We at Persephone magazine are big fans of keeping it simple.  This applies to our commenting policy as well.

1. How to become a commenter: Click the register link in the top bar.  After you receive a confirmation email, you can log in.

2. How to be an awesome commenter:  We will let a lot of things slide in the name of sparking good conversations, but we ask that you keep the following in mind when you post:

  • Empathy – are you at least trying to look at an issue from someone else’s perspective?
  • Levity – we have a warm place in our cold, cold hearts for comments that display a sense of humor.  Make us laugh and win us over for ever.
  • Vitality – are you adding something lively and important to the conversation?
  • In context – does your comment fit the post to which you are replying?  We love personal stories, but keep ’em on topic.
  • Sensitivity – be aware that not everyone who visits this site has the same experiences.  Opinions will differ because you’re all unique and come from a unique set of circumstances.  Respect that we all have subjects that are of particular importance to us, and we all may respond passionately about those issues.  Listen and think before you post.

In other words, our commenting policy boils down to ELVIS, and ELVIS says to be cool to each other.

Don’t Be Cruel.

Additionally, the standard blanket rules apply – no spam, don’t pimp your own site/blog beyond reason, don’t be a jerk, don’t post porn, don’t post copyrighted material without a source and keep the swearing to a minimum.  A few random cuss bombs are fine, just keep on the sassy rather than the vulgar end of the continuum. Yeah, we’re actually okay with swearing.

We reserve the right to delete any comments for any reason at our discretion, and we reserve the right to warn, suspend and ban commenters who repeatedly thwart our efforts at civility.


57 replies on “Commenting”

I feel like an idiot for asking this…but how do you expand replies?  Most replies are longer than what is visible, with the […] , and I can’t figure out how to expand them.  *Hangs head in shame, applies white-out to computer screen.*

We have a daily OT that goes up at 10 p.m., EST, and stays open all day. We also have groups you can jump into. There’s a post pinned on the sidebar (“Everything you wanted to know about P-Mag…”) that explains a lot of stuff around here. Welcome! Glad to have you!

That one’s trickier. As best I can tell, BuddyPress is the only thing out there that lets us make stuff groovy for commenters. There’s a new version of BP on the horizon, but it burned us so bad last time I’m hesitant. Let me dig around and see what I can find. : )

For the time being, you can get an email each time someone replies to you. Under the comment box, there are two ticky boxes. One lets you subscribe to the entire comment thread, the other lets you only get replies made to you. Logic tells me it should be possible to put some sort of on-site notification, like thal blog that rhymes with hezebel, but I’m not sure how right this moment.

I am embarrassed to ask this but how do I comment vs reply? Do I have to reply to the post, for example I see that the Good Evening OT thread has x number of replies. Please help an old!! I did get my avatar loaded correctly so that’s progress, right?! Thrilled to be a jezrefugee and be here! Any assistance much appreciated :)