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I want to encourage commenting, so to be fair to everyone, I’m laying down some ground rules for my blog.

Keep It Civil

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.

Basically, don’t be a jerk and we’ll get along fine.

Personal attacks, hate speech, 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.

So, remember to avoid:

  • name-calling
  • ad hominem attacks
  • responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • knee-jerk contradiction

Golden rule: Treat others the way you’d like to be treated. If you don’t have something nice to say about another user, don’t say it.

ProTip: Always strive to add value to every interaction and discussion you participate in. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

Before joining in a discussion, browse through some of the most recent and active discussions happening in the community, especially if you’re new there.

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
  • review any specific posting guidelines for the community
  • check if another active discussion on your topic has already been posted

If you see something, say something. Moderators are at the forefront of combatting spam, mediating disputes and enforcing community guidelines and, so are you.

If you see an issue, contact the moderators if possible or flag any comments for review. If you believe someone has violated the Basic Rules, report it by flagging the user’s profile.

Stay On Topic

Be sure your topic matches the general theme of the channel.

Self-Promotion

If your link is truly useful to the conversation, and you happened to create the page, then you may post the link.

However, 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.

Profanity

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 Copy and Paste

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

If you have any recommendations for this policy, I’m happy to see them. Just send me an email or comment below.