We've had a few issues in the comments section of Bilerico sites lately, so it seems like a good time to remind everyone of our Terms of Service and our policy on comments. We print this on every page under the box where you type your comments. Please take a moment to review what it says.
We want to know your opinion on this issue! All comments from unregistered users are held for moderation. While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.
The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.
If you would like to let the editorial team know about a possible policy violation, please use the Contact Us link at the top of the page.
It is not our intent to discourage anyone from actively participating or arguing strongly for an issue or idea. We will not tolerate insults and smears, past grudges and/or blood feuds, or excuses that by responding in kind to someone else's poor behavior you are "helping us out." We want to encourage discussion and debate on the site, but not at the expense of basic civility.
More specific info after the jump.
Penalties for Violating TOS
Registered users will get two warnings before they lose the privilege of commenting without moderation on the site for two weeks. Once an account has been re-activated, there will be no further warnings for policy violation. Instead, the account will be turned off and banned from commenting on all Bilerico sites.
Unregistered users' comments that violate the Terms of Service will be deleted without warning. Repeat offenders will be banned from commenting on all Bilerico sites.
Help Us Out
We do our best to stop offensive and spam comments from publishing, but occasionally one will slip through. If so, please let us know! Send us an e-mail and we'll review the comment. Due to the high amount of messages we get every day, we can't guarantee that we'll be able to answer individual e-mails, but we read every one.
The Spirit of Bilerico
Your opinion is always welcome. Free speech is an integral part of human rights, but, as in life, there are reasonable limits. We encourage readers to argue the merits of a post's content, but personal attacks don't advance any debate.
The Bilerico Project was purposefully structured to bring you points of views that will challenge or inspire you. Our community is deep and diverse; our communication should match that standard as well. Some things you'll agree with, but you'll actively oppose others. That's fine. Tell us why.
We simply ask that chips be taken off shoulders before you enter.