30 January 2017

A Comment Policy Refresher

We won’t have a Tidbits post/open post this week. I want to take a moment and refresh the blog’s commenting policy instead. I aim to keep the rules for comments short and easy to understand. I’ll spell them out in a second, but they all boil down to an understanding of the spirit of the blog.

“Purely frivolous and perfectly harmless snark and admiration for all things stylish and royal,” that’s our motto. This place is intended to be an escape, a space in which you can relax and enjoy some frivolous commentary on outfits and jewels, maybe laugh a little bit while you’re at it. We all have more weighty issues on our minds, and that’s exactly why I believe it’s important to preserve a few precious pockets of fun for ourselves. Don’t we all need a little distraction sometimes?

Accordingly, these are the rules for comments:

Equal opportunity praise and friendly snark shall be offered up here. If you find that your personal feeling of dislike towards any of these public figures is so strong you can’t avoid it, you need to find another outlet for your hate. Likewise, if you can’t stand any level of critique for your favorite royal and thus feel the need to go after any commenter who doesn’t lavish praise on your fave, you need to find another outlet for that crusade.

Treat each other as friends. You don't have to agree with me or with other commenters, but you do have to be civil. Attacks are not welcome. I'll also drop a reminder here that you can make your point without purposefully aggravating or scolding your fellow commenters.

No weight discussions (in either scale direction), no plastic surgery speculation, and no pregnancy speculation, please. Because all of these tend to turn discussions into something contrary to the spirit of the blog.

No politics. This includes off topic discussion of the fashion of public figures related to politics. The exceptions to this rule are events directly involving political figures, such as state visits (where their fashion is occasionally discussed), and situations in which politics gives necessary context to a royal event. (Still, that last one is pretty rare, given that we focus on the fashions and the jewels.)

Please stay on topic. We have a home for off topic chatter, such as royal events that aren’t being covered on the main blog, and that home is our weekly Tidbits post. Please do not change the topic on other posts.

Comments that are not in this spirit, as determined by me, will be deleted at my discretion. Commenters that can not comply with these guidelines time and again will be banned from commenting on this site. This includes commenters that know better and persist in pushing the rules anyway.

The request to avoid politics has become a bit of a sticking point in the weekly Tidbits conversation over the past few months, for some of you that enjoy using that post as a personal chat room each week. Without making a mountain out of a molehill, I just wanted to take this opportunity to clarify and reiterate the commenting policy. Sometimes the conversations in Tidbits stray away from the topic of this blog – royal fashion and jewels – and maybe that makes it easy to forget that this is still a blog with a specific focus, rather than a private personal forum, and that’s why moderation and commenting rules still apply.

I feel very lucky and very proud that we have such an active and kind group of commenters. I’m honored that so many of you have found a community here. I want that to continue, and I appreciate your help in making that happen. Thank you!