Commenting Policy

We want On The Left to be a pretty friendly place where people can have a lively exchange of ideas. We don’t want nasty shouting matches, circular derailings, grudgewank, or trolling.

The final decision on whether your comment is published, in whole or in part, is up to the moderators.

A few rules to keep things pleasant are below.

No pointless abuse

Criticise people’s ideas and actions. This includes our political enemies as well as our allies.

No doxing, no intimidation

Use the screennames people have chosen to identify themselves by. Do not mention people’s legal names, addresses, employers, or family unless they have introduced them into the conversation. Do not speculate on the identities of pseudonymous authors and commenters.

No slurs or hate speech

Your argument will not be weakened by taking a few moments before you hit “send” to consider whether your language is hurtful or perpetuates stereotypes and bigotry towards marginalized people. This includes but is not limited to: sexism, racism, ableism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, whorephobia.

Top tips for great comments

  • Link to your sources
  • Back up your statements
  • Remember sarcasm doesn’t carry well in text
  • Google stuff you don’t know
  • Be open to learning – if you used a word and didn’t know it was an awful anti-Semitic dogwhistle, now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

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