The number and quality of comments on Venture Hacks is steadily increasing. This is most awesome; we really like comments. Thanks for commenting and please keep ’em coming. We read and moderate every one.
So prospective contributors don’t have to comment into a black hole, we’ve adapted these moderation guidelines from Edward Tufte‘s epic thread on Moderating internet forums:
- Accept comments with good spelling, grammar, and formatting; that advance the quality of the discussion; and are civil. Focus on the quality of the discussion for the reader—whether a comment agrees or disagrees with us is irrelevant (of course).
- Silently and lightly correct minor spelling errors, punctuation errors, or poor formatting in otherwise good comments.
- Let the quality of the posts and existing comments serve as a standard for new comments.
- Don’t accept partially meritorious comments if the overall effect of the comment is to lower the quality of the discussion.
- Quickly make final decisions about whether we’re going to accept a comment.
- Delete accepted comments if we later decide they don’t advance the quality of the discussion.
- Try to follow these guidelines when we write posts on Venture Hacks or comment on other sites.
- Thank commenters and highlight good comments.
What do you think? Are we missing anything?
Related: Edward Tufte’s Moderating internet forums.