‘Bipolar Burble’ Blog Commenting Rules
Hi. Natasha Tracy here, writer of the Bipolar Burble blog.
I’ve never written rules for commenting on this site, because it’s simple, there is only one rule:
Act like an adult.
Don’t pull pigtails, don’t make fun of people, raise your hand to ask a question. Simple.
However, it seems some people need more specifics on what it means to act like an adult.
Rules for Commenting on the Bipolar Burble Blog
- Comments must be on-topic. If it isn’t related to the article or another relevant subject, I’ll just remove it. This includes personal conversations. If you want a back-and-forth with someone else about how they’re horrible, go somewhere else.
- Don’t name call. It’ll get you warned the first time and then it’ll get your comments deleted until you calm down.
- Don’t be abusive. Yes, I get it, group A is evil, group B is the devil, whatever. If you’re too nasty and acrimonious I’ll have to moderate you.
- Don’t make other accounts. Believe me, I’ll know. I’m likely to ban you for this.
- Don’t scream and yell. This means no typing in caps all over the place. It’s just good manners people.
- Don’t talk about treatment specifics or make specific treatment suggestions. This is too dangerous and will likely get moderated out.
- If you’re a marketer, go away. Enough said.
- Please don’t mention other people by full name. It’s not a problem for me but it could be a problem for you if the other person is litigious.
- Don’t detail suicide plans. If someone wants to kill him/herself, certainly, he or she will find a way, but I will not be pointing to it.
People are free to disagree with me and others. People are free to disagree vehemently. But if you can’t do this like a rational adult, you can’t do it here.
Also note: if you leave a fake email and no/fake web address, you are much more likely to be moderated.
Everyone Deserves a Voice in the Discussion of Mental Illness
One of the reasons I have to write this is because I’ve been letting far too much nastiness slide. I’ve been doing this because I honestly believe in free speech and I honestly believe everyone deserves an opinion and a voice.
But recently I’ve learned something: I don’t have to allow people to come here, abuse me and others, just to prove how even-handed and fair I am.
I Don’t Have to Put Up with Hate
I don’t have to put up with hate. I won’t. This isn’t a democracy. If you don’t like it here, feel free to start your own blog.
About Natasha Tracy
Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker and consultant from the Pacific Northwest. She has been living with bipolar disorder for 18 years and has written more than 1000 articles on the subject.