Rules – Commenting on the Bipolar Burble Blog, RSS

Hi all. Natasha Tracy here with a couple of meta Bipolar Burble blog updates on commenting, rss, mobile browsing and sharing by email.

Commenting Rules on the Bipolar Burble Blog

I have recently created a page outlining the rules for commenting on the Bipolar Burble blog. I never wanted to do this. I wanted a shiny, happy blog where people could discuss openly and honestly their feelings. But yes, I’m aware this is the internet and such desires generally go unfulfilled.

A Safe Space for Anyone with, or Anyone who Loves a Person with, a Mental Illness

The Bipolar Burble blog has always had sensitive material on it and I’ve always wanted it to be a safe space for people. This is a place to come to learn and talk to others who are like you. This is a place for rational discussion. This is not a place of acrimony. This is not a place of hate.

Rules for Commenting on the Bipolar Burble BlogI’m Sorry for the Hate and Stigma Seen Here

And in part this is a mea culpa. I’ve been letting too much hatred onto the Burble. I’ve done it because I believe in free speech and free discussion. I’ve done it because I can take some abuse and still be OK. I’ve done it because I understand how high people’s feelings run on these topics and that passion can overrun the better judgement of normally reasonable human beings. I’ve been trying to make allowances.

And I don’t like moderating people. I don’t like asking people to leave. I don’t like having to be the mommy or referee.

But I’ll do it to protect what I have built here. And while I know 99% of people are wonderful, reasonable, respectful, caring human beings, I have to make explicit the rules for the other 1%.

What I’ve Learned about Free-Speech and Hate

And I’ve learned something: I don’t have to allow people to come here, abuse me and others, just to prove how evenhanded and fair I am. I am fair. I am evenhanded. I don’t have to prove that to anyone.

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.

Rules for Commenting on the Bipolar Burble Blog

A page listing the rules for commenting can be found under the “bipolar blog” link above. For your reference:

  1. 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.
  2. Don’t name call. It’ll get you warned the first time and then it’ll get your comments deleted until you calm down.
  3. 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.
  4. Don’t make other accounts. Believe me, I’ll know. I’m likely to ban you for this.
  5. Don’t scream and yell. This means no typing in caps all over the place. It’s just good manners people.

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.

RSS and the Bipolar Burble Blog

Some folks like to read blogs via RSS feed rather than visit sites directly. For them, I have provided an RSS feed for the Bipolar Burble. However, this RSS feed doesn’t give anyone the right to reproduce my work without permission.

What You Can Do with Bipolar Burble Blog Content

You can quote parts of an article, give credit and link to the original source. No problem there.

What You Can’t Do with Bipolar Burble Blog Content

You cannot republish whole articles without explicit permission. If you ever want to reproduce an article for some reason, contact Natasha Tracy and we can chat about it. I’ll probably say yes.

The Bipolar Burble Blog and Copyright

You may not realize this, but any time a word is written, it is immediately under copyright. There is no need to state this as it is true of all writing. Therefore, by reproducing an article you are breaking copyright law.

(I know the vast majority of you would never do this, but I have to clear it up for the tiny percentage who don’t know or don’t care.)

Bipolar Burble Blog Sharing and Copying

The Bipolar Burble Blog Additions

Mobile Browsing

At the request of one of my readers I have installed a plug-in to allow you to access the Bipolar Burble easily from a small screen, say, on an iPhone. It gets rid of most of the pictures and makes it reader-friendly. Contact me if you have any issues.

The Bipolar Burble Blog and Email

In addition to all the other sharing options at the bottom of posts, you can know also share by email. You can thank a reader for this addition as well.


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.

Natasha’s New Book

Find more of Natasha’s work in her new book: Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar. Media inquiries can be emailed here.

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