Cartoon Kippah is proud to encourage and promote voices from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. To that end, the following rules must be followed when posting comments on articles:
- No accusations of deception. Any accusations of deception, fraud, dishonesty or corruption will be deleted. This applies to both sides. You may criticise a person’s methods and conclusions but not their motives.
- No ad hominem attacks. Attacking other users or anyone holding a different opinion to you is common in debates but is harmful and hurtful to people. For example, comments containing the words ‘self-hating Jew’ and ‘conspiracy’ tend to get deleted. Comments using labels like ’alarmist’ and ‘denier’ are usually skating on thin ice.
- No link or pic only. Links to useful resources are welcome. However, comments containing only a link will be deleted. At least provide a short summary of the content of the webpage to facilitate discussion (and show you understand the page you’re linking to). Similarly, images are very welcome as they can be very useful in helping to explain or expand a point. But comments with pictures in isolation without explanation will not be posted.
- No ALL CAPS. You can’t have a civil, constructive discussion if you’re shouting.
- No profanity or inflammatory tone. Again, constructive discussion is difficult when overheated rhetoric or profanity is flying around.
- No off topic comments. Stick to the subject at hand. If you have something to say about an unrelated topic, consider contacting Cartoon Kippah about writing an article or setting up your own blog account.
- No copying and pasting from other comments. If you wish to refer to earlier comments, you can hyperlink directly to them. To make this easier, note that with each comment, the date/time is a hyperlink. If you link to this URL, clicking on the link will take you directly to that part of the page.
- No cyber stalking. Posting personal details of another user results in your account being banned from Cartoon Kippah.
This comments policy has been adapted from those set out by John Cook on skepticalscience.com. If we all followed his guidelines in any discussion, perhaps the world would be a calmer and more constructive place.