My Number 1 house rule is simple: Don't be a jerk.
Want to be the kind of commenter I'd love to bring home to Thanksgiving dinner? 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 we know you possess.
Don't feed the trolls.
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. So you've got a blockchain service that everyone should use. Great.... Rolls Eyes
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 I didn't mention X in a story about Y? Slow down, Speedy Gonzales. 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.
Racism, sexism, homophobia, you get the drift. Call us the PC Police, fine, but don't say I didn't warn you when you get tased. **And by tased, we mean banned or deleted.
Trolling. If you're a flat-Earther just out for a good trolling and are not contributing meaningfully to the conversation, I'll be pushing you back under the bridge.