1. Read the whole post. Yes, I know I’m verbose, but especially if you’re going to tell me I missed an aspect of the issue I was blogging on, please at least check to see if I actually covered it in the second-to-last paragraph.
2. I respect your right to your opinion; please respect my right to mine. “How dumb!” and similar comments don’t help the conversation at all. Yes, I really think this, and I have my reasons, which I usually explain; otherwise, I wouldn’t have written it. You’re free to think I’m severely misguided, but I ask that you specify why.
3. I don’t care about length. If you send me a huge comment (and people have), I will read all of it.
4. I approve comments after I’ve read them. No, unless they were spam or inappropriate, I do not normally delete comments, whether I liked them or not. They don’t show up immediately because I have comment approval turned on.
5. No hijacking. Please stay on the topic of the post. If you want to argue about something else, WordPress offers blogs for free: go start your own. I may or may not choose to reply, or even to post your comment, depending on how far off topic it is.
That’s it. Short and sweet, oddly enough for me. If someone finds a new way to abuse the comments section, I may add more, but we should be able to keep the conversation civil with this.