Here’s the thing, dear readers. We love you, we really love you. But sometimes, you get a little worked up about some of our posts and say things that are mean or hurtful. In an effort to make the comments threads attached to our posts more civil, we have decided to debut a strict and clear commenting policy that applies to all posts on this site. It is printed in full below. We have also created a dedicated page where you can see it at any time, which you can access from the top of any page on this site.
The Thrill, like any blog, encourages its readers to utilize the commenting function to discuss or criticize posts. For the most part, we trust that the intelligence of the Kenyon community will prevail, but we know that the comments section can become the WordPress equivalent of an allstu war. The following types of comments will be moderated:
- Comments that are libelous. In other words, don’t make untrue statements about people who are still alive.
- Comments that use excessive profanity or expletives. As a general rule, if your profanity overwhelms your point, you’ll get moderated.
- Comments that direct a personal attack on another person on campus. Ad hominem attacks on members of the Kenyon community, even if they are not technically libelous, will be reviewed and almost always moderated. Attacking the author of the post is more acceptable, as long as your attacks have to do with the contents of said post, not the writer’s personal life or character.
- Comments that constitute only self-promotion. No spam or ads.
- Comments that are discriminatory. Any comment that maligns people of a certain gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background or any racial, ethnic or religious groups will be moderated immediately, as will comments that include discriminatory statements against persons with disabilities.
We reserve the right to moderate any comments we deem inappropriate, but will mostly moderate comments that fit into the above categories.
Moderating is not the same as deleting, because we don’t want to give the impression that the offensive comment never existed. When a comment is moderated, an editor replaces the offending content with a note explaining the reason behind the moderation, such as “This comment has been moderated for excessively vulgar language.”