Laying Out a Comments Policy

By Chris Mooney | June 4, 2009 8:25 am

While we encourage and appreciate commentary from readers, we cannot allow the tenor of dialogue to be lowered or debased, or for one individual to ruin an otherwise constructive dialogue. Our general rule is that comments must be substantive and on topic, and must avoid profanity, personal attacks, and hectoring. It is for us to judge who has violated these principles; and if, after a warning, behavior doesn’t change, we reserve the right to moderate comments at our discretion.

Our policy is, in general, much the same as that of Carl Zimmer–”light but firm”–though he’s more eloquent. But the same basic principles apply. We are not responsible for any comments other than our own.

Thank you for reading and participating here at The Intersection.

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Comments (5)

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  1. Housekeeping Note | The Intersection | Discover Magazine | February 12, 2010
  1. For the public blog of the US EPA, we use a similar comment policy, and we moderate comments – meaning one person must read each comment, then approve or not approve accordingly. Comments moderating takes extra time but there is no automatic way to follow a comment policy.

  2. OneHandClapping

    Seriously? Did my other comment get deleted? Wow.

  3. Discover updated their server today, so there was a blackout period this morning when we probably missed some comments.

    We will be moderating all comments temporarily until we sort out settings. Thanks for your patience.

  4. For the public blog of the US EPA, we use a similar comment policy, and we moderate comments – meaning one person must read each comment, then approve or not approve accordingly. Comments moderating takes extra time but there is no automatic way to follow a comment policy

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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.

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