We want to build a community that shares our passion for games, movies and TV, and provide a commenting system that allows you to speak your mind or share information with other readers. We want you to feel as comfortable offering tinfoil hat theories for Death Stranding as defending Zack Snyder's maligned Batman v Superman. We want to create a friendly environment for fans of all consoles and genres, united by our desire to share the good stuff, and to politely steer people away from a life playing Vroom in the Night Sky. We're building a small team of moderators, and although we can't be everywhere at once, are committed to making the comments a friendly place for all. With that in mind, here are the key rules:
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- Don't be intentionally rude. Most GamesRadar+ readers are absolutely lovely in real life. It's easy to sound like more of a dick than you are in a comments thread - take it easy, be nice, and you'll find that everyone's generally pretty cool.
- "Meh" is not a valid sentiment. If you don't care, don't reply. The same goes for "first," "meanwhile in Syria," and other non-contributory meme-style statements which will likely be deleted by the moderators and editors without warning.
- If you disagree with someone, say why. If you agree with someone, say why. If you like or dislike something, say why. If you can't be bothered to say why, that's fine, just move on.
- We're happy to read polite criticism, but baseless accusations of bribery, corruption, or that we're part of a global cabal of games journalists with a seat at The Bilderberg Group won't be received kindly. If you think we've acted improperly, your complaint can be taken up with Future management or the relevant authorities. GamesRadar+ has been producing independent and critical reviews for almost twenty years. Nothing is going to change that.
All of the rules can be neatly encapsulated in our golden rule: don't be a jerk.
Please note that we may also disable comments altogether on certain articles. A small number of topics have been proven to inspire a large volume of heated, and sometimes hateful discussion. Therefore we will opt to shut threads that have descended into widespread abuse. This may also be done preemptively, for topics which have consistently drawn unconstructive discussions.
We don't want to shut down criticism—be it of games, companies, studios or us—but in order to keep our comments a welcoming, friendly place, we have to draw lines between criticism and shouting, skepticism and baseless accusations, and disagreement and hate. Be funny, be critical, be supportive, or be angry—just don't be a jackass about it.
If these rules and guidelines are unacceptable to you, that's also fine, and you are of course free to express yourself elsewhere on the internet. Publishing comments on the site is an editorial decision, and we ultimately have final say over what appears. To use a slightly labored analogy: Imagine the comments section as a party. Everyone is invited, and we want you all to have a good time. But if you walk in, jump on the table, start screaming, and then throw up on the carpet don't be surprised if you're asked to leave.
If you're interested in volunteering as a community moderator, feel free to shoot an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your Disqus username.
*Thanks to our friends at PC Gamer for sharing some of these guidelines, which might explain why they look potentially familiar to some folk.