When it comes to interacting over the internet, anonymity often brings out the worst animal-spirits in people.
Keep it civil aka don’t be a jerk
We’re going to get into the thick of a lot of heated discussions and that’s okay. These discussions often entail topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately defend. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to remember to criticize ideas, not people.
Never go full retard and try and manipulate using phrases like “I’m just trying to get you to appeal to a broader audience so your web-traffic goes up.” Don’t be a manipulative emotional jerk. Remember, criticize ideas, not people. Failure to keep debates within the idea zone will get you blocked for making comments on this site quickly and without warning.
So, remember to avoid:
- ad hominem attacks
- Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
- knee-jerk contradiction
Strive to be an idea machine. Come up with ideas that add to a conversation. Don’t be a jerk who only knows how to trash other peoples ideas but never has any of his own.
Comments that we find to be hateful, inflammatory, or harassing may be removed. If you don’t have something nice to say about another user, don’t say it. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.
Always strive to add value to every interaction and discussion you participate in
If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
Don’t try and be clever with vanity spam either. “Great article I really like”, with your search keywords stuffed into the name field and with a link back to your website. No links back to websites are allowed. No users with names that are keywords meant to manipulate the search engines are allowed. Honest people with honest ideas are what we allow.
Keep it tidy
- don’t post off-topic comments or discussions
- don’t cross-post the same thing multiple times