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Comment Policy

افكار و احلام is my space for publishing my thoughts (and concerns, and complaints) on the Internet. I am not obligated to provide other people with a forum for their thoughts, just as I am not obligated to let inside my house anyone who shows up at my door. However, I believe that, in most cases, reader comments and trackbacks or pingbacks (hereinafter “comments”) improve the conversation around important issues, and I have enabled comments on افكار و احلام.

Comments from unrecognized commenters are automatically held for moderation; comments from repeat commenters are moderated manually, i.e., they may be removed after publication if they fail to adhere to this site’s comment policy.

Generally speaking, I approve all comments that satisfy my interpretation of the following criteria:

  1. The comment is not spam nor is it designed solely to drive traffic elsewhere.
  2. The commenter provides a real name or a proper screen name (“Cheap Lawn Chairs” and “Joe @ MyCellPhoneTips.blah” are neither real names nor proper screen names).
  3. The comment is not wildly off-topic.
  4. The comment is not obscene or profane.
  5. The comment is civil in tone, respectful in nature, and constructive in intent (e.g., neither “trolling” nor abusive).
  6. The comment must be substantially in English, as this is an English-language blog.

I will specifically delete or decline to approve (hereinafter “delete”) any comment which is, in my sole opinion, libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law, or is “spam.” However, I reserve the right to delete any comment, regardless of content, for any reason; this is, in the end, my blog.

I do not own your comments and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By submitting a comment on افكار و احلام, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.

In addition, you grant افكار و احلام a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, and perpetual license to store and reproduce your comment text and name/URL in attribution. In other words, you allow this site to display your comment along with the article on which you commented, as well as include your comment in any syndication features (“feeds”) or other methods of content sharing that may be provided.

By submitting a comment on افكار و احلام, you agree to the above comment policy.

This policy is subject to change at any time and was last updated on May 1, 2015. (CC)

(Thanks to Weblog Tools Collection, from whose comment policy this policy liberally borrows, and Dan Wood, whose Creative Commons-licensed comments policy included additional considerations which I have incorporated into my policy.)