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    Comment Policy

    At this time, I don't get an overwhelming amount of comments.  But I have had to moderate and remove a few, so I felt that a comment policy is in order.  This is my blog, and therefore it is my space to manage.  It is my hope that this blog will develop over time to become a vibrant community for discussion, whether for those that share life in nearby proximity, or through the web as a space for conversation concerning important ideas and events.

    My policy can be reduced to one sentence: I reserve the right to remove any comment for any reason whatsoever.  If a comment is excessively inflammatory, malicious, or destructive, it will be removed.  If your comment is obviously spam, it will be removed.  If you insult, attack, or demean others who comment, your comments will be removed, or comments will be closed.  Final judgment on what constitutes inflammatory, degrading, or insulting speech is mine to make.

    In order to build up the community, I would ask that when the truth is spoken, that it be done so in love.  I ask that comments be cordial and respectful.  When a disagreement is present either with what I say, or with what another commenter has said, I ask that dissent be expressed irenically, rather than polemically.  If it is possible, I would like to establish the conversation space at this blog as one of peace.  I cannot do that without the assistance of others.

    Finally, if you subscribe to my blog through an RSS feed, through email, or through a blog reader, I'd ask that you leave a comment to say hello.  I'd like to have an idea who is reading.  If you have a blog, link to your space.  If you utilize Twitter, leave your handle, so I can connect with you in that way.  And if you've been reading my blog for a while, and have a topic you'd like to see me address, please indicate that in the feed.

    Thanks for reading, thanks for being respectful, and thanks for building up the community.

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    Reader Comments (7)

    Hey Ben, I read your blog via RSS on my Google feed. I'm a new reader so, hi!

    August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Hargrove


    Thanks! I hope you and your family are doing fantastic in Manhattan, and I also hope you find what I write helpful, relevant, interesting, or whatever. You know what I mean. I hope I make it worth checking in.

    August 16, 2010 | Registered CommenterBen Simpson


    I try and read each blog when you post a link via facebook/twitter- thanks for sharing your heart about this- it reminds me of the Willard quote "its more important to be Christlike then right"

    Grace and Peace, CJ

    August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCJ Fox

    You always make me think. You inspire me to be a more diligent reader and a better Christian.

    I am a regular attender at your blog. Unfortunately, most of the time you are WWAAAAYYY over my head, so to comment might be disingenuous. HAA - But I love reading!!

    I am a simple woman with simple ways.
    So, what am I looking at here? A baby worm? A tiny sauteed onion? A bugar?
    And how does this relate to comment regulation?

    August 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternikki alexander

    Nikki and CJ:

    So glad to have you both as readers! CJ, hopefully you can help me keep my writing peaceable, and Nikki, love the random questions. Perhaps I can philosophize concerning perception, difference, and comment regulation.

    Peace to you both.

    August 24, 2010 | Registered CommenterBen Simpson

    I've just recently started reading your blog in my RSS feed on the recommendation of a friend. Looking forward to reading more.

    I have a very under-utilized blog myself. Just haven't found the motivation to keep it updated often.

    I also use twitter occasionally at ispeakgeek.

    August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Beyer


    Thanks for reading! Hope you continue to come around, and find the conversation informative and helpful.

    August 29, 2010 | Registered CommenterBen Simpson

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