DISCUSSION POLICY

Last updated November 24, 2018

We want you to feel at home when you post a comment on our articles. We want everyone to feel at home posting comments on the website. That’s why we reserve the right to delete comments and ban users as needed to keep the comment threads here civil and substantive. Our No. 1 house rule is simple: Don’t be a jerk.

Here’s what we like to see in comments:

  • Weigh in with smart, informed ideas that contribute further to the story.

  • Give us useful, constructive criticism. Spot a typo or an error? Let us know and we will correct it.

  • Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom, and humor we know you possess.

Although we can’t be everywhere at once, here are some of the kinds of comments we’re going to do our best to curtail:

Stay On-topic

Be sure your topic matches the general subject of the article. Comments that are completely out of left field will be removed. Sometimes discussions veer off a bit, but are still related to the original subject. That is fine. Hijacking the conversation to promote off-topic commentary is not. Comments that make it clear you didn’t read the article will also be removed.

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. Promoting your own brand, product, or blog is not appropriate.

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. Threats — no matter how vague — against the author or other commenters will be removed.

Trolling

If you’re a climate denier just out for a good trolling and are not contributing meaningfully to the conversation, we’ll be pushing you back under the bridge.

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 and French Only

We currently only support English and French discussions on our Disqus channels. Comments and discussions not in English or French will be removed.