- inspiration for this list comes from, some of it is directly quoted. Credit where it is due and all that.


The idea here is to behave like you’re not hiding behind a computer screen and keyboard, so don’t go starting trouble. Sane/civil discourse is okay(At ONLY MY discretion), debates are fine. But would you go to someone’s house and argue with them? No. If you would, you’re not welcome here anyway. Please be civil, and treat people with the respect you’d like to have in your own home. Thanks y’all, I will comment and respond as much and as often as time allows. Any questions directed at me should also be sent to to make sure I see them, if I do, I will answer to the best of my abilities. 

My No. 1 house rule is simple: Don’t be a jerk.


Want to be the kind of commenter we’d all love to hang with?

Here’s what I'd like to see in comments:

  • Comment on things that will further the story, give us new insights, or help explain/clarify a muddy point.

  • Give us useful, constructive criticism. Spot a typo or an error? Let me know and I will correct it.

  • Don’t feed the trolls. TROLL - Someone who starts an argument with no dog in the fight, or in other words, a troublemaker. Downvote and flag comments instead.

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 climate change solution that will simultaneously solve world poverty. Great. Send it through our contact form

  • Impersonating authors or other commenters. We can’t believe we 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 we didn’t mention X in a story about Y? Slow down, Speedy. 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, remember that can come with an arrest. It's called Doxing, and it's not cool, or legal.

  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, religious hatred, you get the drift. I don't care about your justification or reasoning. DO NOT say anything that could even remotely be considered racist. There is a time and place to voice your opinions on this subject, as we do live in a free country, but it ain't here hoss. Keep your ideals and opinions on these things out of the discussions, and off of my page. You will be banned if you do it once, no if ands or buts about it. I hate hate hate that I have to even say this. Just be a good human being.

  • Trolling, talking about politics,. If you’re a climate denier, racist, Trump/Hillary hater/lover or just political troublemaker, just out for a good trolling and are not contributing meaningfully to the conversation, we’ll be pushing you back under the bridge. Unless specifically mentioned, there is no need and I don't care.

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