Rules for comments and discussions

how to participate

We're glad you're here--and can't wait to see what you think about today's latest open source topic.

But when you're composing that insightful genius, remember--we want to keep our PG rating. Avoid words too saucy for your grandmother. Unless you have a more saucy sort of grandmother. In that case, when you type a reply, imagine you're saying it to the person's face. If you can't play nicely, we'll take your ball and send you home. Or at the very least, delete the offending post. Repeat offenders may be banned. Should we be more specific?

You should:

  • Be polite.  It never hurts to be nice, and you'll be much more likely to get a useful response when you're civil.
  • Be genuine. You can use your real name or a comfortable pseudonym--just act like yourself. Don't hate or imitate.
  • Have fun. Put on your comfy pants, and make yourself at home.
  • Think, then speak. We like people who are curious, eager, and creative. Have a comment? Got a question? Post it. Someone else is wondering the very same thing.
  • Consider Godwin's Law in effect. First to violate it loses, and the conversation is over.

You should not:

  • Use inappropriate language or provide links/trackbacks to obscene or inappropriate content. This includes using obscenities as well as being just plain mean.
  • Defame an individual or group, or violate any trademarks or copyrighted material.
  • Upload or link to viruses or other malicious code.
  • Encourage or advocate illegal activity or propose illegal activity.
  • Violate the privacy of others.
  • Promote commercial services or products.
  • Feed the trolls. It only encourages them.

These don't cover every possible naughty (or nice) act. We reserve the right to reject or redact any comments or posts that violate the spirit, as well as the letter, of our policies. And for good comments? Sometimes we have cookies.

Don't forget to respect whatever rules your employer might have about communities like this. We want you to participate as  much as possible, but not because you got fired and suddenly have a lot of free time on your hands. In fact, we'd prefer it if your employer got really excited about the site and encouraged you to learn and share here. But if they want to get involved by buying ad space, we're not selling. This site is a community. Communities are about relationships. And we'd prefer not to have to change our relationship status with anyone to "It's complicated."

That's all. Go forth and be open. If you find relevant, helpful ideas here--share them with the world. That's what this site is about.