Gemma Etc. Comment Policy

I am very grateful for comments on my blog posts, and I thoroughly enjoy reading every single one. I always welcome readers to leave their blog link, however if a comment is left on my blog which contains links to giveaways, social media platforms or individual blog posts, I will edit the comment and remove said links as my comment box is not for advertising. I moderate all of the comments left on my blog, and any negative comments will not be published. I have created this Gemma Etc. Comment Policy to ensure the comments left on my blog are in keeping with the recommended guidelines set by Disqus when leaving comments. Some of the following points within my comment policy are points that have been recommend by Disqus to include themselves.

Gemma Etc Comment Policy


All comments left on Gemma Etc. are automatically added to a ‘pending’ queue within my Disqus dashboard as I manually approve, edit or remove every single comment. If you leave a comment and don’t see it appear, don’t worry I aim to approve comments within 2-4 hours of a comment being left. However if after that time period you don’t see your comment, it’s possible it has been deleted or marked as spam if it didn’t meet my comment policy.

Self Promotion

As mentioned above I welcome every single person that comments on my blog to leave a single link to their blog’s home page – infact I encourage it, as I love to interact with my readers and discover new blogs to read. Disqus themselves point out that self promotion within another blogger’s comment box is prohibited so please refrain from doing so. A blog’s comment section is never there for self promotion, and any comments containing the following will without fail be edited, deleted completely or marked as spam:

Comments containing the following will always be edited, deleted or marked as spam;

  • Giveaway links.
  • Social media links.
  • Bloglovin’ links.
  • YouTube links.
  • Specific blog post linksthis includes using link shorteners to try and disguise links.

Guest Comments

I do not accept any guests comments on Gemma Etc. so the only way to leave a comment would be via registering with Disqus and making an account. I have this set up as I don’t want anonymous comments, and want to minimise spam comments as much as possible.


Be polite and stay on topic. Don’t flag or downvote another user’s comment if you disagree with them.


Do not post any personal information within your comments.

English Only

We currently only support English-only discussions on Disqus channels. Non-English comments and discussions will be removed.

Choose Your (Curse) Words Wisely

Comments that contain profanity are automatically held for moderator review before being posted. Depending on the context of the comment, it may be removed. Profanity used to insult, antagonize, or inflame will always be removed.

Don’t Be a Jerk

Personal attacks and harassment will not be tolerated. Sexist, racist, misogynist, homophobic, and broad, offensive generalizations about groups of people are simply not allowed. Comments or discussions written intentionally to provoke will also be removed.


Should a user repeatedly ignore the Gemma Etc Comment Policy, they will be permanently banned from leaving comments.