Community Guidelines

These are the community guidelines for and are intended to facilitate an understanding on the ettiquitte expected of those who comment and participate in site activities.

As a general overview, feedback and civil discussions are welcome. Please treat others as you’d like to be treated.

Add Value to a Discussion

Before posting, please ask yourself if what you’re about to say adds value. Some helpful questions to consider:

  • Is it relevant to the topic?
  • Is this useful, constructive criticism?
  • Have others already asked or said the same thing?
  • If you did a quick internet search, could you find the answer to your question already out there?

Don’t be a Jerk

People have different viewpoints and differing opinions on many topics, which is good. Open discussion is a great way to circulate your views and be exposed to the different views of others. Who knows, we may all just learn something.

Please be respectful and civil; remember to criticize ideas, not people. Remember to avoid:

  • Hate speech and intolerance
  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction
  • Cross-posting the same thing multiple times

Comments that are judged to be hateful, inflammatory, or harassing may be removed. Like my mother always said: if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

In addition, if a comment is way off-topic, clearly demonstrates that the poster did not read the article, or is obviously trolling then it is likely to be removed. Extreme and/or repeat cases may warrant futher actions.

Moderation of Comments

If your comment does not immediately appear on the site after posting, it may have been flagged for review. There are several things which may cause a comment to be flagged; please keep that in mind before resubmitting the comment multiple times or contacting us about it.

  • Use of any of the hate-speech and/or slurs that are blacklisted will automatically flag a comment so it won’t appear on our site. Sometimes these words are false-positives; these comments will be approved by a moderator when appropriate.
  • Using a Disqus account without a verified email address will automatically flag a comment.
  • Comments can also be flagged for review by other readers (please do not abuse this option for others that you simply disagree with, it makes moderation much more difficult).
  • Sometimes things just get auto-flagged and we don’t know why.

Beyond Moderation

Though we strive to welcome everyone, sometimes, people must be banned for the good of the community. The following actions may result in a ban:

  • Personal attacks of any kind
  • Threats against the author, moderators, or another reader, no matter how vague
  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of intolerance
  • Anything that can reasonably be considered spam
  • Impersonating authors, moderators, and other readers
  • It is at the moderators’ discretion to ban anyone whom they determine to be a detriment to the atmosphere of the comments section, the site in general, and other readers

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions about our community guidelines, do not hesitate to contact us.