Wrestling with the pigs

17 Nov

So you’ve got your blog set up and are regularly posting interesting pieces that encourage engagement with your audience, when all of sudden some reader decides to slag you off in a comment at the end.

What do you do?

I guess it somewhat depends on the degree of the slag.

If it’s libelous, delete it. This is your business you’re protecting and it has nothing to do with censorship.

If it’s uncalled for, racist, sexist or otherwise piggish, chuck it. Nothing to be gained from having a comment up that leaves a stink in your blogosphere. And no sense in engaging with the poster on your blog.

As George Bernard Shaw said: “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”

If there’s a shred of truth in the comment, or it could lead to an interesting exchange, sharpen your thoughts and go after it.

The Blogger’s Code of Conduct (yes there is such a thing) carries the following pledge:

1. We take responsibility for our own words and reserve the right to restrict comments on our blog that do not conform to basic civility standards.

2. We won’t say anything online that we wouldn’t say in person.

3. If tensions escalate, we will connect privately before we respond publicly.

4. When we believe someone is unfairly attacking another, we take action.

5. We do not allow anonymous comments.

6. We ignore the trolls.

Ignoring the trolls is good advice. Now, who’s up for taking on the spammers?

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2 Responses to “Wrestling with the pigs”

  1. amy@turbinecreative.com November 17, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    Now I wanna know where? Where is this comment? Pointer, please:

  2. dougbrowncreative November 17, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    No specific comment on our blog (yet!) has sent us scurrying to the rules and regs. Just a general heads up!

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