Writerful Books have modified a set of universal guidelines from what we believe our community can benefit from and moderators can adopt. Our goal is to ensure that these set of guidelines are easy to understand and widely applicable to any community on Disqus. It’s not meant to be comprehensive, rather focusing on the most commonly shared principles we believe are critical for setting a foundation in a community to enable it to thrive.
Keep it polite and intelligent..
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.
So, remember to please avoid:
► Insults and offensive language
► Ad hominem and strawman attacks
► Logical fallacies and argumentum ad nauseam
► Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
► Knee-jerk reactions
Comments that we find to be hateful, inflammatory, or harassing may be removed immediately. 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 discussion you participate in..
There are a lot of discussions that happen every day on Disqus. Before joining in a discussion, browse through some of the most recent and active discussions happening in the community, especially if you’re new there.
If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
Keep it simple..
Help make moderators’ lives easier by taking a moment to ensure that what you’re about to post is in the right place. That means:
► Don’t post off-topic comments: check the Explore page to find the appropriate channel for your topic
► Don’t cross-post the same thing multiple times
► Review any posting guidelines for the community: some communities may have rules regarding spoilers.
► Check if another active discussion on your topic has already been posted
If you see something, say something..
Moderators are at the forefront of combatting spam, mediating disputes and enforcing community guidelines and, so are you.
Be sure your topic matches the general theme of the channel. For example, all discussions on Talk Shop should pertain to fashion and beauty. Not sure if you’re posting to the right channel? Check the channel’s About section, or recently added discussions to get an idea of what subjects are appropriate.
No Shameless Self-Promotion!
A discussion or comment that is simply a blatant advertisement for your blog or website, a product / service, or an unrelated article on another site will be removed. Timely and useful articles are generally allowed.
Choose Your Words Wisely!
Comments that contain profanity are automatically held for moderator review before being posted. Depending on the context of the comment, it may be removed. Profanity used to insult, antagonize, or inflame will always be removed.
Don’t Be a Troll!
Personal attacks and harassment will not be tolerated. Sexist, racist, misogynist, homophobic, and broad, offensive generalizations about groups of people are simply not allowed. Comments or discussions written intentionally to provoke will also be removed.
Don’t Copy and Paste!
If you didn’t write it, or haven’t properly cited the article you’re quoting, don’t post it.
We currently only support English-only discussions on Disqus channels. Non-English comments and discussions will be removed.