Keep it civil
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:
- ad hominem attacks
- responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
- knee-jerk contradiction
- typing in ALL CAPS — it makes your post difficult to read and is considered shouting.
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.
Always strive to add value to every interaction and discussion you participate in
The purpose of the comments function is to allow readers to post their opinions about the article. To register your opinion about other comments, use the provided buttons to up-vote or down-vote them. Comments that attack others are subject to moderation and removal, and may lead to being banned.
There are a lot of discussions that happen every day on HeadlineHealth.com. Before joining in a discussion, browse through some of the most recent and active discussions happening in the community, especially if you’re new there.
If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
Keep it tidy
Help make moderators’ lives easier by taking a moment to ensure that what you’re about to post is in the right place. That means:
- don’t post off-topic comments or discussions: check the Explore page to find the appropriate channel for your topic
- don’t cross-post the same thing multiple times
- review any specific posting guidelines for the community: some communities such as a movies community may have specific rules regarding spoilers.
- check if another active discussion on your topic has already been posted
When To Contact The Moderator
Moderators are at the forefront of combatting spam, mediating disputes and enforcing community guidelines and, so are you.
If you see an issue, contact the moderators if possible or flag any comments for review. If you believe someone has violated the Basic Rules, report it to Disqus by flagging the user’s profile.
Be sure your topic matches the general theme of the channel. For example, all discussions on Talk Shop should pertain to fashion and beauty. Not sure if you’re posting to the right channel? Check the channel’s About section, or recently-added discussions to get an idea of what subjects are appropriate.
No Self-promotion, No Links
A discussion or comment that contains a link to a blog, a product, or article on another site will almost always be removed.
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. This prohibition extends to misspelled and abbreviated vulgarities as well.
Don’t Be a Jerk
Personal attacks and harassment will not be tolerated. Offensive generalizations about groups of people are simply not allowed. Comments or discussions written intentionally to provoke or incite violence will also be removed.
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.
We currently only support English-only discussions on Disqus channels. Non-English comments and discussions will be removed.
If Your Post Was Removed or You Have Been Blocked
Reread this entire policy, which contains all reasons for removal. We do not respond to emails asking ‘why was my post removed.’ In extreme cases, or in the case that removing offending posts does not leading to changes in posting behavior, users may be blocked from making further posts.