Comment Policy

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

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.