At NonProphet Status, we value free speech and a thriving public discourse. The latter, however, doesn’t always appear in comment sections. One of our most important aims is to foster a collaborative and curious environment, and our comment section is an extension of that. Accordingly, we ask our commenters to abide by the following rules:
- Be kind, be generous, and be charitable in how you read pieces and comments. Disagreement is just as much a chance to learn more and grow your understanding of other viewpoints as it is a chance to win a debate.
- Absolutely no racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or any other form of bigotry—even if you think you’re being funny or ironic. If you think we’ve ignored an instance of bigotry, please refrain from attacking the person and contact a moderator.
- No personal attacks on writers or other commenters. Not everyone will like everything that’s posted, and that’s okay! We know we’re going to mess up sometimes. But when we do, we expect readers to respond with charitable criticism of our work grounded in mutual respect.
- Please comment from a constructive place and try to stay on topic. Don’t come trying to pick a fight, vent about your particular hobby horse, or bash religion. That is not to say there is no room for religious criticism (many of us are ex-fundamentalists), but if all you’ve got to say is that religion is evil, stupid, or the Jim Crow South to our March to Montgomery, that’s not exactly a very well-developed take on the world. Please keep it off our blog.
- When engaging in criticism, please keep in mind Daniel Dennett’s excellent guidelines for critical commentary. We’ll try to do the same. Don’t feel shy about gently calling us out if we fall short.
We reserve the right to moderate comments as we see fit, and there is no understanding of freedom of speech in the world that gives you the right to have your comments hosted at the bottom of our posts. You may publish your thoughts at your personal blog, Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Tumblr, Medium, or anywhere else, really. Outlets like The Pacific Standard or Popular Science have banned comments, and we find their arguments compelling. We’re not ready to give up on them just yet, though, so help make our experiment a success.