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Ten Commandments for Commenters

The comment stream is an important feature of Transportblog, and we are proud of the high standard of the information and intelligence usually displayed there by our readers. It is also a largely civil space, and so far we have been able to allow it to operate with light moderation and very open access. In order to keep it this way we ask that commenters observe the following guidelines:

1. Commenters are guests and are asked to behave accordingly. Treat other members of the community with civility and respect. If you see disrespectful behaviour or trolling, please report it to us rather than inflaming the situation. The editors’ decisions on these matters are final.

2. Members are encouraged to use their real names, especially for those wishing to comment frequently. We currently allow anonymity, but if we feel it is being abused we reserve the right to withdraw this feature.

3. Ad hominem attacks are frowned upon. If you disagree with someone, refute their statements rather before insulting them. If you must insult someone, be cheeky.

4. General moaning about the blog and its editorial direction is extremely boring. If you there are things you like and/or don’t like about the blog then put it in an email to us, rather than a comment. Or find another space more to your liking.

5. When you are presenting an argument and/or stating an opinion, try to use clear and logical reasoning, e.g. Observation 1 + Observation 2 = Conclusion.

6. Opinions, while welcome, are not facts, so do not assert them as such. When citing facts, commenters should always aim to provide supporting references and links, especially when asked for them.

7. Do not copy and paste complete copyrighted articles without permission from the copyright holder.  Acknowledge all sources.

8. The editors decide what is acceptable. We reserve the right to delete comments and suspend accounts as we see fit. Grounds for suspension include (but are not limited to):

i.        Obsessive arguing in a thread or threads

ii.        Repeated statements without supporting evidence

iii.        Blatant promotion of products and/or services

iv.        Use of multiple anonymous identities

v.        Sexist, racist or other offensive comments

vi.      Repeated provocative contrariness or pedantry (i.e. trolling)

9. We have high standards but are run by volunteers in our spare time so we do make mistakes. If you disagree with something we have done, get in touch via email.

10. We are ambitious about improving Auckland [and all of NZ] as well as the blog itself, so all suggestions to improve it and the submission of  relevant guest posts are welcome. Please do this via email. Guest Posts cannot be anonymous and will be selected on a case by case basis.