Comments are welcome. Positive comments are very welcome. Negative comments, when they are helpful and courteous, or funny without hurting anyone’s feelings, are even more welcome. You may be as snarky as you wish about STUFF, ACTIONS, or PUBLIC COMMENTS, but PEOPLE are off limits. Want to complain about a perfume house, or the work of a perfumer? Okay by me. Want to call people names? Not okay.
It is okay to trash somebody’s favorite perfume… yes, even mine… so long as you don’t trash anyone for wearing it, i.e., saying, “That is perfectly awful,” rather than “Anybody who loves That Perfume should be shot at dawn for subjecting the rest of us to it.” Even if you feel that way, please don’t make judgments on people. Comments which are insulting, disrespectful of others’ feelings, or hinder the discussion process will be edited, at the very least, or possibly deleted.
Your first comment on the blog will be held (by WordPress) for approval (by me). The comment should appear within 24 hours, or maybe 48 if I’ve been busy enough to miss my “Comments Pending” notice. After your first comment is approved, any subsequent comments should appear immediately.
There is no technical limit on how long your comment may be. WordPress will not cut you off or eat it, even if you write a 4,000-word essay. But please don’t do that to me. It is well outside the behavioral norms for commenting on most blogs, and it will probably give me nightmares about you. Maybe I’m easily spooked, but this kind of thing never ends well.
Comments which contain foul or offensive language will be edited or deleted, depending on how egregious the language is. As a guideline, any word you’re likely to hear on network TV before 9 pm is fine for you to use here. Euphemisms for topics or words that are NSFW (not suitable for work – or for young children, for that matter) are acceptable. If in doubt, go ahead and use whatever word you want, and I’ll edit to a euphemism if I feel it necessary. Comments that seem egregiously pornographic will probably get “disappeared” into the ether.
Comments that are edited will have a reply comment from me stating so.
Spam is never welcome.
Commercial announcements, such as, “There’s a 10% off sale at this store or seller’s website,” are probably okay if the commenter isn’t going to benefit from any sale. Mentioning that you have a particular item for private sale and any interested party should contact the commenter at his or her private email address is probably okay, although I’ll approve these on a case-by-case basis. If a regular commenter wants to mention that he or she has an ebay store, I’m probably okay with that too, again on a case-by-case basis.
Commercial announcements that directly benefit the commenter will be deleted. Hopping on to comment when the goal is simply to sell your own stuff on eBay or Etsy or Zazzle or whatever, when you’re not really interested in commenting on the blog content, is uncool and I will delete your comment. Look, I love eBay as much as the next gal… but I’m not blogging in order to facilitate sales for you. Find another way to advertise, please.
If you feel your comment has been erroneously deleted or edited improperly, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll talk about it, and if I agree with you, I’ll repost it. Thanks for your patience – mistakes do happen.
If you’d like to quote from any item published on the blog, please either make it a brief quote (two sentences or so), paraphrase what I said, or request permission to quote me. Unless you’re clearly content-lifting, I’ll probably grant permission with my blessing. If you quote at all, please attribute the quote to this blog and include a link. All material published here is mine, and copyrighted as of the publish date.
FYI, the Walter Savage Landor quote about muses in wooden shoes on my home page is in the public domain, according to what I can ascertain of UK copyright law for written works published prior to 1911, said copyright extending to 42 years after first date of publication or the author’s life plus 7 years, whichever was longer. Landor died in 1864.
I don’t do paid reviews. I occasionally receive free samples (and in a couple of cases, have received bottles and copies of books) of fragrances from the manufacturer or distributor. I usually do review these items out of courtesy, but if I was provided a free PR sample, I will state that this was the case. Anything larger than a sample is donated to charity (or to my local library, in the case of books). I never promise a favorable review; my opinion is not for sale.
Thank you all very much.
Most recent edit: March 16, 2015