Comments Policy

We hope that PlainSimpleFaith.com will stimulate a dialogue centered around New Testament Christianity. For that reason, comments–both positive and negative–are encouraged. However, the following ground rules are nonetheless in order, lest some conversations turn into ‘shouting matches,’ disenchanting other readers and commenters.

(Note: comments are closed on any particular blog post after 60 days.)

By commenting on PlainSimpleFaith, you are agreeing to the website’s comment policy:

  1. Be a gentleman/gentlewoman. If you disagree with something that has been said, disagree without being disagreeable. Call us old fashioned, but we really do expect you to be polite.
  2. Don’t be snarky. Please avoid being rude or employing non-friendly sarcasm. If your tone is downright ugly, it won’t be approved (unless your comment makes you look silly or nullifies your point, then the moderator may use his/her discretion in approving it).
  3. Don’t be dirty. Vulgarity, even a hint, won’t stand a chance of being approved.
  4. Stay on topic. If it isn’t relevant, it won’t be approved.
  5. Keep it under 250 words. (Believe it or not, sometimes we get 2000+ word comments.) As a general rule, comments should be shorter than the article itself. If your comment is over 250 words, the moderator will use his/her discretion.
  6. You assume responsibility for your words. We are not liable for any negative consequences you bring upon yourself.
  7. By commenting, you grant us license to use, store, print, repost, distribute, or reproduce your words. We may use what you say in¾but not limited to¾a book, a magazine article, a blog post, or a sermon presentation. Don’t say anything you don’t want the world to see.
  8. You must use your real name.
  9. Don’t spam us. If you’re a bot, you’re going straight to our ‘spam’ folder.
  10. Don’t be a salesman. Comments are for conversation, not advertising your site or product.
  11. Don’t be a troll. If a pattern emerges and you become “that guy” who is unable to engaged in a civil, reasonable conversation, you’re toast.
  12. Don’t hijack the comments. In other words, if your 1-2 follow-up comments become a 3+ comment dialogue, a more appropriate venue will be an E-mail correspondence with the author of the article (or the moderator will just stop approving your comments).
  13. Understand we don’t have time to respond to every comment (or most comments for that matter).
  14. Due to the busy schedule of the writers, and because each comment must be moderated, there may be some delay before your comment is approved. Just hang tight.
  15. The moderator reserves the right to have the last word.
  16. This is website belongs to Ben Giselbach. Thus, the comments section of this website is under the control of a dictatorship. At the end of the day, the moderator reserves the right to moderate the conversation. If he/she don’t want to approve your comment, he/she doesn’t have to.