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Review of the Art of Manliness Comment Policy

The Art of Manliness has from the beginning been designed as an open forum and gathering place for men of all backgrounds and beliefs, a place for all men who are interested in every aspect of manliness, from the fun to the serious. AoM’s mission is to provide content that both entertains and inspires, all with an eye towards ultimately helping men become better. To this end, I’ve tried to keep the comments section of our posts as open and free as possible.

However, over the last few months I’ve been unhappy with the tone and tenor that some have been bringing to the comments section. AoM is designed to be a community of gentlemen, but many of the comments of late have been downright ungentlemanly in nature and are making the blog a rather unpleasant place to visit. As a blogger, I understand that criticism comes with the job, but I am more concerned about the treatment of our guest writers, regular contributors, and fellow commenters. As guests of my blog, I desire for them to be treated with the utmost respect, and they have not been.

I will absolutely acknowledge that I have myself been guilty from time to time of leaving comments that did not show an appropriate level of politeness. When people leave snarky and angry comments, it is admittedly quite difficult to not respond in kind. And so I am sorry if my behavior has not been up to the standard of gentlemen. I readily and frankly admit my mistake. And I have resolved to respond as civilly as possible in the future. I will do better in leading by example. But I will also be raising the bar on the level of discourse on the blog as a whole and holding all commenters to a higher standard.

We’ve had a comment policy [1] in place for some time now, but I don’t think many have read it, and it would be a good idea to review the guidelines. We do not and will not censor comments unless they contain content that:

As I said, we’ve had this policy in place for quite awhile now, but I’ve been lax in enforcing it. And so I wanted to give you all the heads up that I will be holding all comments to this standard. Learning how to debate like gentlemen is an invaluable skill I think we all could work on. I want the Art of Manliness to be a welcoming place, where men feel free to share their ideas and advice on manliness in a civil and respectful way. I thank those who have done this all along, and I look forward to moving forward and continuing to improve the experience here at AoM. I thank you in advance for helping make AoM a better place.