One of the best things about cyberspace is the opportunity to interact with others. We love to get honest feedback and we really appreciate the time that our readers take to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas.
One of the worst things about cyberspace is the online disinhibition effect (ODE). In the briefest terms, ODE is the human tendency to ignore the normal rules of social interaction and to either reveal more of our inner thoughts and feelings than we would in a face to face conversation (benign ODE) or to insult and belittle others (toxic ODE) when we’re interacting with each other online.
Benign ODE can be charming and cathartic but it can also leave you emotionally exhausted and feeling over-exposed. Toxic ODE is neither charming nor cathartic and it often leaves emotional scars on both the victim and the perpetrator.
We want to avoid all of that. That’s why we remove comments that have any elements of toxic ODE and may ban IP addresses of repeat offenders.
The good news is that toxic ODE is becoming less common. In fact, at least 99% of the comments made on our websites are published intact. But we do remove the 1% or less of comments that exhibit any form of toxic ODE.
In a nutshell, we will delete comments that meet the following criteria:
- Harassing, abusive, or threatening comments: All comments must be respectful.
- Comments with expletives: Unless they’re unusually witty.
- Anonymous comments: We only accept comments from people who identify themselves.
- Promotional comments: If a comment is solely promotional in nature, we will remove it from the site.
We reserve the right to remove any comments from the site for the foregoing and at the discretion of our moderators.
Meanwhile, thank you for participating! We look forward to hearing from you.