Posts, comments, privacy, cookies etc.


Comments are welcome, except where there is:

1. Defamation;
2. Breach of copyright;
3. Arguing off-topic in order to push a political line;
4. Trying to advertise by leaving a link;
5. Something gratuitous [link];
6. Victimhood Poker [link].

Here’s something extra on the defamation issue: >

Financial investment advice

This blog, nourishing obscurity, offers no financial investment advice whatever, beyond suggesting you do not invest even one penny on the basis of what we write here.

Hostile positions and trolling

Leaving links

Netiquette says you don’t go to someone’s blog to advertise yourself. Comments containing self-advertising links are deleted.

Most people leave links within their comment name and that’s encouraged. Authors are encouraged to leave some sort of link back to them.

This site does not do link exchanges, nor advertising.

Women and snowflakes

Every demographic group – men, women and children – have good people and rotters among them.  Women and snowflakes are no more special than anyone else, though the feminists try to make out they are and there are certain kinds of women’s behaviours or snowflakery this site reserves the right to tear strips off … and we do.


The golden rule is – would you say that in front of your mother or daughter?  Here’s the topic in more detail:


There is no whitelist at N.O. but there are regulars who’ve been with us for some time and are generally friendly. If their comments do not appear, it’s more than likely to be a tech glitch.

If there were an issue, then there’d also be an accompanying, visible explanation. No explanation can be seen? Means a tech glitch. Patience, dear reader.


When a post goes up, the authors reserve the right to edit the content of their own post in situ on the front page for an hour. Therefore, please don’t quote the author immediately but wait one hour.

Poor grammar, misspelling or typos can be altered at any time without explanation but any change of content after one hour is discouraged and would be accompanied by an explanation as to why it was changed.

The exception is a live blog.


All reasonable effort is made to track down the owners of images and to embed them [or footnotes] with urls. If we’re notified an image is copyright, then when the notifier can prove it is his/hers, we’ll take down immediately if requested.

Any attempt at extortion of money is met with Arkell v Pressdram.   The law of this country places an obligation on the complainant to give a “reasonable time” to take down.

At N.O., we see that “reasonable time” as 24 hours.


The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) indicates that new cookie compliance rules came into force on 26th May, 2012. It indicates that implied consent is a valid form of consent and therefore Nourishing Obscurity would like readers/users to understand that using this site might result in cookies being used.

This article goes into it:

The EU’s new GDPR

This supercedes the cookies section and can be read here:

There is also a notice in the sidebar but other than that, no other notice is given nor posted on the front page. If you read this blog, be aware that necessary cookies are used.

Sub-judice and injunction

In the light of this news item on Feb 25th, 2016:

… and this site already up:

… a close reading shows that we are as bound by rules of sub judice and injunction as the MSM, also on matters of defamation and copyright. It’s also not enough for just admins and contributors to know it, readers too need to bear it in mind in comments.

If the admins feel we or a reader may have breached, we’ll delete the comment in question with an explanation and we can then argue it out from that position, rather than with it still up.

Having fulfilled our obligations on that, it remains to say that outside of statutory requirements of that nature and providing we are quite legal, attempts to suppress free speech at this blog will be met with the rejoinder in Arkell v Pressdram:

Further, any attempt at extortion or chantage will be met with the same reply.


James Higham

May 19th, 2011. Added to May 22nd, 2011. Modified August 3rd, 2011. Modified November 26th, 2011. Modified January 9th, 2012. Modified May 26th, 2012. Modified August 24th, 2012. Link added September 28th, 2012. Modified June 24th, 2013.  Modified July 22nd, 2013.   Modified February 10th, 2014. Modified June 18th, 2014.  Modified June 19th, 2014. Modified July 14th, 2014. Added to February 25th, 2016. Added to December 17th, 2017. Added to May 18th, 2018. Modified June 8th, 2018. Modified October 24th, 2019, adding a financial clause, plus change to cookie notice.

2 comments for “Posts, comments, privacy, cookies etc.

  1. July 23, 2013 at 04:23

    If you follow the “freedom of speech” argument to its illogical conclusion, you’d have to allow every piece of spam that anyone cares to post.

  2. July 23, 2013 at 06:09

    That’s right, Steve. It’s a fine line.

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