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The Return of Comments

And lo and behold, the king emerged from his castle to declare that the comment section would once again be open to all. The crowd erupted in cheer, with men dancing in the streets and young women fainting from joy. The olden days were back.

No, but seriously, I’ve realized that closing comments was a big mistake.

I killed the comments last January because the signal-to-noise ratio was too low and because I was convinced that in our era of ubiquitous social nit-working, blog comment sections were a relic from a bygone era. Thing is, a blog’s comment section is defined by its readers. If the blog is stupid and lowest common denominator, the comments will be stupid. Because my readers are intelligent folks, I should be getting intelligent responses.

Therefore, the comments are coming back as of… now.

I have only three rules I expect you guys to follow:

  1. Personal attacks, flaming, trolling and other idiotic behavior is not allowed. Commenters who are repeatedly rude or belligerent will be banned from commenting, and potentially from visiting the site outright.
  2. I reserve the right to ban or censor any commenter for any reason, or no reason at all. This blog is private property, and I don’t have to allow people I don’t care for to run amok, any more than a homeowner is obligated to let homeless people into his living room to talk shit.
  3. Finally, think about what you’re writing before you hit “Submit.” If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, you probably shouldn’t say it online. There is no such thing as perfect anonymity on the Internet. It only takes a dedicated stalker—or a big enough screw-up on your part—to ruin everything.

Now, have at it!

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