New Comment Policy

Today I have a bit of housekeeping to do with The Tiny Life, I wanted to include you in this because I wanted  to hear your feedback on this.

Over the past few months we have had a few comments that required attention because of inappropriate language.  After running this blog for several years I am happy to say that I can still count the number of comments I have had to delete on one hand.  I like to promote transparency, so I leave practically every comment up, even if it looks bad on me.  The exception of to this is of course blatant spam, for some reason spammers think we all want Coach purses to the tune of 50,000 spam comments a month!

So below is the rough draft of our new comment policy, I’d like to hear your feedback on it.  You can also find this under the “about us” tab.


We encourage your comments on The Tiny Life and hope you will join the discussions. While we try our best, we can’t always respond to every comment. We encourage discussion and welcome constructive criticism as we see them a way to broaden our understanding of the subject. At the same time, we expect a basic level of civility; disagreements are fine, but mutual respect is a must.

Commenting is considered an acknowledgement that you agree that you will not:

  1. Post material that infringes on the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights.
  2. Post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by The Tiny Life in its sole discretion.
  3. Post advertisements or solicitations of business.
  4. Impersonate another person.
  5. Post the same note more than once or “spam”

The Tiny Life has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to discriminatory comments based on age, gender, orientation, race, nationality, religious affiliation, political affiliations.

We reserve the right, but not obligated to:

  1. Remove communications that are abusive, illegal or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with the above

By posting any comments or other material on The Tiny Life, you understand we don’t own your comments, but understand that we may use your submission for post ideas, marketing, and other related endeavors.  Commenting is considered to be acknowledgment of this.

If you feel there is a comment that requires attention, please send a link to the comment to us via that contact us tab.

  1. Aye, Cap’n, ’tis a good policy.

  2. Sounds good. Some element of moderating is necessary, and you’re being conservative enough to allow constructive discussion while not introducing any unreasonable bias.

    • Good response Adam, mind if I tag on to yours… I enjoy and try to watch all “tiny living” subjects and especially enjoy this site.

  3. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to the tiny home movement.
    Not only is it the “wave of the future” for families/ singles, but, as a senior citizen myself, I see it as a way to continue one’s independence, travel, be close to loved ones, and, should the need arise, be close to needed help without disrupting the lives of other family members.
    Great job and thanks, again! Elizabeth Ball

  4. We haven’t had to delete comments yet (other than blatant spam) but I expect the day will come soon. I’m not looking forward to having to judge whether or not a particular comment has crossed the line, but having a policy that more clearly defines where that line is will help.

    Your comment policy is really well thought out. The only thing I can think to add is that the criteria of point 2 also be applied to the poster’s website, if provided, and links within the comment. Again, at your sole discretion.

    Hope you don’t have apply it often!
    – Mili

  5. Perfectly reasonable and unfortunately timely. So many blogs seem to become infested with nastiness that has nothing to do with the subject, or comments that ignore basic civility. There’s criticism for the sake of furthering discussion and then there’s criticism that seems to have no other purpose than being mean. As an avid blog reader I truly appreciate the hard work that goes into keeping it going. Many, many thanks for your efforts and those of the commenters that truly want the best for tiny housers.

  6. to add a bit of levity… two comment policies that i find cleverly worded…

    john michael greer at the archdruid report blog. i really like is “troll bingo card” notion!:

    “Courteous, concise comments relevant to the topic of the current week’s post are welcome, whether or not they agree with the views expressed here, and I try to respond to each comment as time permits. Long screeds proclaiming the infallibility of some ideology or other, however, will be deleted; so will repeated attempts to hammer on a point already addressed; so will comments containing profanity, abusive language, flamebaiting and the like — I filled up my supply of Troll Bingo cards years ago and have no interest in adding any more to my collection; and so will sales spam and offers of “guest posts” pitching products. I’m quite aware that the concept of polite discourse is hopelessly dowdy and out of date, but then so are a good many other things we will have to preserve, or laboriously reinvent, on the long road down from Hubbert’s peak. Thank you for reading The Archdruid Report! — JMG”

    and from Barry Ritholtz, of the big picture blog, a very sarcastic comment policy:

    “Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.”

  7. What if I get excited over what you post and say, “Holy Craptastic!” or something 🙂 Swear words are so subjective.

  8. Great Comment Policy. Great website/blog! Thanks for blogging.

    As an editor in a previous occupation, may I offer the following edits? They do not change your message.

    original – “as determined by The Tiny Life in its sole discretion.” change “in” to “at”
    revised – as determined by The Tiny Life at its sole discretion.

    original – “but not obligated to:” insert “are” between “but” and “not”
    revised – but are not obligated to:

    original – “via that contact us tab.”
    the following revision of this line will clarify the meaning:
    revised – via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page.

    You are welcome to use or not use any of my suggested edits.

    Have a great weekend.

    • I wanted to follow up that I liked your suggestions and integrated them into the comment policy page. I didn’t change this post text because I wanted it to be an archive of the changes.


  9. Sounds good!

  10. Great policy with the added corrections from another commenter above.

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