Blog policies

About comments:

I value your comments, and often commenters provide the best writing. Having said that, I also work to protect this blog from evil comment spammers and trolls, so the following policies apply:

  • Comments must be non-commercial and on topic.
  • Comments which link to other Web sites may be held for moderation on a random basis.
  • Comments by people who have not yet posted an approved comment will be held for moderation.
  • If you use certain words commonly associated with spam, or if your IP address resembles that of a comment spammer, your comment will be nuked permanently.
  • The only language I know is English (so much the worse for me), and comments that I cannot understand will be deleted.

Sometimes comments get lost in one of the periodic attacks by comment spammers, so if your comment doesn’t appear in a week please contact me via email.

While I encourage free debate, I don’t tolerate lack of courtesy. Snark yes, rudeness no. And since it’s my blog, I get to determine which is which. Since I have very little free time in which to administer this blog, discourteous or off-topic commenters who continue in the face of warning will be treated as spammers.

Finally, as someone who has had to clean up after clergy misconduct, I reserve the right to refuse comments posted by ministers who have admitted to clergy misconduct, including sexual misconduct, abuse of authority, financial misconduct, etc.; or ministers who have been disciplined for such by the UUA, the MFC, and/or the UUMA; or ministers who have resigned from fellowship with the UUA rather than face charges for such; or ministers who have been convicted in a court of law of sexual abuse of minors, rape, sexual harassment, embezzlement or other financial illegalities, or other illegal acts while serving as a minister. As a Universalist, I recognize that clergy who have engaged in misconduct are persons worthy of God’s love; but I don’t necessarily want their comments on my Web site.

Email welcome.

I love to get your email. Be assured I won’t post any email from you without your explicit written permission; and if I have any doubts, I won’t post your email. If you have trouble posting a comment, and decide to send it to me via email, be sure to let me know that I have your permission to post that email message as a comment.

You can reach me at danrharper at aol dot com. If you prefer snail mail, please write to me at the following address:

Dan Harper
c/o Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E. Charleston Rd.
Palo Alto, California 94306

This is a personal blog.

Since I am editor and principal writer, this blog represents my own viewpoint. It does not represent the viewpoint of the congregation I serve, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, nor of any previous congregation I have served while writing this blog (i.e., Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, Illinois, and First Unitarian Church of New Bedford, Massachusetts). Nor does it represent the viewpoint of the denomination with which I am affiliated, the Unitarian Universalist Association, not that such a thought would ever cross your mind.

No advertisements, no reviews, no tip jar.

I receive no money for writing this blog. My income is adequate, so I don’t have a “tip jar.” Give ten bucks to the next homeless person you meet instead.

I don’t do ads or product placements. If I review something on this blog, it’s because I happen to be interested in it, not because someone paid me or asked me to review it. If you decide to send me something to review, please remember that it’s at your risk, and you shouldn’t be surprised if I don’t write a post about your book, product, Web site, etc. But sometimes I do write about what people send me, so maybe it’s worth the risk.

Copyright notice

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Copyright (c) 1999-2015 Daniel Harper.

This notice constitutes written permission that Unitarian Universalist congregations, as well as their ministers and lay leaders, may use this copyright-protected material, provided that this copyright notice accompanies all republication, including printed, electronic, audio, video, and all other forms of republication, of this material.

Updated November 12, 2015.