It has been some time since I have gone over the purpose and rules for my personal blog site. Recently some folks have demonstrated their confusion about this site. For the record, let me repeat some of the ‘rules’ associated with my blog site for your awareness.
First of all, this is my personal blog.
As the disclaimer on the home page says, these posts and comments represent my person thoughts, insights, and concerns. This blog site is definitely not the views of any other organization or person. I write about what I am interested in and what I want to say, and literally nobody tells me what topics I should address or how to approach them. What I write here is subject only to my own approval. Not even my wife gets a vote. (she doesn’t read it).
This blog site is NOT representative of my current employer, Special Aerospace Services, LLC. It is my hope that I do not offend SAS management or their many clients, but again, this is my personal site and they neither direct me nor necessarily agree with me on what I post. This is my personal blog site.
This blog site is NOT representative of my former employer, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Federal Government. Long ago, I used to have a blog on the NASA web page that did represent many times the official position of the US government but THIS IS NOT IT. Again, it is not my intention to offend my old colleagues, but they do not direct me nor do they necessarily concur with my thoughts and positions. This is my personal blog site.
This blog site is NOT associated with any of the volunteer organizations with which I am (or was) a member or officer. This is NOT an official site for the NASA Alumni League, the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Rice University Engineering Alumni Board of Directors, the Rice Space Institute, the Baker Institute at Rice University, etc., etc., etc. None of those organizations give direction for my blog nor do they influence me on topics or how I address them. This is my personal blog site.
This blog site does not represent the advisory roles that I have with the Federal Government under the Federal Advisory Committee’s Act. This blog site is not an official site for the NASA Advisory Council nor for the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory /committee. They do not direct me on what to blog or how to address issues. In general, I avoid discussing NAC or COMSTAC issues in my blog; after all those FACA Committee meetings are by law public and are well reported by the media. While I attempt not to offend those organizations, I will say what I want and in the way I want on this blog site. This is my personal blog site.
In Texas, we do not register as members of a political party, we merely register as a voter. While I have definite political leanings, I am not an active member of any political party. Political organizations do not direct my topics on this blog site nor do they influence how I address topics. This is my personal blog site.
Now that we have that clarification over, let me address some of the rules for commenting on my posts.
I have sole discretion over what comments are posted and what are not posted. No one else influences me on what will or will not be posted. There is no appeal. I will refuse (disapprove) comments in the following categories:
- Comments that I find offensive. Keep your comments civil. No slander allowed. No profanity allowed. You get the picture.
- I will not post comments that lead to other web pages or other blog sites. It’s just my policy.
- I will not allow comments that are clearly advertising gimmicks.
- I will only allow comments that I deem to be ‘on topic’ for the post. Nothing else. This is at my sole discretion.
- I will disapprove ‘comments’ that are longer than the original post. Get your own blog site.
I think that is about it.
As a final note, please be aware that I write mostly from my faulty memory. After I retired from NASA I was dismayed to find that I would not be able to access the extensive archives that the agency maintains on the space shuttle and other programs. In spite of my repeated and courteous requests, the agency shows no signs of letting me or any other retiree access that data for our memoirs or scholarly papers or other objectives. So what I write is subject to what I remember. I feel confident though, that my old colleagues – both active and retired – will set me straight if I mis-remember some facts. I will try to correct any errors that are pointed out to me, but it may take a while. After all, I’m mostly retired