Four comments about comments

I want just to mention a couple of things about comments on TameBay. This isn’t a “comments policy” as such: I don’t want to do anything so formal. But when the gentleman from eBay Motors Suck accuses us of “sensorship” because his post got held for moderation, it’s time to be a little more explicit than we have been.

1. We believe that comments are basically good… Most people who blog like comments, just like eBayers like feedback. Chris and I are no different. Whether you want to put “good post” or “you’re talking rubbish”, or post a long critique or response, that’s all good.

2. Linking to commercial websites is okay. Most people who read TameBay are involved in online commerce in one way or another. Linking your website or your eBay shop in the “website” section of the comments is not only permitted, it’s actively encouraged. But…

3. Commenting JUST to post a link is spam and it will be deleted. Links to sites which promote illegal and eBay-illegal activities, such as the purchasing of feedback, or comments which do this directly, will also be removed.

Furthermore, pretending to be one of your own customers telling us how wonderful your product is, is spam. If you think your product should be featured on TameBay, then do it the honest way: contact us and we can talk.

4. Comments which contain two or more links (this was you, Mr E.M.S.) will be held for moderation (i.e. we will check to see if it’s spam), simply because posting long lists of links is what comment spammers often do. Relevent content will, of course, be approved.

Hope that makes things clear. If you have any comments, you know what to do 😀

Edited 27th March 2007 to add: Comments containing hate speech will be removed.
Edited 4th September 2007 to add : Comments making personally antagonistic remarks about named eBay staff, who are unable to respond here, may be removed.