Comment Policy

I love conversation, and I welcome your participation in the public conversation here at principle-centered living through the commenting system that you will find at the end of most (if not all) posts.

However, in order to keep the conversation civilized, there are a few guidelines that all participants will be expected to follow.

By posting on my blog, you agree to the following:

  1. You may disagree with me. I welcome dissenting viewpoints into the discussion on my blog, and in fact even encourage such, because the result can be enlightening and even enjoyable. However, I ask that if you disagree with me – or anyone else, for that matter – you do so in a way that is respectful.
  2. I reserve the right to delete your comments. This is my blog, and therefore I have the right to allow or disallow the posting of any and all content. Specifically, I reserve the right to delete your comments if you post something that is, in my sole opinion, (a) snarky (see definition below); (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.
  3. You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
  4. You grant me a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.

In short, my goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this simple comments policy will facilitate this.

Updated June 19, 2013.

(Comment Policy adapted from Michael Hyatt, and used in accordance with a Creative Commons License.)

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Definition of “snarky”:

  • Crotchety, snappish; sarcastic, impertinent, or irreverent in tone or manner. [1]
  • Testy or irritable; short. [2]
  • Rudely sarcastic or disrespectful; snide; irritable or short-tempered; irascible. [3]
  • Criticizing someone in an annoyed way and trying to hurt their feelings. [4]
  • Sharply critical; cutting; snide. [5]

  1. Merriam-Webster, Inc. Snarky – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 2013. (accessed June 18, 2013).
  2. Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: June 18, 2013).
  3. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. S.v. “snarky.” Retrieved June 19 2013 from
  4. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge Dictionaries Online. 2013. (accessed June 18, 2013).
  5. Oxford University Press. Oxford Dictionaries. 2013. (accessed June 19, 2013).