Our Comments Policy
As you know, Web 2.0 is all about the conversation. Without a few simple ground rules, that conversation can turn into a shouting match that discourages others from entering into the fray.
Although there’s been limited incivility on my social media and website columns (thank you, kind readers), there’s this sneaking feeling an increase is in the works. For the first time, I’ve noticed odd, off-topic or senselessly rambling comments creeping in. I thought it would be a good time to explain our posting and commenting practices. The rules have been there for years, but a reminder can be helpful.
As my dad used to say: My house. My rules.
So here is KeyWestWatch Media comments policy, which also applies to Key West Island News and to our Key West Island News Facebook Page. By posting on my columns, you agree to the following:
You may comment if you provide your name and a valid email address. You may post anonymously. I don’t recommend this, but you may do so if you wish. I may change this rule if it is abused.
You may post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, I would rather receive your comments on my website columns than via email. It is a better use of my time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar emails.
You may disagree with me. I welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree with me—or anyone else, for that matter—do so in a way that is respectful. In my opinion, there is way too much shouting in the public square to tolerate it here.
KeyWestWatch Media and Key West Island News reserve the right to delete your comments. This is my blog. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog not mine.
Specifically, I will delete your comments if you post something that is, in my sole opinion, (a) snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services; or (e) simply doesn’t make sense.
You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
You grant KeyWestWatch Media and Key West Island News a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.
In short, my goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this simple comments policy will facilitate this.