for us to do so.

    Examples:

    • Your embarrassment because you posted in anger and haste is not a compelling reason for us.
    • Your desire to not have information you posted show up in web searches and tied to you is not a compelling reason for us.
    • You posted information that is proprietary and is illegal for us to have on our site is a compelling reason for us.
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