Here at Tok, we thrive on community interaction and discussion. Our goal is to promote respectful, engaging & constructive conversation. To that end, we’ve put together some simple user guidelines to clarify our moderation policy:
- Respect one another.
- Hate-speech will not be tolerated.
- Keep your language in check.
- Stay on topic.
- Don't impersonate someone else.
- Spam and commercial content will be removed.
- Readers may "flag" other readers’ comments.
- Stop and think before you comment.
- Don't include personal information in your comments.
- Complaints about removed comments.
- Tok may excerpt your comments.
- Partner guidelines.
- Repeated or egregious abuse of our guidelines may lead to commenting privileges being suspended.
Debates are great, but attacks are not. Please refrain from posting offensive, obscene, threatening or abusive comments. Personal attacks on people or organizations will be removed.
There can be a fine line between strong opinions and hatred and we will try to let conversations develop freely, but comments containing racism, homophobia, sexism, or any other form of hate-speech have no place on our site and will be removed.
Vulgar posts may offend other readers. Our filters are fairly tolerant, allowing for quite a bit of colorful language, but obscenities may prevent a comment from posting. We reserve the right to remove any content that threatens or is offensive to other members of the community.
Comments should be related to the topic discussed in the associated article or blog post. In order to keep the conversation relevant, off-topic comments may be removed.
You may not impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of your comments. If we believe you've impersonated someone else, we reserve the right to remove the comment and block the user.
We do not welcome comments containing copy used for commercial purposes, soliciting funds or advertising. If we see them, we reserve the right to remove them.
If a reader flags a comment, moderators will review that comment as soon as possible. We do not remove every comment that has been flagged and we cannot respond individually to every flag.
We won't remove comments because a reader or writer regrets a post. Nor can you edit your comments. Please remember that these comments are searchable and a comment history has a long life on the web.
We strongly discourage readers from posting personal information about themselves (ex. address, telephone number, workplace) and reserve the right to remove any comments we find with personal information about other people or that violates a third party's right to privacy.
We reserve the right to remove comments left to protest a removed comment. Please contact us if you have any complaints about deleted comments.
Please also note that when Toks appear on partner sites, there may be additional community guidelines that the user is subject to from that site.
If you think you've been banned by mistake, please contact us.