Thursday Thought — Blog Housekeeping
We are going to deviate from the usual Thursday Thought and talk blog. As many of you know A Cry For Justice blog is in its fourth year and for most of that time we have had the policy that each comment is moderated before it is approved. Wordpress keeps a count of how many approved comments we have and that total recently passed 38,000.
We started moderating comments so that we could create and maintain a safe place for domestic abuse victims to recover, heal, and grow. And while moderating comments is very important to us, it does take a lot of time and energy by each of our moderators.
We would like to share with you some suggestions — things to keep in mind when leaving a comment on the blog. It will help us when moderating comments and it will help keep you safe!
- Use plenty of paragraph breaks.
- When making a paragraph break, please make it a two-line break (i.e. hit the enter key on your keyboard twice).
- When using a dash, please put a space on either side of the dash. This makes it much easier to read your comment. Here is an example of a spaced dash in which the hyphen key was used for the dash:
Great point – I fully agree.
Here is the same text with an un-spaced dash: Great point-I fully agree.
- Check the screen name you’ve given before you submit the comment. Sometimes a device or a wordpress account defaults to a screen name that you may not want visible on our blog. If that happens to you, you’ll need to manually change the screen name your device has prompted you to use.
- Check whether your device has automatically imputed something into the URL field of the comment submission page. For many of our readers, it is not safe for them to let their URL (e.g. their blog address) be accessed via our blog. If you do not want your URL accessible through our blog, make sure the URL field is empty.
These last three suggestions are completely optional. We don’t mean to be school-marmish or make you feel that your writing has to be perfecto or we won’t publish it. We (actually Barb, I’ll admit it, these are my additions!) only offer these things in case you want to learn these writing skills:
- If you want to be really snazzy with your dashes, use an M-dash not a hyphen.
Here is an example of a spaced M-dash: Great point — I fully agree.
Here is one site that gives instructions for creating an M-dash, but you might find a better site.
If you’ve never commented on this blog before it is important to read our New Users’ Info page because it gives tips for how to guard your safety while commenting on the blog. And if you’re new to this blog we encourage you look at our FAQs. The New Users Info page and the FAQs can also be found on the top menu bar.