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Comment Policy

Subject to change over time

Some rules I expect people to abide by

I’m a pretty lax guy when it comes to things but there are things that should never be tolerated. I want people to share their ideas and have those ideas criticized, such ideas could then evolve and improve. I do not want to see people hating on others for any reason, it’s simply uncalled for.

There could be some redundancy. ;)

The main things

  • Don’t be an asshole, you’re more evolved than that. ;)
  • Sharing links with no context will just result in them being deleted and might not ever appear on the site.

Keep it civil aka don’t be a jerk

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.
  • knee-jerk contradiction

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.

Stay On-topic

Be sure your topic matches the general theme of the post. For example, all discussions on a particular post should be about that post. Not sure if you’re posting to the right post? Check the post’s title and body to get an idea of what subjects are appropriate.

No Advertising

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. I don’t do it and neither should you. Please mention something about the site to give viewers some idea before clicking the link. In the days where a bad link can lead to some very nasty malware, I need you to help us keep everyone safe, k?

Links to ecommerse sites to anywhere but Amazon, Google Play, or Ebay is likely to be deleted.

Links to blogs is fine with context, a one-liner isn’t enough. Give me something more. Like, what it’s about and what you do on it. A link to a relevant post that could compliment mine is welcome. Just try not to make it appear like a bot wrote it. :)

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. Potty mouths may be censored at mod’s discretion.

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. I will block you without warning.

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. I’m a big fan of original ideas, at least put some effort in changing it up a bit to make it more personal.

English Only

We currently only support English-only discussions on Disqus channels. Non-English comments and discussions will be removed. It’s only coincidental that this site is run by one man who only speaks English, I need to be able to read what you wrote without resorting to Google Translate. :)