Here at Poor Richard’s News, we love our commenting community.  We encourage the spirited exchange of ideas. However, please know that profanity and personal attacks on the writers of this blog as well as other commenters are simply not tolerated. We have no use for such things around here. Failure to adhere to these very basic rules will result in being permanently banned from the discussion.

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  1. Profanity. If you can’t figure out how to say what you want to say without profanity, it probably doesn’t belong here. If you simply must use profanity, please self censor by using characters like ***** or @#$%.  We’re all smart enough to figure out what you’re trying to say.
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  5. COMMENTS IN ALL CAPS. It’s annoying. Don’t do it.
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If you see a comment that falls outside these guidelines on our site, please flag it for moderation. The comment may not disappear immediately, but we will get a notification and look it over.  Please do not flag comments for moderation simply because you disagree with them; doing this will most likely get you banned from the community, not the other way around.

Any comments containing hyperlinks are automatically flagged for moderation and have to be manually approved before they appear on the site.  Please note that hyperlinks from the following websites may not be approved:

  • Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Media Matters, Slate, Salon, Rolling Stone, Think Progress, Planned Parenthood, Snopes, Politifact, and other websites with a long, well-documented history of leftist bias. Snopes and Politifact are particularly annoying because they masquerade as “fact check” websites, but have taken to simply promoting one side of political issues. We have no interest in giving these websites our business.  If you really value the information one of those sites is promoting, try to find their sources and post a link to that instead. We might occasionally make exceptions (if there’s a story at one source that seems important or relevant to the discussion), but those will be individually evaluated and are not to be expected.

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Best practices:

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  • Disagree without getting nasty
  • Be concise
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