Moderation Policy

 

Tor.com is a space for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and related subjects to come together and discuss the topics we love. We are a motley crew, representing every corner of fandom from every walk of life, and we value the diversity of people and opinions as our greatest strength. Our community is the most important aspect of the site, and your comments and conversations are the best part. To ensure a safe and fun space for all, we expect those who participate, whether in our comment threads or in the user-created forums, to agree to do the following:

  1. Treat everyone with respect.
  2. Not use language that is prejudiced or phobic (including but not limited to comments on race, sex, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, etc.). Note: this also applies to web links—links to pages which contain hateful, prejudiced, or phobic language or content which otherwise violates the policies outlined on this page will be unpublished.
  3. Not flame, bait, or otherwise troll the forums. Under NO circumstances should this be used as a place to insult, demean, slander, or otherwise hurt others.
  4. Keep disagreements civil, and remember that just because someone disagrees with you does not mean that he/she dislikes you. Disagree with an idea, not a person.
  5. Be bound by the decisions made by the moderators. This means adhering to any and all warnings. Normally one warning is all you’ll get, so take heed.

Please be aware that replies or rebuttals which follow a moderated comment may also be edited or deleted, as needed—if the original comment was problematic or in violation of our community standards, chances are responses to that comment (no matter how well-intentioned) won’t make much sense without the original. While we will always try to respond to problems on the site as quickly as possible, there may be a lag between flagging a comment and moderator intervention, so please try to be patient and respectful until we are able to respond.

The moderator(s) are the final judges of what constitutes a violation of these rules and will take whatever actions they feel necessary to address misbehavior including, but not limited to, editing, deletion, or banning. This is a private community and in order to participate it in you must agree to express yourself in a way that does not violate these rules.

Some other things to keep in mind:

  • Duplicate comments and comments that are irrelevant promotion of products or services will be deleted. Don’t spam us or we will ban you.
  • Unfortunately, our spam filter tends to target comments that contain links, especially if those links are pasted at the very end of the comment. When this happens, your comment will not appear until it is published by a moderator. We regularly check for unpublished comments throughout the day, but if you think your comment has gotten lost, please drop us an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Using so-called foul language is OK, as long as it’s used intelligently. This, however, does not apply to hate speech (see number 2).

We believe in community-based moderation. In theory, anyone can momentarily act as a moderator, as long as your action is warranted. If you feel that someone is being abusive or otherwise problematic, always flag for the moderator. Overzealous vigilante moderation on the part of commenters, however, won’t be tolerated by the site moderators any more than insults or trolling. On the flip side of the coin, if another user has stepped in to point out that you are in violation of this policy (or are otherwise acting like a jerk), take heed, cool off, and back down.

To sum up: Be nice. Treat others as you wish to be treated. 

We hope that you enjoy coming here and being part of our community.

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