Queerty’s Comment Policy

Queerty requests that you post comments that are relevant to the article, written in clear language and that avoid personal attacks on bloggers and your fellow commenters. We reserve the right to delete any comments that are identified as violating the following prohibitions. (Repeat offenders may be permanently blocked from commenting.)

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  • Personal attacks on anyone for any reason
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Please help Queerty’s editors keep the tone civil by clicking the flag button when you see inappropriate comments.

Just so there’s no confusion, the reason we encourage comments on the site is to take the conversation one step further. We want to know your opinion. We want to know if you have more information than we do. Perhaps you have a link readers should check out for better context? Share it. Sometimes we explicitly call for readers to leave comments, whether for feedback or because you all know more about a topic than we. And also, so you can talk amongst yourselves.

Comment threads are not the place to exhibit grade school playground behavior. That means adherence to simple rules, such as not calling each other names, throwing profanity at other readers, or calling them idiots. It’s also not a place to say “Queerty sucks,” because while that may be true, you really shouldn’t be wasting your time visiting, let alone posting on, a site that sucks.

Yes, you can leave anonymous comments. Choose a nondescript user name, attach your user account to an anonymous email address like Gmail or Yahoo, and don’t post any identifying information, and you should be all set. We’ll respect your anonymity and keep it a secret, unless … you break one of our rules.

Comments will not be deleted or amended by request. Before posting a comment, be sure you actually want to have your words published on the Internet forever. Do not ask us to remove them. Do not ask us to change your name. Do not ask us to edit them.

First and foremost, we reserve the right to keep Queerty a safe, cordial place for readers to interact with us and each other. At our discretion, we will remove abusive users and comments; we might also choose to publicly reveal the identifying information (such as your IP or email address) of abusive users because, quite often, they deserve to be humiliated.

Don’t post hate speech. Don’t incite violence. Don’t defame anyone. And also: Don’t be a total dick. Queerty is not the place for you to spread anti-gay propaganda. We’re not an advocacy site, and we’re all for tolerance, but if you’re going to make an argument against gay people, “FAGGOTS SUCKKKKKK!!!” is not acceptable; at least try to impress us with your knowledge of biology and religion. Should you fail to do so, we reserve the right to, like, totally out you and call you a fag.

We reserve the right to permanently ban any user for any reason — but almost certainly, we won’t. Only if you’re a total jerkoff will we even consider banning you, though repeat offenses certainly won’t help your case. You may be banned without warning, and your attempt to be reinstated will likely fall on deaf ears … because you are an asshole. Follow the rules above and you’ll be all set.

Please also refer to our Privacy Policy, it’s a fun read.

One Comment

  • johnr9

    Hello. When I wanted to add a comment to a particular story, I logged-in/changed password, but then it took me to a screen saying to fill in my profile with Facebook info. I don’t have/do not want to have a Facebook page. Does this mean I’m excluded from commenting even though I have both a username and new password?

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