Unlike many other blogs written by Christian authors, this blog allows comments. However, Frank is not the one who moderates the comments. So if your comment wasn’t approved, he probably knows nothing about it. Here are the standards used for comment approval. Be sure to read #10 as it accounts for most comments that do not get approved.
1. Spam or self-promotion comments or links will not be approved. This includes links to other sites as well as links to your own sites. If you want to discuss a particular blog post, interact with it in the comments section here. Do not refer people to a different site to see what you or someone else has to say. If you wish to advertise a blog, website, or book, ask for our advertising rates.
2. Flames or anything remotely similar to a flame will not be approved. A flame is an attack on someone personally, impugning their motives and/or character.
3. Comments that bash churches, other Christians, or ministries will not be approved. It’s one thing to critique a church or ministry by stating general principles (rather than by name). But it’s another thing to bash it, run it down by name, or judge its motivations.
4. Comments that slander, make personal accusations against, judge motives, or misrepresent others or their work will not be approved. Jesus and Paul said that if you have an issue with someone or their teaching, you go to them directly with an open mind, thinking the best. Misrepresentations and misinformation abound on the Internet, and they are usually fueled by people who have never contacted the individuals whose work they are critiquing. Paul said, “malign no one” NASB; “speak evil of no one” NKJV; “slander no one” NIV (Titus 3:2). Let us be obedient to our Lord and treat others the same way we wish to be treated if it were us.
5. Posts that contain gossip about others will not be approved. Gossip is second or third-hand information that puts someone in a negative light without their knowledge or consent. The information can be true, false, or partial.
6. Comments that the Blog Manager doesn’t understand due to confusing content or language will not be approved. If the Blog Manger doesn’t understand it, there’s a good chance that others won’t either.
7. Comments that are incredibly long won’t be approved. All are free to share. But no one should monopolize the conversation. Keep your comments fairly short so the conversation is encouraged not hindered.
8. Too many comments by the same person on a single post may not be approved. Comment once, then wait to respond to someone else’s comment. But be careful how often you comment on a single post.
9. Comments that are purely contentious or defamatory won’t be approved. Disagreements are allowed, and you will find many disagreements in the comments section of the various posts. But contentious comments that contain a defamatory tone will not be approved. Neither will comments where you simply repeat the same points that you’ve already made without taking seriously the responses of others to what you’ve already written.
10. Sometimes legitimate comments go into the spam folder, so they are not seen by the moderator. So if your comment doesn’t violate any of the above standards, assume that it went into spam and no one saw it. Because the spam folder garners hundreds of spam comments per week, the entire folder is deleted each week without viewing the contents.
~The Blog Manager