I want you to feel at home when you post a comment on Presblog. I want everyone to feel at home posting comments on Presblog. We don’t know what your home is like, but I know how I expect people to behave when they visit mine. That’s why I reserve the right to delete comments and ban users as needed to keep the comment threads here civil and substantive.
My No. 1 house rule is simple: Don’t be a jerk.
Want to be the kind of commenter I’d love to take to the pub for a pint? Here’s what I 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 me know and I will correct it.
- Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom, and humor I know you possess.
- Don’t feed the trolls. You wouldn’t dive into a debate with my ill-informed, weird uncle Gary* just for the sake of it. Just report anything that’s remotely unacceptable and I’ll deal with it.
Although I can’t be everywhere at once, here are some of the kinds of comments I’m going to do my best to curtail:
- Promoting your own brand, product, or blog. Links to sites that are covering the things the blog is covering is OK.
- Impersonating authors or other commenters. I can’t believe I have to say this, but: Don’t do that. It’s weird.
- 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 McFingerson. If you’d made it past paragraph two, you’d see a very well thought-out discussion of that X you hold so dear.
- Comments that are completely out of 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.
- Threats — no matter how vague — against the author or other commenters. Things can get heated. Before you casually mention your foe’s home address, think of your Mother Earth. (Bonus points if you never use the phrase “Mother Earth.”)
- Racism, sexism, homophobia, you get the drift. Call me the PC Police, fine, but don’t say we didn’t warn you when you get banned or deleted.
- Trolling. If you’re a Callum Precious type of person (just out for a good trolling and are not contributing meaningfully to the conversation), I’ll be pushing you back under the bridge.
* I don’t have a weird uncle Gary.