Thursday, January 29, 2009

Guidelines for Comments

Hello to all of our faithful readers. Since I began this journal, in 2004, I have not thought it necessary to impose any rules for posting comments. However, a number of readers have found some recent comments unhelpful and antagonistic. I prefer to think of them as unnecessarily challenging.

As most of you know, I am happy to answer thoughtful, well articulated questions. So these are my new guidelines:
  • Comments & questions should address published posts or other topics of interest regarding Ocracoke Island or the Outer Banks.
  • Comments should be limited to one or two issues and be phrased in polite, civil language.
  • Comments should be written in complete, easy to understand English sentences.
  • I reserve the right to delete any comments that I find unhelpful, unnecessarily challenging, or objectionable in any way. This is a personal journal. There are ample opportunities, for people who are interested, to publish blogs with their own thoughts and comments.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter provides more information about the majestic live oaks on Ocracoke Island. You can read it here.

To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.


  1. Anonymous4:45 PM

    Although I often look forward to the offbeat comments that he or she seems to share with your readers, the blog is not the place. Your readers should stick to the topic which is the warm community of Ocracoke that you call home.

  2. Anonymous6:29 PM

    Well said, Philip! Thank you for your blog into the Ocracoke world. We look forward to reading it daily and counting the days until we visit again. An alternate view is one thing but constantly "challenging" questions/comments is something else entirely. I, for one, hope that a few bad apples won't rot the bushel!
    Ps: the pineapple chess pie was superb...thanks again to you and jude.

  3. Anonymous6:34 PM

    I look forward to reading your blog! It keeps me close to the most wonderful place on earth. Keep up the good work, and thank you. Pam

  4. Oh Phillip, how awful that you would have to endure such nonsense on your own personal blog! Tom and I so appreciate how you open up your heart and your island to the rest of the world 24/7, just to share a morsel of Ocracoke paradise here and there to us annual visitors!

    It's your chimney and if you want to tear it down, then so be it! End of story, right? Don't let the turkeys get you down!

    Take care,
    Linda & Tom Borneman

  5. Anonymous8:25 PM

    Happy Chinese new year oops wrong blog

  6. Anonymous7:51 AM

    Philip, How sad that there is now a need for you to "edit" your own blog. Most of us who daily read the blog do it to remember our time on the island and to look forward to our next visit. I am counting the days until May. By the way, I am happy that you are enjoying the warm weather, but having 18 inches of snow and temps. in the below zero range just makes me look forward to Ocracoke even more!

  7. Anonymous2:35 PM

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  8. Anonymous4:26 PM

    There again Soooo very unnecessarily challenging! What is going on in this persons mind. Does not make sense. IRS deductions?