The Rulz

The Rulz for Posting at The Write Side of My Brain

By commenting on this blog, you agree to abide by the public rules I have established as follows. Break the rules, pay the consequences. On this web site, I am the law and I will interpret the rules according to my mood of the day which may vary with the presense of mint chocolate chip ice cream or a really, really good Merlot. Depending upon the severity of your violation you will be subject to editing or banning.

First things first: I stole and adapted these rules from the gracious and elegant Kat at CatHouse Chat, who in turn adapted them from La Shawn Barber. Why reinvent the wheel when these ladies are brilliant.

Here now, The Rules:

First: I own this blog. I am responsible for all of the content. It is mine, not yours. To paraphrase President Reagan “I pay for this blog.” You’re welcome to read and to comment, as long as you follow the rules. To quote Ms. Barber, “this is my weblog and I pay for the hosting. The First Amendment protects my right to speak on this site, not yours. The amendment prohibits government from infringing on my right of free expression. On this blog, your expression is a privilege. On your own blog, your expression is a right. Learn the distinction.”

Second: No foul language. No personal attacks. No hate speech.  No racism. No threats. No exceptions. “Grown up” language my be edited out. Break any other aspects of this rule and you’ll be banned. Permanently.

Third: Varying viewpoints are welcome, as long as you present them with respect. I love a good snark. But things like “you’re stupid” or “you suck” really show a lack of creativity. Post your disagreements, back them up with facts. Who knows, you might even convince me to change my mind? Doubtful. But it could happen. But do it without the name calling. This isn’t grammar school.

Fourth: If I break my own rules, call me on it. Despite what some of you may think I am a grownup. I’ll either correct my mistake, or tell you why you’re wrong.

Finally, as I am the law and with regard to this blog I am also the Supreme Court. I can reinterpret and revise these rules at any given moment.

Now, back to your reading assignments.

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