Rules Regarding Comments, Emails, Future Forum Posts, And Stuff Like That

If Your Comment Hasn’t Shown Up Yet

comments encouragedIf this is your first time posting to Atheist Geek News, your comments won’t show up until they’re approved. If you have posted before but you’re using a different email address, then my site will assume you’re new, and again, you must wait to be approved. Sorry about that; it’s just a way of cutting down on spam. If it’s been a couple of days since you left your comment, you might try emailing me about it. I have, on rare occasions, found genuine comments sitting idle in the site’s spam filter. I only check it once every couple of months.

What If You Left a Nasty Comment?

If you’re afraid that I’ve intentionally blocked your comments because they were unfavorable, don’t worry. If you look around, you’ll find plenty of others hate me as much as you do. :) Nasty comments are often hilarious and only add to the fun, so I’m more than happy to let them stay. If you want to make an unfavorable comment, all I can say is, go nuts. If you want to write me about something really personal, I suggest you go to my about page where you’ll find my email address and email your comment to me instead.

Email

My email address can be found on my about page. Be forewarned: I reserve the right to publish your email if it really deserves to be published. Hey, if it’s incredibly idiotic or just so over the top that I burst out laughing, then how can I resist? Remember that before writing me to spew your hate.

Let’s put this into perspective. This isn’t a talk show, so in most cases, emails will stay private between you and me. Attempts to get advice on saving your marriage, yanking your kids out of the Tower, or anything like that will never be published. Even I’m not that big of a dick. But if your email is a hilarious rant on how much you hate me and my site, no promises. Believe it or not, I do get emails and comments from crazified persons whose rants deserve to be broadcast to the world at large. We’re mostly talking about prime examples of stupidity, over the top attempts at conversion, or frothing at the mouth craziness here.

In summary, I may even write an article about it if your rant, attempt at religious conversion, or whatever, is truly hilarious or insane. But I will never publish something that is truly private.

Rules and Whatnot About Leaving Comments

If you’d like to be blocked from posting at Atheist Geek News forever, then this is how you do it.

no spam at agnSpamming Atheist Geek News is not allowed under any circumstances. Neither are canned diatribes that end in a convenient link to your site. That is also spam. Note that doing this more than once will take you from merely pushing your luck to getting yourself banned. One particular ex-Witness seems to enjoy doing this and it screams “spam” to everyone that comes here. It bugs my visitors and it bugs me. No matter the nobility of your cause or your message, this isn’t the way to earn a link to your site. Neither is, “Awesome post bro. www.buymycurlyballsforsales.com.” No one actually falls for this, do they? Even my spam filters are smart enough to catch posts like that.

The smart way to get a plug in for your site or cause is to simply make a relevant comment, preferably one that is interesting or that adds to the article you’re commenting on in some way, then drop a link to something similar you wrote. Heck, I might even go there if you do it the right way. If I think your site is one that my readers will want to know about, I may even give you an official plug by adding a link to it permanently alongside Virushead and JWN. I like helping ex-Witnesses and other former believers whenever I can. But I will never, ever do this for you if you spam me to death. End of story.

I don’t begrudge someone the opportunity to get a plug in for their site. It helps everybody with a web site, including me. I just don’t want to be annoyed or have my time wasted while you do it. Most people feel the same way. Help yourself by not annoying the rest of us.

Beyond that, you can pretty much go nuts. I don’t care if you use foul language, tell dirty jokes, or call my pet rats a bunch of plague carriers. Obviously, I do reserve the right to respond to your comments, but in general, I try to give what I get. If your comments are respectful, I will try to return the favor. If your comments tell me to go eff myself, I’ll probably return the favor. If you post something that criticizes an article I’ve written, leave a comment that criticizes me or a group I’m associated with (like atheists, skeptics, ex-Christians, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.) I will probably tell you why I think you’re wrong. Unless, of course, you manage to change my mind.

It’s really up to you.

What If I’m a Well Meaning Believer Out to Make Converts?

Papa Don't PreachI am not a fan of evangelism. But if you try to convert me or my readers, I will still allow the comment so long as there’s some substance to it. (By substance, I mean that you actually have something to say instead of just spamming my site for your church or deity.) Just don’t expect me to be overly kind in my response. Sorry guys, but I have a very low tolerance for evangelists who want to preach at me or my readers. They find it irritating and so do I. And no, I really don’t care if it’s a directive of your religion or not. I used to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, so believe me when I say that I’ve heard it all before. I tend to do a lot of eye rolling when people tell me how selfless their motives are for preaching at other people. At least I’m allowing you to make the post. Just don’t expect me to be happy about it, or – and this is the worst thing you can hope for when you’re preaching at me – deferential. (This is what many evangelists mislabel as “respect.”)

If you’re like most evangelists, chances are high that you will actually do more harm to your cause of making converts than good. If you want to minimize the harm you’re about to inflict on your cause, then I suggest you read some of my articles about the mistakes evangelists make when trying to convert others before you try to preach here.

Chat Room Or Forums?

I have been toying with the idea of adding a chat room or forum to Atheist Geek News for a while. I tried both of them, but my site became too slow. So I deleted both of them. If things should change and a chat room or forum goes up, then you can probably count on the same rules applying there as well.

In Summary

Emailing me is OK, though I might post your email if you seem like an insane wacko or a moron whose message is too funny to resist sharing with the world. All other emails will remain private.

Naughty language in the comments or the forums is fine.

Dirty jokes in the comments or forums are fine.

Complaints about me or my articles in the comments or forums are fine. Post them at your own risk, however. I reserve the right to respond in kind. Be nice and I’ll be nice, too.

Spamming me or my readers through email, comments, or the forum is not fine. I don’t care if you think it’s spam or not, it will still get you blocked from commenting if I think it is spam.

Attempts to convert me or my readers will be tolerated – just barely – so long as you have something real to say. But you preach at us with the risk of being shouted at or having your beliefs brutally criticized for your troubles. Do I really need to explain that to anyone? Sorry, but I don’t care if you think that’s intolerant or not. You have been warned.

Thems the rules. I think, for the most part, that these are pretty typical for most web sites, or maybe even slightly more lenient than many.

Thanks for reading. :)

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