Comment Policy

Hands on computer keyboard writing a comment.Comments are wel­comed and encour­aged on this site because we believe that informed dis­cus­sion is one of the best ways to learn. This Comment Policy explains what we are look­ing for in read­er com­ments, and how we pro­tect our read­ers who choose to com­ment. We reserve the right to mod­er­ate read­er posts, and to remove posts that do not com­ply with this policy.

1. What kinds of comments are you looking for?

We want artic­u­late, well-​informed com­ments, rel­ev­ant to the post. We wel­come your advice, cri­ti­cism and unique insights into the top­ics we dis­cuss. Comments deemed to be spam or ques­tion­able spam will be deleted. Including a link to rel­ev­ant con­tent is per­mit­ted, but com­ments should be rel­ev­ant to the post top­ic. Promotional links are not accep­ted.

A few things we won’t tol­er­ate: per­son­al attacks, threats, obscen­ity, vul­gar­ity, pro­fan­ity (includ­ing explet­ives and let­ters fol­lowed by dashes), com­mer­cial pro­mo­tion, imper­son­a­tions, inco­her­ence and SHOUTING.

2. Why do you moderate readers comments?

Our goal is to provide an oppor­tun­ity for read­ers to dis­cuss the top­ics we address in our posts. Because our blog is inten­ded to be a learn­ing resource, we have cre­ated a safe space for dis­cus­sion by read­ers. By screen­ing sub­mis­sions, we enforce the safety of our site so that read­ers can feel secure ask­ing ques­tions and dis­cuss­ing tech­nic­al chal­lenges.

While most com­ments will be pos­ted if they are on-​topic and not abus­ive, mod­er­at­ing decisions are sub­ject­ive. We will make them as care­fully and con­sist­ently as we can. We can­not review indi­vidu­al mod­er­a­tion decisions with read­ers and gen­er­ally can­not alter a com­ment once it is pos­ted.

3. How do I post a comment?

If you are writ­ing a com­ment, please be thought­ful, civil and artic­u­late. In the vast major­ity of cases, we only accept com­ments writ­ten in English; for­eign lan­guage com­ments will be rejec­ted.

We use Disqus as our com­ment­ing engine. We ask you to register with Disqus to ensure that you are a “real” per­son and that you accept our terms and con­di­tions. The regis­tra­tion pro­cess serves to facil­it­ate the devel­op­ment of our online com­munity and ensure that mem­bers take respons­ib­il­ity for their writ­ings.

If you are already a Disqus user, all you need to do is log in to Disqus, and then write your com­ment.

4. When and where will my comment be displayed?

Since com­ments are mod­er­ated, they do not appear on the site until they have been approved. Comments are dis­played dir­ectly below the rel­ev­ant blog post.

5. What about criticism of MachinerySafety101​.com?

We wel­come strong opin­ions and cri­ti­cism of our work and do not hes­it­ate to approve crit­ic­al com­ments. However, per­son­al attacks against our staff will not be per­mit­ted, and any cri­ti­cism should relate to the art­icle in ques­tion. Generally, we will not allow com­ments to become bogged down with dis­cus­sions of our mod­er­a­tion policies, and we will mod­er­ate accord­ingly.