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Our goal is to foster a discussion filled with substantive information, insights, humorous observations and relevant personal experiences — comments that others would want to read. Here are some rules to help make this work.
No junk comments
Your comment should be a meaningful response to the issue raised in the post. Take some time when writing a comment.
Stay on topic
Read the full post before commenting.
Read other people’s comments before posting
See what’s already been said before adding your piece. If you just skim to the end and make your response, chances are you may end up repeating what’s already been said in the conversation. The comments should be a dialog between correspondents.
Avoid blaming the poster or victim or commenting only to be negative
Please, suggest alternate courses of action or add important information that might help others or that we missed. Don’t attack people. Assume good faith. Tipsters need help, not ridicule.
No sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia or hatred
That should be clear enough.
No flame wars
Remember. It’s about having a conversation.
Make it readable
Go easy on the caps and exclamation points.
If you post about a company you work for, or that pays you in some way, you must disclose this relationship in your comment.
Commentators are not moderators
If you see a commentator violating these rules, email firstname.lastname@example.org — posting only to point out someone is breaking the rules is distracting and unnecessary.
What happens if I break these rules?
You may be banned or your comment removed. If you feel your ban is unwarranted, email your appeal to email@example.com and we’ll see if we can work it out.