Comments Policy

Stay On-topic

Be sure your topic matches the general theme of the article you are commenting on. For example: don’t comment on an article about poverty by talking about who won in the football.

No Self-promotion

A discussion or comment that contains only a link to your blog, a product, or your 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.

Keep It Civil And Respectful

Personal attacks and harassment will not be tolerated. Sexist, racist, misogynist, homophobic, and broad, offensive generalizations about groups of people are simply not allowed. Comments or discussions written intentionally to provoke 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.

Adding Links

Comments containing links will be reviewed before appearing in our comments section, so think carefully about linking to other sites and whether it adds substance to your comment or is just an unwanted distraction.

Media Files

The uploading of media files, such as photos and youtube videos, is permitted but must respect the owner’s copyright and should adhere to all the terms above.

If You See Something, Say Something

Moderators are at the forefront of combatting spam, mediating disputes and enforcing community guidelines and, so are you.

If you see an issue, contact us at 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.

The Boring Stuff

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This comments policy was last updated on 7 July 2018.