I just received a comment on our “about” page from a pro-life blogger who wanted to use my site to promote his pro-life movement. Unfortunately, instead of *asking* for me to promote him, he just went ahead and commented with a full-page advertisement. His comment has since been deleted, and I’m not going to even bother linking to him, since I don’t think he should get any positive credit for using spam techniques, no matter how good his cause.
However, I thought I’d post the email reply I sent to him:
> I received a comment from you on my site that ammounted to a complete article/advertisement for your organization. I’m deleting your comment, and I thought you might like to know why.
> While I am 100% behind anything that might help to end the scourge of abortion, it isn’t fair to me or to anyone else for you to take advantage of my space to advertise your programs without my permission. I’m sure you have an excellent agenda, but taking advantage of other people to promote it is unchristian and uncalled for.
> If you had posted a comment asking me to post something about your organization, I might have been willing to give you front page space to do so, and hopefully drawn the attention of whatever readers I might have. But as it is, your comment counts as little more than spam, and so it will be deleted.