The Random Yak

About The Rules

Filed under: Just Yaks,The Rules of The Blog — Random Yak @ 12:48 pm on July 18, 2006

We’ve recently made a few changes here at The Random Yak, so this seemed like a good opportunity to discuss A Few of The Rules. Pay attention.

Comments and trackbacks are now fully enabled atThe Yak. (hooray!) You may now even register yourselves – (but if you don’t register with a legitimate email address or if you register with intent to make trouble you’re going to be deleted the moment I catch you, so don’t try.)

With great power comes great responsibility. That’s why we have THE RULES. Those who comment and/or trackback but do not follow THE RULES will find their access terminated. Repeatedly and without comment or explanation. This space is intended for fun, and occasionally for serious thought and comment. We welcome your participation and I like getting comments.

Remember: it’s only funny until someone loses their blog access (and then it’s only funny to the rest of us).


1. This is my side of the mountain and I make THE RULES. (Translation: The Random Maniyak and I actually make them together, but he’s not here right now so I can act big if I want to).

2. THE RULES are subject to immediate change without notice, depending upon how I feel and whether I’m having a bad day. That’s the breaks. If you want to whine about recourse and fairness, refer to THE RULES, Rule #1. (Translation: this is my sandbox. You don’t like it, too bad..)

3. Bad language and “adult content” are NOT okay, in the comments as in the posts. You’re creative people, find another way to saywhat’s on your mind.  I am the ultimate arbiter of language.  If I don’t like That Word, you can’t use it.  Even if I let someone else use it in another context or missed the fact that your dog’s aunt’s cousin’s owner’s cat said The Word without recourse five weeks ago. (Translation: neener, neener, neener.)  Plenty of places on the Internet where you’re more than free to drop the “f” bomb.  Don’t rain that fallout on this side of the mountain. (Note: I’m not necessarily monitoring trackbacks to see what kind of language the linked posts use, though my software is set up to autodelete anyone with certain words in the title or excerpt).

4. See THE RULES, Rule 3?  The same goes for libel. That’s written defamation, in case you didn’t know.  If I think you’re breaking that or any other law, out your comment goes and your registration is right behind it.  And it doesn’t matter whether or not I was right, because this is my blog. Go call me names on your own blog. Just be sure to link me. (Translation: This isn’t your personal trolling ground. Go be rude in your own space.)

5. TROLLS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. You don’t have to agree with me, but you have to be civil and you have to have a point that goes beyond “everyone knows you/he/she/it are/is/will always be an idiot. (Translation: Go back under the bridge from whence you came, before my big billy goat horns butt you off my mountain. Don’t test me.)

6.  I reserve the right to delete, erase, eliminate, satirize,fisk or otherwise make open fun and use of any comment, trackback or registered user for any reason, for no reason, or just because I’m having that kind of day and I didn’t like the font you used (even though my blog picked it for you).  Your post is, in fact, my personal pinata of fisk, and I’ll do with it as I please. (Translation: if your comment gets deleted, or worse, it means the blog somehow inexplicably malfunctioned and you disappeared. No idea how that could have happened. What a shame. If it happens more than once, or if I make fun of you for doing it: Wow, No idea how that could have happened, either. What a shame. Go away now.)

7. My comment section is not your personal billboard or advertising space. Don’t post a comment saying “hey! Look at my blog!”(or anything else you want to sell, market or advertise). If you do, I reserve the right to delete you, ridicule you, or delete you AND ridicule you (and those who read me know what I’m likely to do with that one). Here’s a hint: your comment already links to your blog automatically. Say something halfway intelligent in the comment and most of us will come visit anyway.

8.  You are responsible for what you say. I take no responsibility for your wacky comments and trackbacks, as I have enough difficulty silencing the voices in my own head. (Translation: there’s always room in here for more, but don’t make me keep track of how many of you there are.)

9. I am not responsible for the content of blogs outside this site. If you click a link or head to a commenter’s website, click at your own risk. Blogs in my blogroll should be “safe for work or kids” (good old SFWOK), but I have no idea who might decide to stop by and have a say and I’m not going to delete a comment just because I might not otherwise link the commenter’s blog. So, far as that goes, if you want to make sure the links are ok, follow the ones in the body of the posts.

10. Comments are now defaulted to “on.” That means open season – but we reserve the right to shut down comments on any post at any time for any reason or no reason or just because we’re having abad hair day. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves. (Translation: RULE1 is a glorious thing,)

Considered thought is welcome, humor is appreciated, snarkiness is expected from time to time (but keep that thing on a leash and remember to clean up after it).

If I think of anything else, you know I’ll say it. And yes, this gets its own category just to make sure it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

That said, let’s all get out there and have a good time. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.


  1. This is a test. This is only a test of the comment system. If you are receiving this comment than this test was a success. Beeeeeeep…

    Ha! I’m bloggin’ about the Blogs of Summer! Nice to see you have entered the wonderful world of comments.

    Scritch Yak the Younger behind the ears for me.

    Comment by sagerats — July 18, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

  2. Great rules! But like all rules, they were meant to be tested. I dare to you delete this next

    Comment by Lyn — July 18, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

  3. LOL Lyn.

    Comment by Random Yak — July 18, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

  4. /tap tap tap. Is this thing on? Testing 1 2 3. Luke I am your fahthor.

    Comment by The Real Ugly American — July 18, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

  5. hmmmmm

    Comment by The Real Ugly American — July 18, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

  6. It’s workin’ – I just have to approve the first ping or comment (but not both) from any given site or commenter. Uberspam control. Feel the power!

    Comment by Random Yak — July 18, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

  7. Bah, rules. I fear not your silly rules.

    I just hope you didn’t let some knowitall try and tell you what to do about them commenters. There’s just some people who think they know everything about everything, always gotta be telling you what plugins to install. That kinda person gets on my nerves.


    Comment by MacStansbury — July 18, 2006 @ 7:19 pm

  8. Oh, yes, we know exactly what to do with THAT kind of person around here.

    Comment by Random Yak — July 18, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

  9. Great Rules! So clear! So understandable! So many!

    Comment by Middle Earth Mom — July 18, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

  10. Indeed. I was asked what would happen if I’d had more (or less) than ten. My response, of course, was that my head would have immediately exploded. Fortunately for the free world, I had precisely ten.

    Comment by Random Yak — July 18, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

  11. Incidentally, I blog at server of one of big Slovak newspapers and we have a lot of rules there. Different sets of rules for bloggers and people participating in discussions, called Codex. Very often there is someone complaining that Internet should be free and he feels soooo limited by stupid rules… while they are just basic etiquette, netiquette and wishes of the server owner, and anyone entering the ground has to confirm obedience to the rules.
    So I think you will have many chances to ridicule someone.

    Comment by Juraj — July 19, 2006 @ 1:16 am

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