Our policy has always been to answer all (ok, most! as many as we can) comments, and to leave the comments section open on all the articles, even very old ones. But as the number of comments has grown, it's been harder and harder for some of us (ok, me!) to keep up.
My new policy: I will continue to answer most of the comments on the perfume reviews, but I'm going to slow down on answering the comments on new fragrance announcements and perfume news items and polls and whatnot. I will join in the conversation when I can, but I'm no longer going to try to be sure that everyone gets answered.
I will leave it up to each contributor to decide how to deal with comments, within reason: we still want to keep a dialogue going, but once the comment number climbs over 50 or 60, it can be very time consuming to answer everybody.
Also, I've updated (and hopefully, clarified) the comment policy. It would be great if everyone would take a moment to read it:
You are welcome to disparage perfumes with abandon so long as you keep your language clean. You are also welcome to disagree with the authors, or with other readers. You are not welcome to disparage other readers or to make personal attacks on the authors.
Mean-spirited, hostile or insulting comments, or comments that contain profanity, will be deleted (or edited) at the discretion of the editor, as will comments that express hostility towards members of any racial, ethnic or religious group.
Basically, we want to keep the peace. If your comment does not help to further that goal, we might delete it. Bear in mind that people are allowed to say obnoxious or upsetting or ridiculous things about perfumes — if you express hostility towards someone because they've said something obnoxious or upsetting or ridiculous, your comment is the one that will be deleted.
You are welcome to include relevant links to other websites. Please do not link to the front page of your own blog or website for promotional purposes. You are more than welcome to put a link to your own website in your user profile. Unwelcome links in the comments will be removed.
Retailers, ebay merchants and perfume houses may not use the comments section to advertise, promote, or link to their wares. Comments that show obvious signs of astroturfing or shilling will be removed. If you are commenting as the representative of a perfume house, retailer or other official corporate entity, please identify yourself as such within the body of the comment itself, otherwise your comment may be removed.
If you see a comment that you think violates our policy, please send a link to robin at nstperfume dot com.
Every so often, comments get trapped in our handy-dandy spam filter. If you left a comment that you think was in keeping with our comment policy but it did not appear, send an email to robin at nstperfume dot com, and I'll go looking for it.
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