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To Allow or Remove Travel Blog Comments, That is The Question

by joeheg

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One of the big stories in the travel blog world this week was when the site with the most web traffic and brand identity suddenly shut off the ability to comment on posts on its website. Also, all previous comments were deleted.

So now, if you visit that site, you’ll only see corporately approved content. No dissenting opinions or even tips that would add to your knowledge about the topic. I’m not saying which site it is, but it was previously run by a guy who wrote about points.

Sharon and I have talked about whether we should allow comments on Your Mileage May Vary. In the beginning, we were just happy that anyone was actually reading what we wrote and took the time to respond. Once we joined with Boarding Area, it didn’t take long for the trolls to reply with some hateful comments. We’ve been moderating comments on the site ever since. It’s shocking what people will write on the internet, especially when they can do it relatively anonymously.

We’re thick-skinned enough to be able to deal with someone who disagrees with our opinions. However, we’re not going to turn our site over to people who want nothing more than to spew hate out into the world.

We still plan on allowing comments to our posts but we felt it was necessary to spell out the guidelines we have when it comes to our approving a comment or not.

  1. Don’t make insulting, demeaning or any type of racist, sexist or any other discriminatory comment in your post. That’s a 100% guarantee your comment won’t get approved.
  2. You must stay on topic and add something constructive to the conversation. Merely calling us or another commenter stupid is not adding anything and no one else besides us needs to waste time reading your words.
  3. If you notice a mistake, kindly forgive us – we’re only human. Please do let us know but be aware that although we may fix the error, we may or may not publish your comment because it doesn’t really add to the topic (see #2).
  4. Be kind and respectful. We understand that people might have different opinions and that’s usually a good thing. Being able to discuss these topics like adults can broaden the horizons of all our readers. But if you’re not polite about it, your post won’t be approved.
  5. In this time of the #coronacrapola, everyone is on edge. This might just be the time to realize that if someone doesn’t agree with you about traveling, maybe it’s a good idea to keep your feelings to yourself.
  6. And speaking of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, we both believe in science, medicine and wearing masks as a way to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Posts that condone unsafe lifestyles or suggest that coronavirus is a hoax or conspiracy will not be approved

We also ask that you understand that we don’t monitor the site 24/7. If you write something and it doesn’t show up right away, just be patient. If it passes the above requirements, we’ll eventually approve it. If we have an answer to a question, we’ll even reply. If we don’t approve your comment and you write an even more hateful comment about how we’re censoring you, don’t be surprised if you’re no longer able to comment on any post on our site.

That being said, if you have a specific question that’s not directly related to a post, it might be better to write us an email at info@yourmileagemayvary.net.

Let’s all have an internet that works for all of us.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary


Gene August 1, 2020 - 10:18 am

Please keep comments!

TJ Johnson August 1, 2020 - 10:21 am

Thank you for allowing comments on your site. I found the decision to not allow comments on the other site unfortunate. I believe the comment section of many sites insightful, helpful and balancing.

Darin August 1, 2020 - 11:52 am

Why would you not say the website?

Christian August 2, 2020 - 1:19 pm


Constance Golubic August 14, 2021 - 5:00 pm

Communism at its finest . Wake up Americans!!!!

Larry September 18, 2021 - 12:48 am

Taking away history is not ok you learn from your mistakes

K-MoCha September 25, 2020 - 5:25 pm

She’s being funny. (it’s funny) 😀

Susan Glenn Barany November 24, 2020 - 10:17 am

Can you say ‘Read what the lady wrote’ and then do it?
She very cleverly and cunningly DID tell us.

Jason S August 1, 2020 - 3:44 pm

I agree 100% with your posting rules to keep the posts respectful, civil, and relevant. I wish all sites would do this.

I have frequently visited the site you were referring to. Unfortunately many of the posts are misleading or incomplete, which is not helpful for readers who don’t know better or are new to the miles and points hobby. By eliminating or censoring the comments, people can’t post helpful information and or correct incomplete or misleading comments.
It seems like many of the articles are written by people who don’t have much knowledge of the subject and primarily done to generate clicks and get CC referral income.

Christian August 1, 2020 - 5:41 pm

I hadn’t heard of comments being shut down but I’m glad you don’t follow suit. You two have a quality blog and your different areas of strength really adds some variety. Sorry about the trolls. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Joseph brodaggia September 17, 2020 - 5:07 pm

coronavirus is a hoax and a conspiracy , a brainwashing scheme and a complete idiot like yourself has proven that its easy to fool a fool

Michael February 26, 2021 - 6:00 pm

That is until you have your son come down with COVID and is hospitalized for over a month in a ICU and your not allowed to visit or hold his hand. Thank God he made it out and is now home in a hospital bed with 24 hour oxygen and a nurse.
It’s only a hoax until it hits home.

Evan Torch September 18, 2020 - 9:45 am

It’s quite clear to everyone that
1) you are REALLY warning people not to diagree with you. Your views voice the typical, liberal “embarrassment” that there are demented, confused white people out there ( as is true of every race) but I as a caucasian am responsible for every other caucasian’s actions?
2) when the subject is race, any comments which take a different pov are inherently not “ nice” and will be removed— I guess it IS hour private domain
3) But then again, you two only want contributors
who agree with you or their comments get eliminated.
Why not simply eliminate the comments section, as other viewpoints are not welcomed if they aren’t in lockstep with the thought police.

joeheg September 18, 2020 - 3:15 pm

“Amazing! Every word of what you just said was wrong”. — Luke Skywalker

Joan October 30, 2020 - 10:46 am

Policies should be short and sweet. ALL Airlines boarders, only shorts [ thighs & down or long pants, tee shirts, blouses or dresses no wifebeaters or halters

Scott September 1, 2021 - 11:38 pm

I also had to file a DOT complaint against united to get a refund for a similar situation. It took a long time but it did work.

K-MoCha September 25, 2020 - 5:31 pm

oh boy. (see photo at top). ✓
[but ♡ this site!]

KATRINA M SMITH October 27, 2020 - 2:03 pm

Pass holders would live to go to Universal Studios during the week if the operating hours accommodated it. They close at 5pm during the week…..too early.

Pam Dixon October 27, 2020 - 7:27 pm

Hopefully I didn’t just sign up for another political site. I do Disney to get away from politics. With that said, having been going to Disney for years, I am comfortable in the Covid aspect but distancing the queue literally has people standing everywhere. So much that it was hard finding the end of many lines. Idk how hard it would be, but would be awesome if at least some lines could be virtual like Star Wars Resistance. The way it stands now, the entire park has become a line with small paths between them.

Pamela November 5, 2020 - 11:37 am

First ALL passengers should be required to sign a mandatory face wearing document that is bidding with financial repercussions if they refuse to wear while or after boarding. Because they normally obide until time for departure or in the air. Secondly for the consideration and health guards of other passengers a secluded place in the BACK of the plane should be reserved for all those violators so they can sit Together without disrupting other passengers. Eliminating delays and additional cost to passengers and the airlines. Just a THOUGHT

Dawn Geers June 3, 2021 - 3:43 pm

Re: Uber story. I was charged Surge x2.4 in the amount of $56.14. I had no idea there was going to be a surge fee. I ordered car the night prior. Very disappointed in how this was handled. Uber did credit me $23 but still quite a hit.


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