I just wanted to post a quick note letting you all know about TMP’s new comment policy. Recently the site has had a few novel-length, rude comments on very old posts. The most recent instance, which occurred tonight, was the last straw for me. The commenter attacked me, as a person, because I wrote that I didn’t like their favorite character in one of the books featured in my Book vs. Film series.
I’m all for discussion surrounding my posts — in fact, I highly value the opinions of TMP’s readers. When someone sees a film differently than I do, I’m always interested in reading their thoughts, and seeing how we interpreted things differently. My mind has even been changed completely on a couple of occasions, thanks to these discussions. Art is subjective, and should be talked about!
But these discussions need to be courteous. Attacking someone (the blogger, or another commenter) simply for disagreeing with you… well, that type of behavior crosses the “courteous” line by a hundred miles, and I will not tolerate it on TMP.
From here forward, the policy will be to delete the offensive comment, as well as block the IP and email address used by the commenter. (Thankfully, WordPress offers these features built-in. I’ve always required name/email for comments by non-WP readers, and I just found out in about 2.5 seconds how easy it is to block someone. Thank you, WP!)
Additionally, I have set the comments sections up to close automatically, 90 days after the post is originally published. This will stop random, angry people who find the blog through Google from tactlessly expressing themselves (which I believe was the case tonight).
Those of you who catch up on my blog every once in a while, maybe a few weeks after publishing, will still be able to comment as you have been doing, as will (of course) those of you who visit the blog frequently. If you wish to discuss a review/post older than 90 days, feel free to email me — the address is published on my “About” page — or contact me on Twitter/Tumblr.
I hope everyone will find this policy to be acceptable. If you are reading this, you likely are not the problem, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up — particularly regarding the new time restriction on comments. Thank you for understanding!
(PS – This doesn’t count as a daily post! It’s just an additional announcement. I’ll be back in the morning with a recap of my most-recent Redford Theatre visit.)