Monday, October 22, 2012

House Rules

Hello Blogders! 

I think it's time to refresh the rules governing content on my humble weblog.

I try to bring you my unique mix of current events and pop culture as often as possible.

I welcome and encourage your engagement here.

If you've ever wondered why your comment disappeared, check the rules in the "FAQ" section of this page to see if you violated any terms of use.

What do I like? An exchange, a flow of ideas about news of the day; your personal connection or reaction to news stories; and knowing you like a story or the fact that I posted it.

What I don't like: Profanity, racist or homophobic slurs, and any other inappropriate material. Sometimes comments are otherwise good but if they are laced with "bad words" I can't use them.

If you comment on my posts via Facebook, know that the Social Network has pretty tight spam filters, so it will automatically hide your comment for my review if it includes profanity or all-caps.

Comments that are off-topic are off-limits, D'oh!

If you would like to shoot me a news tip, send a photo, or have a question of some sort, please send me an e-mail rather than a comment on a post.

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Because, like the fine publication Tablet, whom I borrowed this concept from, I too am committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing I'm able to provide, all free of charge. I take pride in my loyal readership, and I'm thrilled that you choose to engage with me in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse).

I'm asking people who'd like to post comments on my blog to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping me bring you the provocative and/or entertaining articles that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with me FREE of charge via Facebook comments and Google+ comments! You can also reach me via Twitter @davelucas

I hope this new largely symbolic measure will help create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all! Those of you who choose to contribute, thanks for your support.


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