comunity standards

Community standards relating to blogging

Community standards and participation guidelines

@ the exploratoryminds project we want to be to be a place for intelligent discussion, we do have firm commitment to freedom of speech. note this does not mean freedom to abuse,  your contirbutions via articles and post can be used as part of a fact-based debate. We want the discussion of an article to be, if anything, more informative and inspiring than the original article and we need your help to do that. Follow these guidelines to help keep things on track.

In brief follow these guide lines when asking for your articles to be considered for post in the main blog

  • Don’t attack people and don’t respond to attacks – report them and move on
  • Keep your posts on topic and constructive
  • Take responsibility for the quality of the sources you use and take part in
  • Above all, respect others and their opinions..

Be respectful

Treat people with the respect you’d like to receive. Admit when you’re wrong. You’ll come across opinions you disagree with. That doesn’t make them invalid.


Be constructive

Explain why you disagree or agree with something. Your reasoning is as important as your opinion.

“This article sucks”

will be deleted.

“I disagree with this article. Here’s why…”

won’t be.

“You’re an idiot”

will be deleted.

“Have you considered…”

won’t be.

Back up your ideas with evidence and fact where possible. If you’re claiming something as scientific fact, try to provide credible references. Ask any questions you have for the author or your fellow commenters.

Aim to add a new idea to each approach rather than repeating what’s already been said. Move on if things get stuck.

We’ll distinguish between constructive comments and smear campaigns. We’ll remove any deliberate attempts to misinform, distort facts or misrepresent the opinions of others.

Be legal

Don’t post anything that may put us or yourself legal jeopardy – nothing defamatory, nothing in breach of copyright.

Be proactive

Take responsibility for the quality of the conversations you participate in; only reply to things you consider worth your attention.

Report posts you think violate these standards. Tell people when they post something you appreciate and press the ‘Recommend’ button on their post.

What we’ll do

We reserve the right to remove comments that breach these standards and lock accounts of commenters who breach them repeatedly.

Replies to comments that have been deleted may themselves be deleted, either to remove the thread or because they don’t make sense out of context. Comments may be closed if these standards aren’t met.


Last updated: june 2020