Better Blairstown Blog Comments Policy

On these pages we will share our thoughts on the issues facing Blairstown as they pertain to our candidacy. Sometimes we will cover economic issues, other times, community happenings, or issues around communications and accountability.

We hope this proves to be a positive forum to share ideas on how to make a “Better Blairstown” for all residents. We don’t expect everyone to agree with our ideas, but we feel this needs to be an online space that is safe for disagreement. As such we will ask that everyone adhere to our comments policy below, which is intended to keep the “civil in civics.”

We reserve the right to delete any comments that are in poor taste, mean, snarky, or downright uncivil. We believe in the First Amendment freedom of speech, so if someone wishes to violate the comments policy, they should feel free to share those thoughts on their own blog or social media platform, not ours.

Special thanks to Michael Hyatt for sharing his thoughtful policy in the spirit of open exchanges.

Comments Policy

  1. You may comment without registering.
  2. You may post anonymously. I don’t recommend this, but you may do so if you wish. I may change this rule if it is abused.
  3. You may post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, I would rather receive your comments on my blog than via email. It is a better use of my time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar emails.
  4. You may disagree with me. I welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree with me—or anyone else, for that matter—do so in a way that is respectful. In my opinion, there is way too much shouting in the public square to tolerate it here.
  5. I reserve the right to delete your comments. This is my blog. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. If you’re a U.S. citizen, The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog not mine.Specifically, I will delete your comments if you post something that is, in my sole opinion, (a) snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.
  6. You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
  7. You grant me a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.




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