Dec 22

General Policies (Privacy Policy below)

This blog is for discussion of our 80 Acres project and issues related to wildlife management, prairie restoration, native plants, and similar topics.  For more information see About 80AcresOnline .

At present, readers can comment without registration. That may change at any time if comments become a problem.

The first comment from any source does not appear on the site until  it’s been approved. Most pending comments will be cleared within 48 hours, holidays excepted. (Moderator has a life, quite full.)

Comments that look like spam will be reported as spam. Future comments from that source will be assumed spam and sent to the spam bucket.   [addendum: If Akismet puts your comment in the spam bucket it will be deleted unread, automatically.  Life is too short to go hunting through the spam bucket.]

Comments that contain inappropriate titles, topics, or language will be deleted without notice. If a first comment is deleted, the next from that source will also go to moderation before appearing on the site.

Titles: Comments don’t need titles; if used, titles should not look like spam–sex, money, politics and nonspecific greetings (”Hi”) lend a spam-like look and may get your comment deleted or reported as spam. If you want to use a title, make it appropriate to the topic-range of this blog.

Topics: Since topic drift is a constant of the ‘net-verse, moderator may let a conversation drift in hopes that it will drift back, usually with a reminder that this blog has a narrower channel than others, but eventually (and sooner in some cases) off-topic posts will be deleted. It’s non-negotiable.

Language: Verbal abuse and profanity are inappropriate here. Disagreement is OK; abuse and harassment are not. Asterisks, exclamation points, and other typography can substitute for profanity when the unabridged dictionary isn’t enough (it usually is….)

Copyright. It’s not just an old-fashioned word, it’s the law. And it’s a law that matters. So don’t post copyrighted work here without permission (except for brief quotes in the course of a discussion) and cite the source for anything you do quote. Don’t post elsewhere (off this blog) anything you find here without permission of its writer, whether it’s the blog-owner or someone else’s comment.


Here’s what you need to know about how data are collected on this site, what data, why, and how it may be shared.   This blog is embedded on a site by Elizabeth Moon. (http://www.elizabethmoon.com)  who is also the blog Administrator.

Your personal data is collected on this blog only when you choose to make a comment, for the purpose of your comment being posted publicly on the site.  The data collected includes email address and IP address.

If you comment, your email address and IP address will be shared with WordPress (the blogsite generator) to allow for moderation and recognition of succeeding posts that pass moderation.  Your email and IP will be visible to this site’s Admin (Elizabeth Moon) when reviewing comments.  The content of your comment will be visible to anyone reading comments.   Comments are retained on the site only until the available space is used up, when the oldest are purged.  If you wish a comment of yours to be deleted, contact me through the website.

You can access WordPress’s privacy policy here:   https://automattic.com/privacy/

Your data will also be shared with the spam blocker Akismet, a WordPress plug-in for WordPress blogs, for comparison with a list of known spam sources; spam comments are transferred to a spam file and deleted in batches by the site admin.  Akismet retains the data in order to block additional spam.

       You can access Akismet’s privacy policy here:  https://automattic.com/privacy/