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Brief Post on Commenting

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In the 3+ years of this blog's existence, I've been humbled by the amazing community that has thrived on Poetic Asides. I couldn't be more pleased with the way everyone shares their poetry and shares their thoughts on others' poems. It's really great!

That said, there have been a few times in which I've had to step in and remind poets I do have a certain, and I think reasonable, expectations when it comes to commenting. To make those easy to grasp, I'm going to provide a short list:

  • Do not criticize other poets' beliefs. I know this can be a gray area at times, but I don't want to see arguments over politics, religion, belief systems, etc. This is a poetry blog, so let's stay focused on the poetry.
  • Please refrain from writing epic comments. I have recently started deleting comments that are significantly longer than a sestina. It makes it hard to read everyone's work when there are such epic poems (or groups of epic poems) as one comment.
  • Have fun. Poetry is enjoyable--both to read and write--so please have fun.

Be nice, concise, and have fun. It's that simple.


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