Our Comment Policy
We want you to feel at home when you post a comment here. We want everyone to feel at home posting comments here. We don’t know what your home is like, but we know how we expect people to behave when they visit ours. 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 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. It is okay to give us useful, constructive criticism. Spot a typo or an error? Let us know. You are totally able to disagree and voice your disagreement in the comment section. But while doing so, please try and at the very least demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom, and humor we know you have. "Drink Bleach" or "Die Scum" are not useful comments. And please... Don’t feed the trolls. You wouldn’t dive into a debate with an ill-informed, nonsense talking dote for the heck of it. And you definitely wouldn’t feed him. So don't do so here.
Downvote and flag comments instead.
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:
- Promoting your own brand, product, or blog. So you’ve got a cool anti-flat earth blog somewhere? Awesome. You don't need to promote it here. If you didn't notice, go look on your blog and when I promote myself there, then you can come here and drop your links. Problem is, you won't find me promoting myself on other blogs. So, don't go pretending you are some authority on anything okay Elon Musk?
- Impersonating authors or other commenters. We can’t believe we have to say this, but: Don’t do that. It’s weird. And lying and cheating.
- Comments that make it clear you didn’t read the article. Enraged that we didn’t mention X in a story about Y? Slow down, Speedy McGloberson. If you’d made it past paragraph two, you’d see a very well thought-out debunking of that X you hold so dear.
- Comments that are completely out in left field. 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. Don't do it. Just don't.
- Threats — no matter how vague — against the author or other commenters. Things can get heated. Before you casually mention your foe’s home address, remember we are all humans.
- Racism, sexism, homophobia, you get the drift. Call us the Police, fine, but don’t say we didn’t warn you when you get tased. **And by tased, we mean banned or deleted. jeranism has not — and will not — ever own a taser, and even if we had one, we'd forget to charge it so it wouldn't work when needed.
- Trolling. If you’re a climate change pusher or someone who thinks you have the right to tell me to vaccinate my kids or you are just out for a good trolling and are not contributing meaningfully to the conversation, we’ll be pushing you back under the bridge.
Questions? Hey try and leave a comment. (See rules above)