Comment Policy for Snack Rules
We welcome reader comments, however the use of profanity, blatant self promotion, advertising, and spam will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to full editorial control by deleting or editing comments as becomes necessary.
Promotional and Spam Comments: Spam will not be tolerated and will be deleted. This includes comments that have the appearance of spam or the appearance of promoting a website.
Signs of spam that may lead to deletion of your comment:
- *Using a product name as your user name, especially if your url is to a commercial site.
- *Using your site name as your user name. This is especially true if your site is commercial and not a fellow food or recipe blog with genuine original content.
- *Your url leads to a link farm, splog, ad page, income parked site, or similar type of website.
- *You link to a commercial site, affiliate site, or store that you have a business relationship with or the content of the post makes it suspect that you have a business relationship with that enterprise.
We realize that many blog owners use their hobby or site name as a user name. But sites that are unrelated to food and recipes that do so and include a related url will be suspect. Have a legitimate comment and don’t want to get deleted? Use your name or a screen name other than your website, or leave out your url, and make a clearly valuable comment. Limit the promotion to including your link in the area of the form for that.
Links in Comments: You are more than welcome to include your site url in the line of the comment field for it so that readers can find your own blog or website. But links to your site in the body of your comment will be deleted unless it is highly relevant to the post.
Links to stores and other commercial sites will be deleted. If it appears that the comment was made for the sole purpose of gaining business, the entire comment will be deleted.
Comments from PR Agents and Company Representatives: We welcome your comments, both positive and negative, IF your identity is disclosed. Companies and their PR agents are exempt from the rule against use of a business name as the user name in posts directly related to their interests. If you wish to supplement or discuss an article about your product, please either use your company name as your user name, and/or state in the body that you are a company representative.
“Sock puppet” comments from company representative “pumping up” a product without disclosure are subject to deletion. Repeated abuse may result in permanent removal of the entire post, disclosure to readers of the bad behavior, and refusal to cover further products.
Common Courtesy: The use of profanity will result in your comment being deleted in its entirety. Likewise, mean-spirited attacks against other users, companies, products, or myself will be deleted. You are more than welcome to post your bad experiences with an item or disagreement with my view or the views of other commentators, but if you do so in an abusive manner, your comments will not be welcome. Use common sense.