Commenting guidelines for Nela Dunato Art & Design blog

Thank you very much for reading these guidelines!

NelaDunato.com is the private property of Nela Dunato (myself), and I reserve the right to maintain this space in any way I wish. This means that “freedom of speech” or other typical excuses for abuse and nonsense do not apply to this space. I reserve the right to delete any comments and block any users who post comments that do not align with these guidelines. (These guidelines also apply to the social media accounts I run.)

The comments you post on the blog are visible to the public. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may use a pseudonym instead of your own name. Your email address is only visible to me—I do ask that you use a valid email address in order to participate in commenting. If you send me a private email, I may quote you on my blog or social media anonymously ie. without any identifying information, unless you explicitly permit that I mention your name.

The Privacy policy applies to all the information you choose to share through the forms on my website.

To keep everyone's experience of this space pleasant, please adhere to the following:

  1. Refrain from posting any kind of abusive or offensive messages directed at myself, or any other person or group.
  2. Do not post just to get backlinks to your own website. I delete spammy comments, and I've been on the internet for long enough to smell spam from a mile away.
  3. Misogyny, racism, sexism, and white fragility are not welcome in any way, shape, or form.
  4. Do not post information about other people that is not factually correct, or expose other people's personal information (including names, which are defined as personal information per GDPR).
  5. Do not present your own personal opinion as “scientific facts” if you cannot cite a credible source for these facts. (Someone's blog or YouTube video is not a credible source.)
  6. Refrain from offering advice to me or other commenters, unless someone has explicitly asked for advice. Before you jump in to write what someone should do, stop, re-read the text, and make sure that advice has been requested.
  7. If you want to express disagreement with something I wrote, avoid condescending language. I'm not obligated to provide a platform for critique. Feel free to publish your critique of my writing on your own blog or social media instead.
  8. Feel free to ask for clarification, and I'll do my best to answer if I think it will benefit other readers as well. I'm not, however, required to explain or defend my personal beliefs, so I may choose not to engage in a discussion. My writing is provided “as is”, and I don't owe any explanation beyond what is already written in the original text.
  9. This is a multi-cultural space, and people of different spiritual beliefs (or non-beliefs) are welcome here. I would be happiest if you kept religion out of your comments, but if you need to mention it, do it in a way that doesn't minimize the validity of other people's beliefs and experiences.

I may add new guidelines as I feel is necessary.

Comments on posts may be deleted or closed at any time, so if you want to retain your own writing, please save it to your computer. I frequently delete my own articles and artwork.

Thanks again for reading, and I hope to see you in the blog comments!