My House, My Rules (Update)
Now that Google+ is open to the public, we have a whole new opportunity to set community standards. Thus far they have been high and the rewards have been a sense of shared exploration and involved discussion. I believe that each of us has a responsibility to maintain the community on their own posts. I also believe that there is room for a lot of diversity. What I'm comfortable with might not be what you are comfortable with.

What you do in your circles is your business. What you do in my circles becomes mine. Some of the most popular writers on Google+ (such as +Guy Kawasaki and +Robert Scoble ) have already had to educate new users on what they consider quality interactions.

Try it yourself. What tone are you trying to set? What behavior do you encourage? If someone misbehaves at your place, or attacks one of your friends, do you take action?

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Deleting Comments and Branching Discussions
Recently +Steven Streight and I discussed whether it was okay to delete comments or was it a type of censorship. It's absolutely okay (and if you don't believe me, listen to author +John Scalzi -- see link below).

My House, My Rules
First of all, I'm under no obligation to provide anyone with a bully pulpit. I'm the host of my post and if I don't like the way that someone is acting in my house, I'll bounce them. If they want to spout off, they have their own account where they can set their own standards among their circles. I'm not going to give anyone netiquette advice on how to behave at their place. But I do expect them to respect the rules at mine. We do not need one standard for everyone; we need to respect the standards people set for themselves.

My post is my space where I'm free to do what I want and they have to play by my rules. Conversely, my comments exist in someone else's space where they are free to do what they want and I have to play by their rules. If they delete one of my comments, I'm not going to cry about it.

Branch the Discussion
If you're worried someone will delete a comment, then the best tactic is to reshare the post and put your comment in the reshare as an introduction. That way you are in control. In fact, that's one of the best ways to reshare something -- to provide added value when introducing it, to explain why you agree with the original author or why you don't. This turns you from a reader into a content producer.

That's my policy on deleting theory. In action, I've only deleted two comments in seven weeks. One person got really off topic. The other forgot we were speaking publicly and revealed personal information. What I did in both cases was copy their comments and start a new discussions with just them.

My Standards
I've been lucky so far to have interesting and engaging readers. I'm always more interested in a good discussion than mindless agreement. As long as people stay on topic and focus on the issues, then you're welcome here.
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