Comments and contributions are an integral part of the Mamamia experience, which is why we’ve established these clear guidelines to keep things tidy. Posts are not intended as one-way communication, but rather the start of a bigger conversation; a launchpad for interesting discussion and debate.
But since this is the internet and everyone has a different view of what’s fair (and what’s interesting), we’re going to spell out exactly what’s OK – and not OK – when it comes to commenting or contributing on Mamamia.
Think of the comments section of Mamamia as a dinner party. Differences of opinion are most welcome, but if you are deliberately rude, insult the host or start throwing food, you’ll be kicked out.
Here are some more specific guidelines about how our moderation works:
Stay on topic: Tangents can be wonderful things. They’re a fundamental part of conversation and can even enhance it. BUT. Comments which are completely irrelevant or deliberately try to hijack the conversation are NOT OK. Please don’t advertise your business either. This isn’t the forum for that.
Don’t be crass: We know a thing or two about swearing at Mamamia. We’re not opposed to it, so long as it’s not in an abusive context. Swearing AT people or calling them names whether it be the author, other readers or the team, will get you deleted. The same goes for posting graphic and disturbing photos, videos and other media. These will be immediately deleted.
Be constructive: Saying, “This article is pathetic” or, “This author sucks” is neither helpful nor interesting. Comments like this will not be published. There are a million other ways to express a contrary opinion to the one explained in a post, including, “I disagree because…”, “I don’t share this view because…” “On the other hand…”. Give them a try.
Don’t dominate: You know the person at the dinner party who won’t shut up? DON’T BE THAT PERSON. Have your say and then give others some space to have theirs. Don’t intimidate or dominate. People who post many, many, many times on a single post will be nuked.