Open Thread & Comment Policy

This isn’t necessarily a comment policy, but it should provide a little more insight on what I allow in my comment section. When I comment on other blogs, it will always be with my WordPress signature / avatar. I don’t comment as ‘anonymous’ because I have nothing to hide when stating my opinion. At the same time, I prefer commenters that have a REAL blog – by ‘real’ I mean that it is a page that gets updated on a regular basis, not one that was created as a sock-puppet by a person who resides in a self-created echo chamber! I’ve gone to some blogs and seen comments that are supposedly from another blogger, which have gotten a random compliment from the blog author. For instance, the dialogue goes something like this: “Hey, great blog! I agree with your post; you’re so well-informed! I’m SO glad I found your page and will bookmark it and share it with everyone I know!” The author comments with: “Hey, I like your blog too – great posts and articles!” I get curious and click on the link of the commenter’s name, especially if it’s another WordPress site or a Blogger page, and see…a page created two years ago, with no posts except for the unedited ‘Welcome’ page and no traffic except the initial “this is a comment – you can edit these at any time” starter. It’s disingenuous and a bit creepy, IMHO!

Digressing…if you comment here, please know that I moderate all comments – consequently, there will be a short delay between the time you comment and the time it gets published, if I allow it through. Since I have international viewing, please allow for any time differences as well!

I have a spam filter enabled, so if your comment goes to spam it might not get viewed or published. I do check the folder since some things get marked as spam which aren’t, and some spam (called ‘ham’) manages to make it to the comments that need to be moderated – so don’t fret if a comment isn’t immediately approved. It might be sitting in the ‘spam’ folder for no good reason!

As far as trolls go, I’ve already said my piece about them in my ‘About’ page – you can read that if you need a reminder. Also, if your avatar doesn’t match your usual postings, that post will most likely be flagged as spam. I personally don’t think that it’s right for trolls to hijack someone else’s blog or avatar and use it for deceitful purposes: so, if you can’t post as yourself, don’t bother with my little space, here!

“Video Killed the Radio Star:” I will allow some video links, but only in moderation. I will, most likely, post links to songs that I like which I have found on YouTube. Some links will get updated often, but I can’t keep up with all of the ‘terminated’ accounts that have hosted certain songs. If anyone happens to notice that a link to an awesome song has vanished, feel free to let me know and I’ll do my best to locate it again. Who knows? Maybe I’ll start making my own little song videos, once I get my YouTube account up and running!     😎

If you are a regular commenter, that doesn’t mean that every single comment you write will get published. For instance, if you make a comment that has nothing to do with the blog-post in question, I’ll assume that you didn’t read it and didn’t have anything to say about it. Some people like trolls and their antics; me, not so much – if you make an asinine comment it’s essentially a waste of my time and blog-space. If you have so much time on your hands that you spend endless hours commenting on blogs, then more power to you! If you get offended by something I post, then too bad, so sad…I don’t claim to be uber-P.C., so if you’re expecting it and don’t find it, feel free to move on without a word! I do the same – it’s easy to just leave or ‘unfollow’ if your poor widdle fee-fees have been injured by absolutely nothing. I use the ‘Golden Rule’ below, so I suggest that you do the same when you enter!

I like reciprocation: If you’ve been kind enough to ‘reblog’ or ‘pingback’ one of my postings, then I’m more than happy to visit your blog and do the same with topics I like. Of course, the usual caveat applies: Me liking a post doesn’t mean that I agree with every single thing you write, nor do I expect you to like or agree with everything I write. I can agree to disagree with others and still be cordial with them.

 

If I visit your blog and you don’t respond to my comments, or refuse to allow my comments through, then that’s your right – and I have the right to do the same. Free will, and all that…

Finally, you can see that this is essentially my ‘open thread.’ If you have any off-topic comments to make, they can go here – but my loose commenting ‘policy’ still stands! No trolls, no spam, and only a moderate amount of insanity and inanity will prevail. That’s basically it…so, see you around the interwebs of cyberspace!

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sepultura13
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 09:50:11

    I’ll get the ball rolling, here:

    1. Yay, the royal baby was born! How fitting that the new prince is a Leo, no?
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23427180

    2. Detroit declared bankruptcy – um, when you hire a bankruptcy attorney to solve a problem, it seems that they would suggest what they know…
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23369573

    3. Murderer George Zimmerman supposedly saved a family in a car. You can bet that the people weren’t Black! I think the whole story is made-up, personally…it seems just a little bit too coincidental.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23413111

    What do you think about these developments? Let’s discuss them.

    Reply

  2. sepultura13
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 12:30:44

    Here are things I’d REALLY love to know, but will get no answers to!

    1. If you hate what the POTUS is doing, why don’t you run for political office yourself? I mean, it seems that you could do the job yourself, seeing that it’s so easy…right? Throw your hat in the ring already – you obviously have all of the answers!

    2. Why does a sell-out like Nick Cannon fly under the radar with his support of an inbred, white-trash, psycho-bitch, attention whore who is on a 5150 hold? Is it because he’s married to a slut like Mariah Carey, who (for some strange reason) gets BET awards left and right? Go figure…

    3. Plenty of people vote with their dollars on a daily basis, but certain, select members of the blogosphere get undue credit for suggesting something that many of us already do. Why is this?

    Reply

  3. sepultura13
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 12:09:01

    I was perusing the web-o-sphere and came across this story about a girl who was picked upon at school because she has dreadlocks:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/05/tiana-parker-dreads_n_3873868.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices

    The huge WTF moment; the most shameful thing in this story, is that this was a BLACK ‘charter school’ that engaged in this discriminatory action! When did Black people start thinking that having ‘natural’ hair was a ‘fad’ or ‘passing thing?’ I’d always thought that it was sporting a weave or extensions that was ‘faddy!’ Sheesh…

    What do you think of this?

    Reply

  4. mary burrell
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 15:39:38

    Lots of people have been reaching out to young Tiana , letting her know she is beautiful just like she is. That it’s the school that’s messed up.

    Reply

  5. sepultura13
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 11:39:12

    My thoughts are with the family of Avonte Oquendo, who is a 14-year-old boy in New York City. He has been missing since Friday, 4 October, and is classified as a ‘mute autistic.’ The school he attended has a lot of explaining to do!

    http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/10/avonte-oquendo-missing-search-for-mising-autistic-new-york-city-boy-goes-on-95357.html

    Reply

  6. leannenz
    Nov 07, 2015 @ 18:39:43

    Congratulations on reaching 100 followers.! I couldn’t get the comment box to open up on that post. Very happy to have found your blog in the Dream Big Dream Often Meet and Greet post. Am enjoying checking out your varied posts on a lazy Sunday morning here in Japan!

    Reply

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  8. bouchraabd
    Jan 04, 2016 @ 06:29:51

    Hello there ! Happy New Year from Paris France, thanks for reading my poems. A bientôt 🙂

    Reply

    • sepultura13
      Feb 29, 2016 @ 14:17:05

      by the way would you agree to gather into a blog I mean i would like to create in international blog with poetry

      I’m not much of a poet, but it sounds like fun…I need to stretch my creative wings in different ways!
      🙂

      Reply

  9. bouchraabd
    Feb 29, 2016 @ 14:31:04

    well you are already a poet, your universe is interesting in many levels, well i guess it’s too fast to start now but let’s think about it 🙂

    Reply

  10. Brian Lageose
    Mar 04, 2016 @ 22:50:46

    The director hollers “Action!”. And then I, in the guise of a Brad Pitt/Ryan Reynolds supermodel approaches your altar and says “These words are true and fine. I am your disciple forever, for the honesty and forthrightness which you dispense upon the world in this amazing thread.” The the director belches “Cut and print!”, after which we all head to a tapas restaurant and celebrate life. End scene.

    Reply

  11. bouchraabd
    May 05, 2016 @ 12:45:24

    Hello again

    Reply

  12. bouchraabd
    May 05, 2016 @ 13:30:56

    “i need a man’s advice about something which is happening to me”

    Then you need to ask a man, sweetheart.
    😉

    Reply

    • sepultura13
      May 12, 2016 @ 17:29:45

      Aw, what’s wrong? Did your Prozac run out, or are you in need of your monthly hormone shots? Either way, you seem to have mistaken my blog for an advice column! I can’t say that I’m surprised: you display a huge lack of grammatical skills, and you’re unable to understand clear, concise information when it is presented. How pitiful.

      I hope that your employers at the Centre Pompidou keep a close eye on you…you’re clearly unhinged, hopelessly ignorant, and quite inappropriate with your superiors. Whatever your issues are, they are no longer welcome here. I hope that you get the help you need – best of luck!
      😎

      Reply

  13. jacquelineobyikocha
    Oct 05, 2016 @ 01:04:17

    I find your post hilarious though it’s true. I can’t stand those spam nonsense and have learnt to smell them from gazillion miles away.

    Reply

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  15. sepultura13
    Jan 24, 2017 @ 13:59:13

    Here is the full, unedited back-and-forth of my blogger-to-blogger ‘interview,’ as the original has been removed from the interviewer’s site. Names have been edited to reflect the respective sites.

    [1/6/2017 10:40:58 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Hey so we should definitely get this tardy interview on a roll! First question is as always how long have you been a gamer?

    [1/7/2017 7:54:21 AM] Sepultura13: Ah – so you do live in the U.K.! That’s why my friends request didn’t go through, LOL! At any rate, I have been a gamer since I was eight, as I consider playing D & D being a gamer. As far as video games go, I started out in the arcades at six. My family didn’t live in a proper house until I was 10, so we didn’t have a gaming system or home computer until I was 12. That’s when REAL gaming began!

    [1/7/2017 8:59:33 AM] The Well-Red Mage: (Haha, actually I’ve been to the UK but I currently live in the US. I just keep weird hours!) Ah you just touched my lil soul with the mention of arcades. Do you remember the names of any particular arcades you frequented? How about some favorite arcade games?

    [1/7/2017 9:38:14 AM] Sepultura13: Tempest, Phoenix, Joust, Gauntlet, and Total Carnage – just to name a few, LOL

    [1/7/2017 9:41:53 AM] Sepultura13: the arcades had old-school games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Pole Position…and pinball machines!

    [1/7/2017 9:42:23 AM] Sepultura13: so I played those as well…kicked ass at air-hockey!

    [1/7/2017 10:01:00 AM] Sepultura13: speaking of gaming, I’m doing boring bank sorting and item research atm

    [1/7/2017 10:01:16 AM] Sepultura13: ssoooooo much fun

    [1/7/2017 11:53:31 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Ugh, is anything in real life even fun? Ha! So what was your first home gaming system then?

    [1/8/2017 8:35:45 AM] Sepultura13: The first one that I owned, personally, was the original NES. I can’t count the used, second-hand Atari system that I barely got to use before I left home, or the computer that my dad and brothers hogged! 😀

    [1/8/2017 9:35:39 AM] The Well-Red Mage: You definitely got the better end of the deal with the NES over the Atari. So what were some of your favorite games for the NES? Any hidden, obscure gems or did you stick with the famous classics?

    [1/8/2017 9:39:58 AM] Sepultura13: I enjoyed the classics, and had some obscure gems – Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt, obviously – I also played SMB II and III. The original Final Fantasy on NES is the only FF game I played, now that I think about it. My favourite game was the Ultima series, and NES did well with Ultima IV and V. Then there were other titles such as Mega Man, Metroid, and even Monopoly.

    [1/8/2017 10:28:29 AM] Sepultura13: LOL – I must have been incorrect in thinking that doing this interview wouldn’t take very long. I thought that it would be done in an hour or less via IM…then again, I don’t have young kids tugging on my clothes every five minutes or so!

    [1/8/2017 3:58:54 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Haha! My apologies. 2017 is shaping up to be a very distracting year for blogging for me. I’m determined to get this interview completed, though!

    [1/8/2017 4:00:16 PM] The Well-Red Mage: I’ve not played the Ultima series but I’m surprised to learn, given its popularity, that you’ve only been able to play the original Final Fantasy. Have you purposefully avoided them or just never had a good opportunity to play them? Along those lines, what are some other gaming systems you’ve latched onto since the NES?

    [1/8/2017 4:14:21 PM] Sepultura13: Well, I don’t understand why FF is so popular. It limits your character builds in many ways, and I like a game that offers variety – that’s what the Ultima series did at the outset, and why I like The Elder Scrolls multi-verse as well.

    [1/8/2017 4:15:11 PM] Sepultura13: As far as other gaming systems, I’ve played both PS, PS2, and Xbox – preferred the PS and PS2 over Xbox for the games offered, as well as the price.

    [1/8/2017 4:15:51 PM] Sepultura13: I enjoy PC games over console games overall, which is why I haven’t played many console offerings.

    [1/8/2017 4:18:37 PM] The Well-Red Mage: I think the FF series has evolved into one that’s more story oriented than character buildey, although there are some spin offs now and then with a bit more focus on that, as per its characteristic “jobs” system. But I you make me want to try out the Ultima series. Any particular reason why you enjoy PC over console gaming?

    [1/8/2017 5:46:32 PM] Sepultura13: Well, we can agree to disagree on game genres, LOL! What I look for in a game seems to be completely different from what you look for, just like with TV shows, movies, etc. As far as preference of PC over consoles, it has to do with the variety of games, as well as what PC games offer over console games. I don’t like being limited in what genre I play, nor do I like paying more for a game than it’s worth! Console games always seem over-priced in comparison to PC games, to me.

    [1/8/2017 5:47:25 PM] Sepultura13: The number of PC titles I’ve played is far greater than the console titles, by a long shot!

    [1/8/2017 5:47:34 PM] Sepultura13: (devil)

    [1/8/2017 6:08:26 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Ugh… gaming prices. Don’t even get me started. Let’s talk about your writing. As I understand it, you participated in NaNoWriMo?

    [1/8/2017 6:33:03 PM] Sepultura13: I did – it was the first time I did the NaNoWriMo challenge, after blogging off and on for about 10 years. I thought it would be a good way to get information about self-publishing, since the traditional route hasn’t worked for me so far.

    [1/8/2017 7:02:40 PM] The Well-Red Mage: What did you discover about self-publishing and the traditional route? Any hints for your potentially fellow authors out there?

    [1/8/2017 7:12:23 PM] Sepultura13: LOL – I’ve discovered that both areas are difficult to break into for some; easy for others! I have no hints, as I’ve been unsuccessful – so, someone else should be asked that question.

    [1/8/2017 7:12:40 PM] Sepultura13: I thought you were going to ask about gaming and anime, not writing! (cool)

    [1/8/2017 7:13:52 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Oh no no no no, this is a cross-examination on multiple subjects. As long as you’re comfortable in talking about your writing?

    [1/8/2017 9:17:24 PM] Sepultura13: I’m pretty comfortable talking about anything and everything – so, fire away!

    [1/8/2017 10:54:31 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Awesome! As I suspected… so please tell us about the project you worked on for your first NaNoWriMo! Did you succeed? Did you fail? What kind of novel was it! Juicy details!

    [1/9/2017 8:49:40 AM] Sepultura13: It was a fan fiction short story, that I am editing at leisure, and posting excerpts of it on my blog from time to time. Yes, I succeeded at the NaNoWriMo challenge, in that I typed a little over 50k words during the month of November.

    [1/9/2017 7:06:43 PM] The Well-Red Mage: (If I could get a link to some of those blog entries, that’d be great)

    [1/9/2017 7:06:48 PM] The Well-Red Mage: That’s something to be proud of

    [1/9/2017 7:06:49 PM] The Well-Red Mage: , cert

    [1/9/2017 7:07:19 PM] The Well-Red Mage: certainly. What turned you to writing/blogging as an interest in the first place? Why blog at all?

    [1/9/2017 8:39:10 PM] Sepultura13: I thought that you’d seen the excerpts when I posted them – my mistake! I’ll send a link when I’m able to.

    As far as writing/ blogging goes, I got into it at an early age with no real inspiration or direction from family. Why blog? Simple: I do it for the same reason anybody has a hobby – I enjoy it.

    [1/9/2017 10:06:40 PM] The Well-Red Mage: And what would you say makes your particular blog special out there amidst the sea? What is your specialty?

    [1/10/2017 6:09:16 AM] Sepultura13: I entertain whilst informing, and focus on subjects that are underrepresented.

    [1/10/2017 6:10:04 PM] The Well-Red Mage: What are some of these underrepresented subjects? I noticed a multitude of different things on your blog.

    [1/11/2017 5:47:42 PM] Sepultura13: You answered your own question, as the myriad topics that I talk about or highlight are largely underrepresented. Reading them in depth might enlighten you about them.

    [1/11/2017 5:54:22 PM] The Well-Red Mage: K. Back to gaming then. Since we’ve played what seems like a variety of different games between us, what are some of your all-time favorites?

    [1/12/2017 12:01:09 PM] Sepultura13: That covers a wide area! Glad that you asked. Along with the Ultima and Elder Scrolls multiverses, I’ll list my top five from each genre:

    NES – Final Fantasy, Super Mario 2, Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, and Ultima IV.

    Arcade: Gauntlet, Total Carnage, Phoenix, Tempest, and Joust.

    PC: Command & Conquer, Total Annihilation, Age of Wonders (series), Starcraft (series), and the whole Diablo series.

    MMOs: Ultima Online and The Elder Scrolls Online. I’ve blogged about those series often, both on WordPress and the other blogs I used to post on.

    [1/12/2017 6:18:16 PM] The Well-Red Mage: Lots of great titles! With the NES, have you picked up the Classic Edition or are you not interested?

    [1/13/2017 7:58:30 AM] Sepultura13: I still have my original NES, and it still works great! I also have a “streamlined” version that was released sometime in the late 90s, if the original ever dies on me – so, I don’t think that I’ll be investing in the Classic Edition. Is that the one you had a review about on your blog?

    [1/13/2017 8:52:21 AM] The Well-Red Mage: Yeah our resident Rage Mage did a jocular post on the teeny tiny Classic Edition. I’ve still got my NES too but the pins are wearing down. But on the other hand, it’s been impossible to find the Classic Edition anywhere. Even after Christmas. Did you catch the official presentation on the Switch last night? What are your opinions on Nintendo’s next console?

    [1/13/2017 8:52:41 AM] The Well-Red Mage: Given that you’re drawn more toward PC and such.

    [1/14/2017 8:21:57 AM] Sepultura13: I did not catch the official presentation, since I haven’t heard of the Switch. So, I have no opinion on the next console for the reason you stated: I prefer gaming on a PC.

    [1/14/2017 8:25:13 AM] The Well-Red Mage: What have you learned through the experience of blogging that you can share with us, in closing?

    [1/14/2017 9:27:12 AM] Sepultura13: That different things work for different people, and that advice or assistance is given selectively and sparingly. Blogging is much different from talking with people in the real world, when it comes to sharing information and experiences.

    [1/14/2017 12:10:55 PM] The Well-Red Mage: We are only quite little fellows in a wide world after all. Thanks for your participation! Dada da da daaa da that’s it.

    [1/14/2017 12:59:30 PM] Sepultura13: Awesome – thank you for the opportunity. Very interesting interview experience! Most enlightening.

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