Commenting guidelines

Respect each other

Like any online community, we're a group of people with a range of experiences and beliefs, many of which may differ from your own.


If you've contributed to the conversation and someone else replies to your thread, you'll be notified by email. You can choose to switch these emails off in your member account settings, under email preferences.

Share your name and something about you

When you publish your first comment on this site, you'll be prompted to complete a member profile, with your name and expertise. You can also update this any time.

"Expertise" is the word used by the web platform internally, but don't worry about that. It's just an extra line with which we can identify ourselves.

Stay on topic, and share your sources

  • When linking to things, link to trustworthy sources to support your comments
  • Only share links to your own content when it directly adds to the conversation. Please don't spam. Nobody likes spam

Keep it constructive and kind

Constructive contributions are the best. If you have knowledge that places the topic of the post in a new light, or if you have feedback about the subject matter — it's best shared in a way that helps everyone feel like this is a space where new ideas are respected and valued.

With every comment you make, you add to the dialogue. Many people may read your words and use them to shape their ideas and feelings about a topic, event, or person. Employ that influence wisely. Move the collective conversation forward, and invite others to follow your lead.

Flag inappropriate interactions

As a member, you can help maintain a safe space by reporting any behaviour that goes against these guidelines.

If you see someone being rude or combative in the comments section, flag it. All you need to do is click the three dots next to the inappropriate comment, and then click Report comment. I take these reports seriously.