THE VERGE COMMUNITY GUIDELINES
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WELCOME TO THE VERGE!
You'll find a vibrant and growing community of smart, enthusiastic people at The Verge. Our goal is to foster conversations that are helpful, informative, and fun. We very much would like you to help us do just that, so here are some guidelines for how to participate — either on our site or out in the wild of our YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram comments.
THE SHORT VERSION
RULES OF THE ROAD
Here are things that will get your comment or forum post removed and quite possibly get you banned. Note that this is not a comprehensive list. Our moderators reserve the right to remove anything we deem inappropriate.
Above all, our team of moderators works to keep conversation here friendly, engaging, helpful, and productive. If we feel a comment or forum post is harming that endeavor, we’ll take action.
See any of the above? You can help us out by flagging (more on that below). Any comments that are a reply to spammy / inappropriate / trolling comments will also be deleted with the original comment, so don’t reply — just flag!
ISN’T THIS CENSORSHIP?
Well, no and yes. We’re trying to foster great conversation and we will remove comments that harm that endeavor. You’re free to say whatever you like other places, but not here. At The Verge we have a different standard than the rest of the internet, working very hard to keep the conversation informative and fun. The bottom line is that the editors and moderators have the final say on whether it fits within our community guidelines.
HOW TO REGISTER AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR PROFILE
You can register by clicking “Join” at the top of the page and then you can either register directly or register with your Facebook, Google+, Yahoo, or OpenID. You may be interested in checking out our privacy policy and Terms of Use if you’re the legalese type.
The next step is to customize your profile. You can upload a photo and tell everybody a little about yourself. You can also edit your account settings to link your Facebook and Twitter accounts and set up how you'd like to read comments. You can always edit your profile by clicking your own name in the upper-left hand corner of the site.
HOW TO POST AND COMMENT
There are three ways to interact on The Verge. Here's the basics, but there’s much more information down below.
MODERATION
COMMENTS
Comments are a lovely way to talk about the stories, forum posts, and reviews you find on The Verge. They can also be a lot to keep up with, so we have some tools to make it all easier. You can preview your comment before you post it, and you will have 90 seconds to edit a comment afterwards. Every comment also has a few links associated with it:
It’s important to know that comments are threaded and if the top comment in a thread is a problem, we may delete it, and that will delete all the replies to it. So if there's an inappropriate comment and you reply to it with something eloquent and heartfelt, there's a very good chance that your highly intelligent and meaningful comment will nonetheless be lost.
FORUM POSTS
The Verge offers a full WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor on forum posts.
Our editors and moderators will be watching out for great content to promote on the site as well as inappropriate content. In other words, all the rules above about spam, abusive behavior, and basic human decency apply double to forum posts. You can help! Recommend or Flag forum posts to bring them to our attention. If a forum post is terrible, please flag it instead of commenting — even if the comments are great, we will remove forum posts that run against our community guidelines.
Finally, please post in the appropriate forum. Have a question about the new iPhone? Apple Core is the place. Want to talk about The Verge itself, we have a Meta forum. Want help compare an Android phone to a BlackBerry? We have a general Mobile forum for that. Not sure where your post belongs? Ask in Meta or ask us directly.
COMMENTS VS. FORUM POSTS
Although there is no hard and fast rule for when you should make a comment on somebody else's post or when you should make a new forum post, we do have some clear guidelines. Essentially, if there is already a post on a topic you're interested in talking about, it's better to comment on that post than to make a new one. We have a very large search box at the top of the forums and we encourage all users to search before you post. Duplicate posts may be closed or removed.
ACCOUNT ALTERATIONS
Need to disable your account, request a name change? Just get in touch with the moderators and they can help you out.
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