That, most important, statement out of the way, here’s more you should know whether you’re a regular commenter or new to the site or Facebook group.
If your comment does not immediately appear on the site after posting, it may have been flagged for review. There are a number of things which will get your comment flagged for review, we ask that you please keep that in mind before resubmitting the comment multiple times or contacting us about it.
- We enjoy curse words but generally find slurs unacceptable. Sometimes these words are used as part of a good discussion, or we will leave them up to make an example out of you.
- Comments can also be flagged for review by our readership (please do not abuse this option for other users you simply disagree with, it makes our moderater’s jobs a lot harder).
Here are some things which will get your comment deleted.
- Duplicative posts. Think you’re the only one who posted that democraticunderground.com link? You’re not. No one wants to see the same thing over and over again. Don’t take it personal. Someone beat you to it.
- Fake news. We have a policy against it. Read up on it.
- Personal attacks against another commenter or the writer of the post/website. This can run from name calling to sentences which include the words “people like you” or statements which begin “I bet you” or “you must/probably” etc. This is regardless of what “side” you’re on.
- Jokes or aggressive negative comments on the aesthetic appearance of a person (commenters, writers, and folks mentioned in an article alike).
- Hate speech or other clearly intentional jerk behavior. This includes, but is not limited to: the use of the word feminazi or a comments which denigrates women, feminism or feminists, the LGBTQ community; broad imprecations or assumptions based on race; and anything that amounts to “ugh the gays,” “ugh liberals,” “ugh, fangirls,” etc.
Here are some things which will get your account banned.
- Engaging in any of the previously mentioned delete-worthy behaviors consistently and as part of a clear pattern OR presenting a particularly egregious example of one of those behaviors as a first comment (New to the site? Stopped by just to say something horrible? We don’t need you here.) We normally give one warning to a user before banning unless a pattern of behavior is clear. However, if a user commits one of these behaviors as their very first comment, we’ll skip that step. Disqus grants us the ability to see a commenter’s patterns of behavior on other Disqus-enabled sites as well, and we do not hesitate to consider behavior on other sites when determining whether to ban.
- It is at the editors’ discretion to ban anyone whom they determine to be a detriment to the atmosphere of the comments section, the site in general, and our regular readers.
There will be some who look at these rules and think that the moderators of Bros4America have too much power to shut down conversations. We have two responses to this.
First: It’s our site, we get to make the rules. We’re not taking away your freedom of speech by deleting/banning you. You can take your anger elsewhere, we don’t want it. And, from a legal perspective, your constitutional rights don’t apply to non-government actors. We are not the government, so fuck off.
We foster interesting, free discussion for all our members, not just the loudest, most assertive, scariest ones. You can be a poor conversationalist, present a different viewpoint, or talk loudly and brashly. Nobody likes you, but feel free. That being said, if you threaten, insult, derail, use slurs or epithets, we reserve the right to show you the door, and yes, silence you.
Not today, Satan.
Second: We ask everybody who comes to Bros4America to remember that conversations require listening as well as speaking. And we are firm believers in the fact that banning a commenter only prevents them from speaking, not from listening.
A note to our regular readers:
We love you! Bros4America wouldn’t be what it is without your awesome support. As we mentioned above, flagging comments which violate our policy is a great help but please take this responsibility seriously. Flagging a user who isn’t really causing trouble but who you personally feel is just being obtuse is not a good use of this power. Also, engaging with users who are clearly trolls may be fun for some of you but causes us larger headaches (especially with overly large threads). Flag and move on.