Comments Policy

Thank you for taking an interest in the Mindustries blog or one of my many social channels.

I am so glad that you are here and cannot wait to see how you will contribute to the conversation happening around the content I have created for you and the entire community.

I create and publish content intended to empower and inform a wide range of managers. Whether you are a professional who is just starting working on his/her leadership skills or a seasoned manager, I work hard to bring you the most relevant content I am capable of producing. Also, because I value your input, feedback, and perspective, I have decided to maintain an active comment section after each post is published.

Policy

The comment section on my blog or various social media channels is a place for thoughtful discussion. Before you make your contribution to that discussion, please be sure you have carefully read and understood our comment policy.

The Golden Standard – My top criteria for an approved comment is one that adds value. There are several ways to add value to a conversation: asking a relevant question, answering a question, providing expanded insight, or respectfully explaining a thoughtful counter-point — to name just a few.

Civility is not optional – The Mindustries blog and social channels are meant to be places of empowerment, thoughtful discussion, encouragement, and learning.

You are welcome to disagree with me or other commenters, but the tone of those discussions will remain civil, or those comments will be deleted.

I will not tolerate personal attacks, hate speech, rude language or anything I consider detrimental to the community.

All rights reserved – I reserve the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any comment I choose. I also reserve the right to block any IP address that violates this comment policy from commenting, subscribing, or accessing the Mindustries blog or social content.

Liability – When posting a comment on our blog or social channels you take full responsibility for it. You agree to hold Mindustries, all post authors, and other commenters harmless.

Valid Questions – If you have a general question directly relevant to the article or piece of content I have posted, then by all means ask.

Name Use – All comments must be posted under your real name or nickname. If you use a company name, obvious alias, or keyword stuffed phrase your comment will be deleted and marked as spam.

Valid Email Required – The email address you use to submit your comment must be valid. I respect your privacy and will not share this information with third parties or publish your email address to the blog. Any email address I deem to look like spam will result in your comment to be deleted and flagged as spam.

Proper Linking Practices – You are welcome to put a non-trackable, un-masked link to your website’s homepage in the “website” field of our comments section.

Any link in the “website” field that appears to be shortened for tracking, masked, pointing to a product/services page or otherwise suspicious will be deleted.

Links to products, resources, or other sites are not permitted in the comment body. Do not sign off with a link to your website.

In all of these instances, you run the risk of your whole comment being deleted and marked as spam. Repeat offenders will be blocked.

Sharing resources the right way – Occasionally, the best way to add value to a conversation is to share a tool or resource with the community that they may not know about.

To assure that the motivations for sharing these tools and resources are for the benefit of the community and not self-promotional, I strongly discourage linking to them.

Instead, name the tool or resource (as well as who created it) so that it is easy for others to search for. If you are the creator of a tool or resource you would like to recommend, make sure that connection is understood by providing full disclosure upfront.

What is and is not considered self-promotional or “spammy” is entirely up to my discretion.

Gravatar – If you would like your photo to appear next to your comment, you will need to create a Gravatar account and use that email address when leaving comments on our blog. This process is simple and takes 1-2 minutes, max.

Language – We create and publish content in English. I am thrilled if you are a non-English communicator who can understand and gain value from our content. However, I am not equipped for comment moderation in multiple languages so please leave your comments in English. Any comment our moderators are unable to understand will be deleted. This includes comments written in English with especially poor spelling and grammar.

Spam – Don’t do it. If you do do it, your comments will be deleted, marked as spam, and you will be blocked.

FAQ

Why isn’t my comment showing up?

If you have followed the above policy and your comment still is not showing up, I ask that you just be patient. Most likely your comment has not shown up yet because a moderator has not had a chance to read it and mark it approved.

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