Be Right with You [photograph of food vendor at fair]

Comment Policy

We want you to feel at home when you post a com­ment on Mercury Photo Bureau. We want every­one to feel at home post­ing com­ments on Mercury Photo Bureau. We don’t know what your home is like, but we know how we expect peo­ple to behave when they visit ours. That’s why we reserve the right to delete com­ments and ban users as needed to keep the com­ment threads here civil and sub­stan­tive.

Our N0. 1 house rule is sim­ple: Don’t be a jerk.

Want to be the kind of com­menter we’d love to bring home to Thanksgiving din­ner? Here’s what we like to see in com­ments:

  • Weigh in with smart, informed ideas that con­tribute fur­ther to the story.
  • Give us use­ful, con­struc­tive crit­i­cism. Spot a typo or an error? Let us know and we will cor­rect it.
  • Demonstrate and share the intel­li­gence, wis­dom, and humor we know you pos­sess.
  • Don’t feed the trolls. You wouldn’t dive into a debate with our ill-​informed, weird uncle Gary just for the heck of it.Well, maybe you would. See our N0. 1 house rule. And you def­i­nitely wouldn’t feed him. (We told you he was weird.) Downvote and flag com­ments instead.

Although we can’t be every­where at once, here are some of the kinds of com­ments we’re going to do our best to cur­tail:

  • Promoting your own brand, prod­uct, or blog. So you’ve got a cli­mate change solu­tion that will simul­ta­ne­ously solve world poverty. Great. Send it through our con­tact form, you Elon Musk, you.
  • Impersonating authors or other com­menters. We can’t believe we have to say this, but: Don’t do that. It’s weird.
  • Comments that make it clear you didn’t read the arti­cle. Enraged that we didn’t men­tion X in a story about Y? Slow down, Speedy McFingerson. If you’d made it past para­graph two, you’d see a very well thought-​out dis­cus­sion of that X you hold so dear.
  • Comments that are com­pletely out of left field. Sometimes dis­cus­sions veer off a bit, but are still related to the orig­i­nal sub­ject. That is fine. Hijacking the con­ver­sa­tion to pro­mote off-​topic com­men­tary is not.
  • Threats — no mat­ter how vague — against the author or other com­menters. Things can get heated. Before you casu­ally men­tion your foe’s home address, think of your Mother Earth. (Bonus points if you never use the phrase “Mother Earth.”)
  • Racism, sex­ism, homo­pho­bia, you get the drift. Call us the PC Police, fine, but don’t say we didn’t warn you when you get tased.And by tased, we mean banned or deleted. Mercury Photo Bureau has not — and will not — ever own a Taser™, and even if we chose to carry a weapon for self-​defense, we would never give money to the evil f*ckers who make them.
  • Trolling. If you’re a cli­mate denier just out for a good trolling and are not con­tribut­ing mean­ing­fully to the con­ver­sa­tion, we’ll be push­ing you back under the bridge.

Acknowledgement and thanks to the Grist, from whom we stole nearly all of this com­ment pol­icy.

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