We want you to feel at home when you post a comment on any forum on our site. We don’t know what your home is like, but we know how we expect people to behave when they visit ours. That’s why we reserve the right to delete comments and ban users as needed to keep the comment threads here relevant and civil.
Our No. 1 house rule is simple: Don’t be a muppet.
Want to be the kind of commenter we’d love to invite over for a Sunday barby? Here’s what we like to see in comments:
- Weigh in with smart, informed ideas that contribute further to the article.
- Give us useful, constructive criticism. Spot a typo or an error? Let us know and we will correct it.
- Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom, and humour we know you possess.
- Don’t feed the trolls. You wouldn’t dive into a debate with myuneducated, drunk Uncle Arthur just for the hell of it. Downvote and flag comments instead.
- Don’t copy and paste. If you didn’t write it, or haven’t properly cited the article you are sharing or quoting then don’t post it.
- We currently only support English only discussions on my posts. If it is not in English then it will be removed.
Although we can’t be everywhere at once, here are some of the kinds of comments we am going to do our best to prevent:
- Promoting your own brand, product, or blog. So you’ve got a WordPress Tool that can also Time Travel. Great. Send it through to me, you Elon Musk, you.
- Impersonating authors or other commenters. We can’t believe we have to say this, but: Don’t do that. That’s just seriously f#$ked up.
- Comments that make it clear you didn’t read the article. Enraged that we didn’t mention link building in a story about off-page SEO? Slow down Speedy Gonzalas. If you’d made it past paragraph two, you’d see a very well thought-out discussion of that link building 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 enemy’s home address, take a chill pill, think about the collective WordPress community, then kiss and make up. Okay… the kiss might be stretching it but seriously, build a bridge and get over it.
- Racism, sexism, homophobia, you get the drift… call us the PC Police, fine, but don’t say we didn’t warn you when we open a can of whoopass. And by ‘can of whoopass’, I mean banned or deleted. Please note… I have never, ever purchased a can of whoopass and if I ever did own a can of whoopass, it will be going straight to the pool room.
- Trolling. If you’re an ‘SEO is Dead’ or ‘WordPress isn’t true Web Design’ believer just out for a good trolling and are not contributing meaningfully to the conversation, we’ll be sending you back under the bridge.
The Team @ Virtual Web