A lot of what we expect from our community members should be common sense to the majority, but in an era where online discourse and hashtags quickly spin out of control, it’s only fair that we explicitly spell out the rules.
This cannot be stressed enough. It’s our number one rule, and it should be easy to obey. If you cannot respect each other even as you disagree with one another then you shouldn’t be here commenting at all. So please, show respect for fellow commenters, the company you represent, and the industry at large.
- Verbal abuse.
Any sexist, misogynistic, homophobic comments or racial slurs are strictly forbidden and will immediately result in a ban. Cursing is discouraged but allowable in the context of a conversation; however, cursing in anger as part of an attack on someone else is also strictly forbidden and will result in a ban.
If in our judgment you’re deliberately provoking others or derailing a comments thread, your comments may be subject to deletion and repeated offenses will result in a ban. If one of the SugarGamers.com staff feels the need to enter a thread and say something to you, consider it fair warning.
If you don’t like a story we’ve chosen to cover, then don’t waste our time and the time of fellow commenters by complaining. We do want to hear your feedback, but that’s what firstname.lastname@example.org is for. If you have nothing of substance to say to further the dialogue on a story, then please do refrain from commenting on it.
- Self-promotion and spam.
If you enter a comments thread just to push your latest product or some company agenda, consider your comment ripe for deletion. This isn’t Facebook – put your spam elsewhere.
6. Our house, our rules.
Some of you may cry “censorship!” when we moderate or delete comments. As editors of SugarGamers.com we determine what’s appropriate and what’s not, and if we feel the need to steer the conversation in a certain direction, that’s our prerogative. If you can’t play by our rules, then you won’t be commenting here.
7.Above all, have fun!
What else can I do to help?
Apart from following the rules above, we’d love for more of you to get involved. Tell your co-workers, Tweet about us, do whatever you can to spread the word. SugarGamers.com strives to be a safe place where anyone in the games business can have an interesting dialogue without fear of repercussion. It doesn’t matter what your gender, race or sexual orientation is – we want you to feel comfortable and to help us raise the level of discourse here. We already have some of the top people in games commenting, but we’d like to see even more of you here.
Thanks for participating!