How Commenting Works
We are excited to hear your thoughts!
When commenting, you will need to provide a name and email address. That’s how WordPress works. You don’t have to give your real name if you don’t want to, but please choose a pseudonym other than “anonymous,” so we can respond appropriately to the appropriate individuals. Please choose one name and stick to it, to help with moderating comments. Your email address will not be displayed when the comment is posted. And the “website” field is optional; you may use it to refer to a website where you post regularly, not someone else’s website that you’re using to back up your comment (that should instead be included in the body of your comment).
If your comment doesn’t show up automatically, don’t panic, it’s being held in moderation. All first-time comments are automatically screened (per WordPress’s policies), as are any that accidentally or intentionally violate either the comments policy (below) or the mysterious workings of the WordPress screener.
This blog is a side-project, so it could take anywhere from a few hours to a couple days for your comment to be released from moderation and surface. Sorry! That’s just life right now.
This blog aims to be a respectful conversational environment, and differing viewpoints are welcome. Please respect that, although you may have had nothing but wonderful experiences in particular kinds of churches or with particular kinds of theology, that has not always been the situation for others. Their stories, too, are deserving of attention.
To that end, if your comment is deleted, it has likely violated one of the following policies. Any grey area is to be determined by the blog owners. Our blog, our rules.
Most comments over 300 words will be deleted, to improve the flow of conversation. Feel free to simply shorten your comment.
If you would like to instead include a link to your own blog, where you’ve expounded more in-depth on your viewpoint of the particular topic of a particular post, we would be happy to hear your opinion.
To maintain the flow of conversation, if your comment is off topic or leads to too long of a tangent, it may be deleted.
- Including, but not limited to:
- Name-calling, slurs, or derogatory terms of any kind
- Direct threats
- Information that would “out” someone who has chosen to comment here anonymously or with a pseudonym
- Bullying or harassment
Presents a False or Harmful View of the Gospel
We consider this blog a type of ministry and feel a responsibility to provide accurate information, not a platform for either hateful or ignorant-but-harmful speech. We may allow certain comments through (and provide our own commentary on them) to educate or provide evidence, but that is solely at our discretion. Again, our blog, our rules.
Our intent is to allow a diverse array of viewpoints. So, basically, as long as you remain respectful and open to hearing others’ opinions, your comment is likely to be allowed. In the rare situations where we let a comment through but edit it, we will make it clear which parts are original and which parts are modified.