Commenting Rules

I'd like to define a few rules on commenting to blog posts on this site, that I believe are important.

We’re going to get into the thick of a lot of heated discussions and that’s okay. These discussions often entail topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately defend. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to remember to: 

Criticize ideas, not people. 

 So, remember to avoid:

  • name-calling
  • ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.

Comments that we find to be hateful, inflammatory, or harassing may be removed. If you don’t have something nice to say about another user, don't say it. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

Always strive to add value to every interaction and discussion you participate in.

There are a lot of discussions that happen every day on Disqus. Before joining in a discussion, browse through some of the most recent and active discussions happening in the community, especially if you’re new here.

 If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

Keep it tidy.

Help make moderators’ lives easier by taking a moment to ensure that what you’re about to post is in the right place. That means:

  • don’t post off-topic comments or discussions
  • don’t cross-post the same thing multiple times
  • check if another active discussion on your topic has already been posted

If you see something, say something.

Moderators (that's me for the moment) are at the forefront of combatting spam, mediating disputes and enforcing community guidelines and, so are you. 

 If you see an issue, contact me if possible or flag any comments for review.

If you believe someone has violated these Basic Rules you may also report it to the Disqus community by flagging the user's profile.

Stay On-topic

Be sure your topic matches the general theme of my website.

No Self-promotion

A discussion or comment that contains only a link to your blog, a product, or your article on another site will almost always 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.

Don’t Copy and Paste

If you didn’t write it or haven’t properly cited the article you’re quoting, don’t post it.

English Only

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

Thank you very much,

Andrea



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