The comment section on any social media platform can be both wonderful and horrible. Just because comment sections exist, some people think that they are a free soapbox on which all opinions, even awful ones, are given voice and space.
I had to shut my comment off for a while until I had the chance to get some help to properly moderate them. would highly recommend that any blogger out there do the same. That is, make sure your comments are moderated and if not, then shut them off until you can get someone to help.
This is because comment spaces can quickly become the breeding ground for some of the most deplorable behavior imaginable. It’s sad to think what some people are capable of when they are hiding behind a computer screen as anonymous user number 268.
You have to be careful about protecting the integrity of your content. If you don’t moderate, then any whackjob who’s having a bad hair day can vomit their opinions all over your work and make you look bad. Believe me, this is no picnic!
But comments sections serve a very important positive role in our internet world today. They give millions of people out there the ability to engage with their content in a way that expresses their opinion.
So what is it that most people are looking for when they are online? The answer is two words: Love and Connection. Comment sections and forums are the opportunity to fulfill this need.
And quite honestly, I really missed my comments sections when I had them turned off. I love what most people have to say, I even laugh at some of the whackjobs. (but I never post them!)
Just a quick summary of the guidelines we are setting for comments:
The Moderator’s purpose or role is to allow a safe clean space that encourages peoples engagement.
What is allowed:
-People’s ideas or opinions, even if they are radical or controversial or disagree with the content. AS LONG AS THEY ARE WRITTEN IN AN INTELLIGENT AND NON OFFENSIVE MANNER.
-Anything that is expressed in an intelligent manner using neutral language.
-Links to other peoples work or websites if it is somewhat related to the post or the comment threads. Yes, we will help others promote their work because we would like them to promote ours!
-Dialogues in the comment threads where people go back and forth in a discussion with each other. Let them go on as long as they may need to as long as they don’t get out of control.
-QEG questions should all be directed to the FAQ’s wherever possible. We spent a lot of time covering the toughest and most common questions.
What is NOT allowed:
-The first rule: NO HATE. Do not insult the blog writer (HopeGirl) or the FTW organization or the QEG or any of our projects. (Well Duh!) These comments will be immediately deleted, and we wont even finish reading them if they start with hate words. So long novella type escapades of hate will be lost in the ethers of cyberspace never to be read by anyone.
A Note from the Moderator 😉
“I am thankful to each and every one of you for bringing your soul’s pure light and love energy to this beautiful discussion. Let’s keep shining our light and share in harmony. Love you all!”