Comment Policy

Comment Policy
MAPPS encourages interaction with our readers and welcome your comments. To ensure that comments enhance and not detract from the blog, MAPPS has created a Comment Policy.

Comment Moderation
In order to maintain the integrity of the blog and its content, all comments, trackbacks, and pingbacks are moderated. MAPPS staff works to review and approve comments as quickly as possible, but please do not resubmit your comment if it does not appear right away.

Language, Length, and Format
This blog has a diverse audience with different sensibilities and opinions. That said please avoid harsh language and the use of profanity. Flaming or use of threatening language will not be tolerated. 

Ideally, your comment will be under 200 words with paragraphs as necessary; whitespace makes the content easier to read on a computer screen.

Identity/Signatures In Comments
MAPPS holds a high regard for professionalism to adhere to this theme, MAPPS does not allow anonymous comments allowing a professional forum for commenting and discussion. 

Adding a signature is completely optional. If you decide to include one, please keep it short (2 line maximum) and do not include a link to your website. 

You are welcome to add your website’s link in the designated URL box just below your name and e-mail address and your name will automatically be hyperlinked.
  • Unacceptable:
Girl B. Average
Owner of My Company
Please visit some time
  • Acceptable:
Girl B. Average
Owner of My Company 

If you find it necessary to use anchor text in the name box, please make sure to sign your name at the end of your comment.

Linking To Your Site and Others

Please don’t view this as an opportunity to promote or advertise your website in the comments. Excessive and/or inappropriate links will be removed.

Some tips for proper linking:
  • Please use proper XHTML markup: <a href=”…” title=”…”>Link Anchor Text</a>
  • Please use descriptive anchor text
    • Bad: <a href=”…”>click here</a>
    • Good: <a href=”…” title=”Google Homepage”>google’s homepage</a>
  • Please keep the anchor text brief (6 words or less per link)
Double check your links, because any link which returns an error, leads to a site under construction, or cannot be loaded by the browser will be removed.

Subscribing To CommentsVia E-mail
In order to receive notification of comments left after yours, it is essential that you provide a valid and working e-mail address.

You will not be subscribed to a mailing list as a result of subscribing to the comments and you can have your e-mail address removed by contacting the site administrator.

E-mail Addresses
Please use a valid e-mail address when commenting on the blog. It will not be displayed unless you type it in the body of your comment (the admin will delete the email prior to posting) and you will not be subscribed to any mailing list by leaving a comment.

If you use an invalid e-mail address or one which requires any type of human interaction confirmation, your comment will be deleted — no exceptions.

Editing Comments
MAPPS reserves the right to edit or delete comments as necessary. Blatant spelling and grammatical errors will be edited and serious edits will be notated at the end of the comment.

If your comment conveys a coherent thought, it may just be edited; tirades will most likely be deleted. At no time will I attempt to alter the core meaning of a comment.

Comment Spam
Any/all  IP addresses used for spamming will be reported to the internet blacklists, the ISPs/hosts for the offending domain will be notified, and the owner of the IP block will be notified of the problem.
All submitted comments must complete automated word verification before submitting their comment. This will reduce spam and allow a more pleasurable reading enivornment.

Administrators Comments
You, and only you, are responsible for your words. However, by posting your comments to the blog you are granting MAPPS the right, in perpetuity, to use, alter, and/or display them in whatever means necessary.

All submitted comments come with knowledge and permission that MAPPS has the right to publish comments within this or other mediums. 

 (This comment policy may be updated without written response to any person(s) that have commented. Please check back to view any changes to the policy.)

Policy formatting credited to optiniche.