We want you to feel at home when you post a comment on Call Me Claire. We want everyone to feel at home by posting comments on CMC. We don’t know what your home is like, but we do know how we expect people to behave when they visit ours. That’s why we reserve the right to delete comments and block users when necessary to keep conversations in the comments here civil and constructive.

Our first rule is simple: Don’t be an idiot.

Do you want to be the kind of commentator we would like to take home for dinner on the eve?

That’s what we like to see in the comments:

Write intelligent and informed ideas that contribute further to the story.

Give us useful and constructive criticism. Have you identified one or more errors? Let us know and we will correct it.

Share the intelligence, wisdom and humor we know you have.

Do not feed trolls. It leads to nothing to feed discussions without any constructive threads and no one likes rude people.

Although we can’t be everywhere at once, here are some of the kinds of comments we’ll do our best to reduce:

Promote your brand, product or blog. So you have a solution for climate change that will simultaneously solve world poverty. Great. Send it through our contact form.

Impersonate authors or other commentators. We can’t believe we have to say this, but: Don’t do it. It’s strange.

Comments that make it clear that you have not read the article.

Comments that are completely off the subject field. Sometimes the discussions are a bit vague, but they are still related to the original subject.

Threats – however vague they may be – against the author or other commentators. Things can get hot. Before you randomly mention your enemy’s home address.

Racism, sexism, homophobia. Call us CMC Police, well, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Trolling. If you are a healthy carrier of a negative climate, rest assured that we will do everything we can to keep you out of our house.

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