Don’t make it personal: We all love a good argument but don’t make it personal – either about the contributor, people mentioned in articles or other commenters. To be honest, it’s just lazy, instead, try engaging in a positive manner.
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Keep it relevant: If the article is about fish don’t start talking about chess. We do realise that conversations can take odd turns,
Don’t be a troll: Don’t be the person that says the thing just to get a reaction. Having a different point of view is not trolling if those views are sincerely held, but we reserve the right to make that call.
Don’t feed the trolls: If you ignore them, you take away their magic powers (they have no magic powers). If you feed them, they get fat and the bounce up and down on their little chairs in their little rooms with glee. We repeat: don’t feed the trolls.
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In conclusion – be nice.