Commenting policies

We decided to write this page to clarify our policy on comments and commenters here at Raised on Hoecakes.

In the 1780’s there was a great fight over the direction, focus and meaning of the proposed US Constitution. Anonymously written letters to the editors of newspapers were published discussing and debating the Constitution. We know those letters today as the “Federalist Papers.”

In writing the letters, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay chose to do so anonymously using “nom de plumes” of a different names.

If it was good enough for the framers of the Constitution to be anonymous, who are we to say otherwise here are Raised on Hoecakes?

In other words, you do not have to post or comment using your real name. We don’t care if you do use your real name, but we do not require it.

If you are going to use a moniker or “nom de plume,” please keep the name “clean.” Please don’t put us in the position of having to delete your thoughts and writings because you chose a name that many people would find offensive. That means no curse words, insults, crude references to body parts, etc. in a user name or in a comment.

Please keep your comments civil. Feel free to disagree with passion and intensity, but please do so in a civil manner. Remember that if you are trying to convince someone of the correctness of your opinion and held position, the way to turn people away is to insult them.

Please use a real email address so we can contact you if there is a problem with your post. Such problems may include why something didn’t post and got dumped into our spam filters or perhaps a word that is not appropriate here and violates our policy was used. We always let people know what happened in situations, what we did to correct it, and how to avoid it in the future. We cannot contact you if you use a fake email. (Don’t worry about the emails getting out or sold. We don’t do that. This is strictly for letting you know what went wrong in a post you made.)

Lastly, if you post something that we feel compelled to remove, please don’t whine about the First Amendment and “censorship.” We are not the government so the First Amendment does not apply. As for censorship, look at it this way: if we were sitting in your living room and started saying things that were offensive to you, you have the absolute right to ask and in fact tell us to leave your home. No one doubts that.

This little corner of the internet is our home. We can ask or tell you to leave. If you are asked to leave or comment in a certain manner, do not try and make multiple accounts or something silly like that.

In the entire time Raised on Hoecakes has been running, we have banned two people from here. The first was a person who would not stay on topic and despite asking, pleading and letting them know of the consequences, they continued along the path that led to their ban. The second was basically a spammer. We don’t miss either of them.

In short, we encourage you to make your thoughts and ideas known here. If you want to post those thoughts anonymously, that is fine with us. All we ask is that you be civil with others.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.