Guidelines for Participating in the Discussions

Types of Comments We Are Hoping For:

  • Examples of problems and solutions discussed in particular posts,
  • Work of others who have addressed similar or related issues (though, perhaps using very different terminology),
  • Alternative ways of addressing similar problems to those we have dicussed (participants should feel free to cite their own work),
  • Asking questions, requesting clarification, and warning about possible misunderstandings,
  • Identifying individuals and organizations working in a particular area, and
  • Offering constructive criticisms
  • Suggesting other topics that should be addressed.

Comment Groundrules: 

When considering what to put as groundrules for our discussions, I happened to read the New York Times guidelines* to its readers on the same topic.  They seemed very well formulated and appropriate for our use as well, so we are borrowing them, with minor changes as noted below.  

"Our standards for taste are reflected in the articles we publish on [BI and in the MOOS] --we expect your comments to follow that example. A few things we won't tolerate: personal [or group] attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence and SHOUTING."* A few additions we would make would be off-topic comments, incendiary comments, and requests for assistance on personal issues.

*Copied from the New York Times Help Section on Comments.  Accessed Sept 26, 2016.