Commenting guidelines

Lively discussion is welcome here, but if you think your comment might offend someone please read the following guidelines before posting.

Please bear in mind this is a personal blog and not an online discussion forum. I reserve the right to have the final say, or remove any comments I find offensive.

Be kind to others…

  • Please be respectful to others who read this blog.
  • Don’t post hate messages or be abusive. Avoid racism, sexism, homophobia and personal attacks.
  • If you’re here for the Everest bashing then you’re in the wrong place.
  • Since I’ve gone to the trouble of writing the whole post without stopping halfway, please take the trouble to read all of it before posting a comment.
  • Similarly, if your comment contains multiple sentences then please make the effort to use punctuation.

Try to be helpful…

  • Stay on topic. If your comment relates to a different blog post, then please comment on that post instead. If you go off topic then your post may be removed or edited.
  • Providing a specific link to an article that you’ve read is helpful.
  • Asking us to google for something that you’re sure you’ve read somewhere is unhelpful.
  • Please post in English. Linking to a site in another language is fine, but it’s helpful if you can link to a Google-translated version – there’s a handy translation tool here.
  • Links and videos posted without any supporting explanation will be deleted.

Avoid bullshit…

  • Try and keep comments concise and avoid rambling.
  • Don’t try to validate known conspiracy theories.

Know when it’s not OK to promote…

  • This isn’t TripAdvisor, so please don’t use the comments to promote or review products and services if I haven’t mentioned them in the text.
  • If you promote your own stuff then it may be seen as spam.
  • The exception to this is books. Please feel free to recommend books, unless it’s your own or your client’s book (see above).

Keep it legal…

  • Don’t break the law.
  • Don’t post personal information such as addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses.

Keep things in proportion…

  • Having a sense of humour helps, provided your jokes are in good taste.
  • A bit of swearing is fine if used for comedy value, but try not to be excessive.
Lively discussion and a sense of humour are welcome here, but please be civil (Photo: Ricardo Peña)
Lively discussion and a sense of humour are welcome here, but please be civil (Photo: Ricardo Peña)