Whether today is your first day reading the site or you’ve been reading it since day one, you don’t have the right to troll, to name call, to get off topic or, the worst offense, to bore.
We take commenting very seriously, because we believe strongly that what we write is only half the story, the other half, often the more important half, is how you react and the discussion that ensues.
That is why we ban, sometimes without warning, people whose comments are pointless like: “First” or “Not news” or “Slow news day.”
It’s not because we think you’re being petty or insulting (both are true), but because of the larger offense, you’re off topic. When you comment we expect you to be commenting about the story at hand. Agree, disagree, we don’t really care, just do so intelligently and civilly.
And when the topic is something sensitive or heated don’t use that as an excuse to incite or stop thinking. I would rather ban the entire community than steer away from topics that may make someone angry. Believe me.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s a quick break down of how to comment:
Move the discussion forward: It’s fine if you want to agree with what is already being said, but you don’t really need to. You won’t get banned for it, but if you’re hoping to become a good commenter, try to contribute new information to the discussion.
Keep private private: Do not post information that you know to be confidential or sensitive or otherwise in breach of the law.
Think before you type: Remember that’s quite a soap box you’re standing on when you prepare to comment. We have a lot of readers, many of which will read what you have to say. That’s fantastic, but make sure you make it worth their time. Stop and reread what you’re going to say before you click on comment. Maybe give yourself a bit of time to cool down before responding.
Be courteous: No one respects a loud mouth or a name caller. No matter how right you are, if you deliver your intelligent discourse punctuated with name calling and four-letter words no one is going to take you seriously.
Don’t tease the trolls: They exist, we will try to stay on top of the issue and ban them when we find them, but don’t make the problem worse by responding or even acknowledging their existence, that just empowers them.
Banning: I take banning people very seriously. I know how important comment access is and I hate to remove it, but sometimes it’s necessary for the health of the commenting community. When someone has stepped over the line or maybe uncharacteristically broken a commenting rule we try and warn them. But remember, the second time is a ban.
Promote Smart Comments: We also are always on the look out for people who should be promoted. Click on the thumbs up. If you enjoy the comment. That’s a worthy goal to reach for.
Believe it or not, we don’t like banning people. And we certainly don’t ban people because they disagree with us. What fun would that be. I love to hear intelligent discussions about how wrong I am. But break the rules, get off topic, start calling names, and you’re going to get banned.
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