The views expressed on Edged in Blue are solely those of one J Winter – writer, comedian, and bon vivant. Those in the comment sections are those of the individual commenters. Comments are not directly moderated. However, they can be deleted or marked as spam at my sole discretion. It’s my cyberlawn. I’ll decide who has to get off of it.
All decisions are mine and mine alone. I make absolutely no claims to being fair or impartial. If Hannity and O’Reilly can turn off people’s mics, so can I. You’ve been warned.
You are welcome to respond. You are welcome to disagree. 99% of the time, I’ll let it stand.
Obvious spam gets zapped. No exceptions. No apologies.
If I think you’re out of line, over the top, or simply that your mother dresses you funny, I reserve the right to delete your comment. Most likely I won’t. However…
Personally attack another poster, a member of my family, or myself, you’re done.
Political posts: I welcome dissent on political posts, except…
Unless you’re being interviewed, candidates need to post elsewhere. It does not matter if I support or oppose you. I prefer to leave the forum for the people doing the actual voting. That goes double for your campaign staff.
If it’s a ballot issue, and I suspect you’re actually posting on behalf of a campaign, you’re gone. The judgment on this is mine and mine alone, and I am not obligated to explain my decision anymore than I’m obligated to invite you to my house for a drink. If that doesn’t work for you, it’s a big Internet. There are sites with a lot more traffic. Go there and knock yourself out.
Both cases are, in essence, advertising. If I’m not taking money to advertise on the blog, you don’t get to advertise in the comments. And if I did take money for ads, guess what. You have to pay, too. Leave the comments to people who just want to comment. If they want advertising, they’ll go to Craigslist. They want campaign ads, they’re sure as hell not coming here.
And finally, remember you’re on my cyberlawn. The government owes you free speech. I owe you nothing. But remember, you also owe me nothing. Fair enough? Good. Now remember, if it’s your blog, these rules apply to your readers, too. See how that works? You get to kick people off your lawn, too.