LJC Comments Policy

Last Updated: December 11, 2019

Kindly note my Comments Policy, which applies to all comments on this site and the LJC Forum

Comments are welcomed and encouraged. No prior registration is required in order to comment, no Captcha box to prove you are human.

You can post anonymously, though I would encourage you to adopt a consistent “name” and my advice is to get a free Gravatar. identity.  To avoid email harvesting bots on the internet, I recommend posting from an alias account (a secondary hotmail or gmail account) and not your prime email address.

Older blog posts remain open for comment, as are all the static pages of information. If you have something to say, even in reply to older comments, it will get attention. The fifteen most recent comments are always listed in the right sidebar, visible to everyone.

Comments are published  immediately, unless they contain multiple html links, (usually though not always a characteristic of spam) or contain certain offensive words or phrases. WordPress filters automatically redirect spam into a spam box, which I empty without reading,  or a moderation queue, where I have to approve or delete them.

As a consequence of this extremely liberal policy there are some circumstances where comments may be edited or deleted.  You don’t enter someone’s home as a guest and start to insult them or other guests, though it  happens sometimes. Please remember this is my blog, not a public square. Politeness is required, even if you think I am a complete plonker, and even if you are right.

Great-Britain-120-animated-flag-gifsLJC  is read by people all around the world, some of whom have issues with Britain’s colonial history, and don’t always get my  British sense of humour.

During the timeline of the British Empire, broadly, from around 1600 to the mid-1950s,  I was not even born. At the very  tail end of it, I was still a minor. So  I accept no guilt for the “oppression” of anyone by “The British”.  I question the motives of people who apologise for something haven’t done, or want others to apologise for something they didn’t do. Just so we are clear: It wasn’t me, guv’, I never dun it, so don’t waste your time with a “You British…” line.   If you are offended by anything you read here, you are free to go elsewhere.


This is an Anglophone blog. Comments must be written in English or sufficiently passable English,  in order to be understood.  The only exception is residents of the planet Saturn, who are welcome any time.

  1.  Comments should be relevant to the post topic and the blog subject material.
  2. . Comments promoting products or services, or soliciting/sale of records, will be deleted. If you want advice regarding selling a large jazz collection, you can write to me privately.
  3.  Feel free to disagree (politely), I welcome honest differences of opinion, but ad hominem comments,  personal attacks on me, other posters, or just someone on the net you don’t like,  I don’t debate, I delete. (See more on LJC etiquette below)
  4. Regarding Ebay sellers – if you have an issue with a particular seller, this is not the place to air them: take your issue to Ebay, who police their own transactions. Harming someone’s reputation on the internet can result in legal action against you.
  5. Commentors are welcome to include hyperlinks to other web material, but need to be aware of WordPress’s automatic spam filters (see below) which tag posts containing multiple hyperlinks, though one link only will usually pass.

Comments – LJC etiquette

Music stirs the emotions, and many opinions about it are passionately held. To enable civilised exchange of opinion, the following principles apply to comments on LondonJazzCollector.  You may not agree with all of them, but please respect them: they are my opinion.

  1. No one else knows what you hear, you do not know what someone else hears.
  2. No two people have the same  listening history. The “best you have ever heard” may be true for you but not  someone else.
  3. No two people have the same music playback system. A recording can sound great on one system and weak on another system that is tuned to other priorities.
  4.  Different copies of the same record can sound different. Your experience is only  a sample of outcomes, other peoples experience may be different to yours.
  5. Sound quality is subjective,  there is no scientific measure of sound quality (setting aside defective engineering processes) The only benchmark is live or studio performance.
  6. Recorded sound preferences differ. Some listeners prefer mono format, some stereo;  some like lots of bass, some prefer more controlled bass. Your preferences, your opinion.
  7. Opinions are valid for you, but not verifiable facts. Other people’s opinions are just opinions, as are yours.
  8. State your opinion, that’s it, you are done. I don’t like “fisking” – where someone quotes another poster’s words, and then proceed to take it apart. That discourages people from contributing their opinions, which impoverishes us all. That’s my opinion, you can quote me on it.

If you have got to the end of this list, and are still in your comfort zone,  well done, you are ready to type.

There is a lot of pleasure to be had exchanging opinions, learning new things, respect differences in opinion, have a civilised discourse. Twitter is a sewer, Facebook is for children. Even if this is the last place on the internet where such a thing exists, LJC is for grown-ups, play nicely and we will get on fine. If you don’t like what you find here, there are plenty of other blogs which may be more to your taste, or you could always start your own.

LondonJazzCollector  reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog, without notice. By commenting here you accept these policies.


Update: April 6, 2014 – comments including multiple web links

WordPress spam filters are triggered automatically by the inclusion of multiple hyperlinks in a comment, and the comments diverted.  Recent large increases on the volume of spam, mainly online pharmacy,  requires a change in how comments including multiple hyperlinks are dealt with at LJC

SPAM proliferationCapture

I have previously been able to look through comments tagged as spam to rescue the odd genuine comment. However I can no longer wade through 500-odd comments a day. From now on all comments tagged by WordPress spam filters will be deleted automatically.

If you post a comment containing several weblinks,  which does not appear immediately you can always contact me directly (address on ABOUT page), and I may be able to fix it. Posting multiple links to other web content will likely fall foul of spam filters. It may be preferable to copy and paste text into comments. Less efficient, but that is the world we live in.

If commenting is not in your comfort zone, the LJC Forum is a little more informal, try it.



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