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.