AppleInsider's updated commenting guidelines
We really appreciate the vibrant, opinionated and intelligent community that contributes to AppleInsider's comment section, especially those of you who have been here for many years. As the site, and Apple's market, continues to grow, we've noticed that an increasing number of threads are hijacked and dragged off course by inflammatory or otherwise off-topic posts.
As a result, we're amplifying and clarifying the AppleInsider comment moderation guidelines.
In general, any comment that contributes something positive to the conversation is welcome, and those that don't will be purged without remorse. If you have to think if your post draft will be deleted after submission because of something you've written that may be in violation of the forum rules, then don't post it.
Equally enforced rules help to ensure that all our members have a positive and responsive experience on the forums. Repeat violators of any of these rules will find themselves subject to loss of posting privileges, after due warning.
These rules are to be considered part of the AppleInsider Forum Terms of Service. If you do not agree to these terms, then let us know and we will delete your account.
Moderators and forum administrators have the final say on any moderation decision, including the right to close, rename, or delete any thread, plus edit or delete any post, for any reason at any time. Any explanation from the AppleInsider moderation team is voluntary and may not be provided, even upon request.
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It is inappropriate to challenge or discuss ongoing moderation in a thread. A Private Message to a moderator is the proper method to discuss same.
- Sharing of unique perspectives, opinions, or insights based on your experience.
- Fact-based debates.
- Disagreement without trolling.
- Speculation on why Apple Park's main building is shaped like a spaceship, and not an apple, or similar musings surrounding Apple, compatible software and hardware, and big tech news items.
- Assisting other users with problems and troublesome tech issues.
- Listening to others' points of view, and having civil debates about them.
Posts in violation of any of the rules will be deleted. Replies to a deleted post will also likely be stricken, or edited, by moderating staff.
- Multiple accounts per user are not allowed, nor is making a new one after a ban. We already know which of you have created new accounts after a prior ban, and you're being grandfathered in -- but don't do it again, and don't repeat the crimes that got you banned in the first place.
- Denigrating a new user because of a low post-count isn't polite, and isn't allowed. As a reminder, your post count says nothing about the worth of your posts or value of your opinion.
- Do not complain about typos, timeliness, newsworthiness, how something is covered, or relevance to AppleInsider. If you see typos or grammar issues or have other complaints we do want to hear about them, but please email us (news at appleinsider dot com).
- Don't start personal flame-wars with other commenters or insult AppleInsider's editors for tone, bias, or how they chose to cover a story or feature.
- No piracy. Threads that share software or media illegally, explain how to pirate, solicit information on how to pirate, etc. will be removed. Jailbreaking is not equivalent piracy, nor is Bittorrent. However, discussion on how to use either to do so will be deleted.
- No adult content. We have many underage members, and many members view the forums from the workplace, where adult content may violate regulations. Related, keep the language PG-13. No profanity-laced tirades.
- Remain civil. While we will never censor based on a point of view, you must present your views in a civil manner.
- No ad hominem attacks, or similar. "Fanboy," "sheep," and other similar permutations are not allowed by any user, at any time.
- If you are going to bicker with someone, do it through a private message, email, or instant messaging. There's no need to annoy everyone with it.
- Don't post nonsense threads, +1 posts, or anything else lacking semantic value.
- Don't hijack or derail threads. Stay on topic. If you want to discuss a detail or offshoot, start another thread.
- Don't spam a single thread or multiple ones with substantively the same content.
- Don't turn a thread political when there is no need. "This wouldn't have happened if X was in office!" or the inverse, is unnecessarily inflammatory and serves no useful purpose.
- Similarly, there is no value in "This wouldn't have happened if Jobs was still alive."
- Don't ask for replies via email or private message. That defeats the purpose of a forum, of allowing everyone to see the question and replies.
- AppleInsider is independent, and takes no money from Apple at all. Comments contrary to that will be deleted.
- Don't try to bait other forum-goers into breaking the rules. If we think you are, that gets you a strike too!
- Refrain from remarks like "AppleInsider needs a copy editor," "why is this on AppleInsider," "this is old news," and other similar commentary that does not contribute to the topic at hand.
- The term "fake news" and derivations of same, is henceforth banned. They are all lazy and meaningless. Find some other way to make your point.
When all else fails, just remember - be civil! Don't say things here that you wouldn't say face-to-face, or in front of your own children.
Falling astray of the rules once or occasionally isn't a problem. We understand -- things happen. But, we are watching. Repeat offenders of the rules will be warned to not continue with the behavior.
What will certainly get you banned
- Posting adult content -- no warning given.
- We have a strict zero-tolerance stance on spam. Any commercial messages posted by users without approval of AppleInsider will be immediately closed, the links removed, and the poster banned with no warning.
- After a moderator has warned about a behavior, do not persist. If you do so even once after being warned it will earn a ban.
- Racism or sexism in any form.
- Threats of violence -- these will be reported to relevant authorities after we ban you.
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Edited January 16, 2017: Clarified rules, and added thresholds for bans.
Edited March 1, 2018: Banned the term "Fake News"