1. Completely anonymous comments will be vetted for content. If you don't have a google account, that's okay. Just put your name at the end of the comment and all will be fine! (I'm thinking about commenters like Rosi: I want your input. Just sign off with your name as you've been doing and we're good!) I find that when we are completely anonymous, our dark side starts to come out and this isn't a place for those mean thoughts...
2. It's okay to not like things...If you disagree with me, share your thoughts, and be civil about it. We can have a lively debate and even agree to disagree without sharing a single mean word! What should you do if you think I'm wrong? Click here for a post on the topic. I'm always up for a lively debate!
3. If what you're about to say to me or another person would hurt your feelings, don't write it. I'm astonished at how many people thought it was okay for someone to call me a "baby" or that my blog was filled with "misguided ramblings". These things aren't okay. You're an adult, and I expect you to behave like one. No name calling, no besmirching of reputations, no shouting someone down. If you would be ashamed to hear your child had called another child what you called me, or if it would hurt your feelings to see that in a public place, don't write it. These comments will be taken down. It's not censorship - it's a kindness.
As an aside to this, it is not okay to question my mental health when I say I'm upset by something. Commenting that I might not be getting enough Vitamin D as I seem a bit moody or asking if I'm going through things in my personal life really isn't acceptable.
I admit I'm a little shocked by what passes for adult discourse these days. If you don't like something I've said, ask yourself if it's worth your time to comment? If you don't like my philosophy, it is okay to leave the blog without having to give me a piece of your mind. There are hundreds - nay thousands - of blogs out there about cosmetic chemistry. Why not find one you love and spend time there instead of visiting those that make you angry? I accept that I am not everyone's cup of tea! (Click here for more on what I call my Trifecta of Argh!)
As a final thought - p pointed out that flame wars are acceptable on other blogs and forums - they aren't here. Share your thoughts and play nice.
And thank you so much to those of you who commented and emailed me. Your messages mean a lot to me and you reminded me why I write the blog and why I get such joy out of it. I'm working on new posts now and should have them up by the weekend! I really can't thank you enough!