ITBOTN has historically had a bit of a problem with spam comments. At one stage we were getting hundreds per day and it got far too time consuming for me to manage.
So a year or two ago I took some steps to bring the problem under control. Comments were turned off on posts older than a few weeks old and anyone commenting had to enter a valid e-mail address.
After a while, this worked a treat and spam comments tailed right off to the point where we now get almost none. But the downside is I’ve had a lot of feedback that the whole entering an e-mail address thing puts a lot of people off commenting. And I want people to post comments.
So I have now relaxed the settings back to how they were before.
However… One of the benefits of making people give a valid e-mail address was that it meant there was no such thing as an anonymous comment and it contributed greatly to keeping things civilised.
Without wanting to sound too much like a schoolmarm, while I really want this to be a place where people come to talk about football, I am also determined that any debates we have will be conducted in a respectful way. This is not Stuff, Whale Oil or the Northern League Forum!
Just to reiterate the house rules:
No personal attacks.
No mindless abuse.
Nothing that even comes close to being libellous.
Nothing racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise bigoted.
I reserve the right to unilaterally edit or delete any comments that I feel have crossed the line.
This is a bit of a trial for now and I may bring the restrictions back if the spam returns, but until then knock yourselves out!
A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.