Over the past two months, we've seen a great increase in readers and commenters on At the Hive. Conversation here has been, for the most part, smart and well-mannered. As more and more users access the site, now's as good a time as any to establish some site ground rules.
1. NO POLITICS
2. NO RELIGION
3. NO PROFANITY
4. USE SENTENCES
5. USE THE REPLY BUTTON
6. BE REASONABLE
7. THE 9/11 RULE
8. REC COMMENTS
One of the great things about the SBN platform is the community's ability to provide instantaneous feedback to comments. Stealing from Liberty Ballers' rec how-to-guide:
Then click either 'rec' or 'flag'.
Witness the magic as the comment turns green!
On At the Hive, a comment will turn green after it has been recommended two times. If you think a comment is clever, funny, smart, or awesome, let the author of the comment know by reccing it. It's visually more appealing than writing "+1" or similar.
9. FLAG COMMENTS
On the flip side, the community can also flag bad comments. It works the same way as reccing; however, you need to provide a reason for the flag (spam, inappropriate, etc). The moderators can then track down the offending comments.
10. NO DIRECT PERSONAL ATTACKS
No name calling, no insults based on race, gender, creed, orientation... you get the picture. Again, this should be a self explanatory rule. Offenders will be warned on the first offense, and banned for later offenses.
If you see a well-intentioned commenter breaking a rule, kindly point them in the right direction. Anybody that follows these ten rules is probably a great commenter, and overall awesome human being. And propositions for new rules are always accepted, because hey, who doesn't love to follow rules. That's it for now. I'm out like LBJ.