When it comes to comment guidelines, I sort of have one, but I haven’t paid much attention to it. What I do is that I just use common sense when I disregard some of the comments coming in regarding my posts. For instance, I don’t allow spam at all. If a comment is not a comment but just a link, I delete it – no question about it. I also delete comments with links and text related to porn (becuase I don’t write about porn).
Other than that, I have followed “a receipe” of guidelines when it comes to comments. If my blog was one with a lot of traffic, I would probably have paid more attention to it, and I would probably have stated my guidelines somewhere on my blog (where everybody would see it).
I am not sure how rather famous bloggers do it, but according to a very informative book that I am still reading called Blog Marketing, there are some guidelines that bloggers should at least think about before starting a blog (and these are the guidelines that I have been looking at, but not stated on my blog):
- Identify who owns the content
- Establish what types of comments aren’t allowed
- Determine whether or not comments are moderated
- Decide whether or not you will allow anonymous comments
- Decide how you will deal with questionable situations
The only one I am really sure of is that the comments are moderated by me. I get way too much spam to allow comments directly on my blog. Commenters are allowed to be anonymous, well sort of. They must write a name and e-mail, but I have no clue if the person who publish the comment is who he or she claims to be. Everything else is common sense to me, I deal with questionable situations when they appear.