The Propagandist Magazine's Comment Policy
As The Propagandist magazine's readership has grown, so has the discussion in the Comments section at the end of each article. We love engaging wth our readers and hosting conversations about our articles.
(See that "Add new comment" link? Go ahead and click it. Add a comment. You know you want to).
Unfortunately, along with the responsible commenters, we're seeing more than our fair share of abusive and defamatory comments by Trolls (Well, mostly one persistent and obsessive Troll, actually). These sorts of comments get deleted. We're publicizing The Propagandist Magazine's Comment Policy to cut down a bit on our own administration time and deter more Trolls from taking up residence here.
One last note before we go over the finer details of our Comment Policy: We reserve the right to not publish any comment left by Anonymous cowards. At least have the common decency to come up with a fake name and email address.
We've adapted our own Comment Policy very lightly from the one used by the Huffington Post. If you've got a probelm with our policy, take it up with HP.
The Propagandist Magazine's Comment Policy
(I) The Propagandist welcomes all users to join our community and to comment and treats all members of the community equally.
We do not discriminate based on the person who is posting, and we never censor comments for political or ideological reasons. We never delete an appropriate comment because we disagree with its viewpoint or ideology, and we never publish an inappropriate comment because we agree with or support its viewpoint or ideology.
(II) We want the Propagandist to be home to open, transparent conversations in which people connect, discuss, share ideas, and debate the issues.
This can sometimes lead to frustration, anger, hyperbole, or the use of biting humor. Courtesy can vanish, manners abandoned. As a community dedicated to being open and transparent and committed to fostering a vibrant discussion of the issues of the day, we can tolerate this.
We also allow a reasonable level of profanity. But our commitment to a basically civil tone means we do not allow extravagant or superfluous profanity or speech that is otherwise vile. We use our common-sense judgment to discern between the two and err on the side of openness and transparency.
In this area especially, we defer to the flags left by our users in the context of our growing community reputation system.
(III) We are also committed to maintaining a non-toxic atmosphere.
As such, we do not allow hate speech, nor do we allow speech that advocates or supports hatred or unlawful violence. We do not allow racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, or other intolerance. Likewise, threats of violence or threats to anyone or any group's personal safety are not acceptable. We also do not allow false claims or misleading implications that any individual or group perpetuates hate or unlawful violence.
We do not allow comments that criticize others based on physical appearances or mental characteristics. We do not allow comments that celebrate the death, illness, or personal loss of any person.
We also do not allow the promotion and propagation of conspiracy theories, including those about 9/11.
(IV) In order to preserve a functional and civil conversation, we do not allow trolls, trollish behavior, or stalking.
We do not allow speech that is solely intended to provoke other users, to cause disorder or confusion, or to inhibit regular, on-topic conversation.
We also do not tolerate stalking. This includes posting personal information about another community member, pursuing another member from thread to thread in an attempt to harass, deliberately misquoting or lying about another member, copying a username in order to embarrass or harass another member, or unwelcome sexual advances toward another member. In addition, we do not tolerate lying about being a staff moderator or about communications with a staff moderator.
(V) Members of The Propagandist community deserve to be free from spam, and we do not allow posting the same comment multiple times within one thread or on multiple threads.
We also delete all comments containing business solicitations or other advertising of personal interests, blogs, or websites. (A link to a personal blog is fine.)
Spam includes comments that are off-topic. If off-topic conversation inhibits or prevents on-topic conversation, we consider it comment hijacking, and do not allow it. That said, we understand that The Propagandist's comment threads aren't just about content. They're also about conversation. And in natural conversation, people exchange pleasantries, greetings, congratulations, praise, and other social gestures. So we err on the side of facilitating an open conversation, even when that means permitting limited off-topic comments and conversation. Also in this area especially, we defer to the flags left by our users in the context of our growing community reputation system.