Here at Karen On, the rules are simple: I blog, you comment, we discuss. However, every good community must abide some rules, and I’ve established some for this site:
- NO personal attacks: Constructive criticism of my work is fine, and it’s totally okay to disagree with me or with one of your fellow commentators. But there is absolutely no excuse to call anyone names or to attack someone based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, occupation, or just about anything, really. This is a snarky blog, not a hateful one. There’s a difference.
- NO spam: Thankfully, WordPress is pretty good at keeping the spam at bay, but if you’re a robot or are here just to promote some product or website that is guaranteed to give people viruses, your comment will not be approved and will be deleted. However, if you want to link to relevant content or are a fellow blogger who wants to share some of your own work (Again, if it’s relevant to the post), please do, by all means! Just remember to not overdo it—otherwise, that’s considered spam.
- NO hate speech: This kind of goes along with “NO personal attacks,” but it’s possible to be hateful without attacking me or a commentator on the site. For example, you can refer to people of color, LGBTQ people, or people with special needs by some derogatory terms, and that would be considered “hate speech” on this site. However, these terms may be thrown out by me and in turn, may be allowed by commentators ONLY in a contextual sense. For instance, I might rant about teenagers calling President Obama the n-word. I may repeat that as part of my post, but that doesn’t mean I endorse it anyway—I am just adding countering thoughts to an issue that irks me. But I will never use such language to attack a person or group, and you shouldn’t either.
- NO NSFW content: Please do not embed pornographic or graphically violent images or videos in comments, and do not trick anyone in leading to such content outside this website. Again, it may be okay to LINK to content if it’s contextual—for example, discussing sex scenes in film or what the scariest horror movies are—but please only post a link to the content and a clear warning that it is NSFW. Don’t post these things just for the heck of it. If I ever post something that I think may be NSFW, I will be sure to label it. I expect the same from commentators.
This list is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. Commentators who do not abide this policy will be subject to their comments being deleted and may be blocked from participating in site discussions depending on the severity of their situations. If you find that a fellow community member is not abiding by these rules, please contact me.
Thank you for your cooperation and for abiding by Karen On’s commenting policy.