Although I love comments and feedback from readers and actively encourage folks to post comments and questions (if I’ve lapsed into tech jargon and forgotten to ‘splain, please don’t hesitate to ask), there are a few things I simply won’t tolerate:
Unsolicited advertising. I’ve got nothing against recommend products and websites relevant to a post (some kind reader in the past posted a link in the comments and saved me sixty bucks on a hairdryer).
No, I’m referring to comment spamming. For those of you out there who are comment spamming (and you know who you are), please do us all a favor and go fuck yourselves. WordPress has some kickass filters to keep your ‘commentvertisments’ from getting through, so really you’re just wasting your time.
If you want to advertise on my blog you’ll have to cough up some serious cash, pal. I’ve got a swanky lifestyle to maintain.
Flamebaiting. If you’d like to respectfully disagree with something I’ve (or someone else has) written, feel free to do so, but be nice about it – if you can’t be nice at least be adult. We’re not in third grade anymore so name-calling will just get your comments deleted. Plus, I’ll think you’re a booger-head.
If you are in third grade, you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog. I swear way too much.
On a related note – I’m in a labor union. Many of the folks who read and comment this blog are also in labor unions, and if we all got together and started typing we could write a dozen books about how much non-union film production sucks, so if you’re one of those “I hate all unions” people you’re probably not going to find any sympathy here. Since there are plenty of places on the internet where you’re welcome to post that type of stuff, why not just go there and save me the trouble of deleting your comments?
Remember, if I have to spend more than 8 hours at a stretch deleting your “Unions are destroying America” comments I will hunt you down and charge you time-and-a-half.
Umbrage. Much of what I write is tongue-in-cheek, and while I’ll admit that some humor doesn’t travel well over the internet, I’d hope you have enough sense to recognize when I’m not being entirely serious. Posting an angry missive about how mean I am for kicking puppies or accidentally backing my car over Brett Ratner six times isn’t going to do anything other than advertise that you missed the point.
Hate speech. Don’t like Jews? Can’t stand Asians? Faint at the sight of gays? Take it elsewhere – like to one of those sites written by some jack-booted nutbar who’s got a swastika tattooed on the dog. Or something. Around here, the hate is solely merit-based.