Comment Policy and Enforcement Adjustments

TL;DR: Disagree and debate if you must but be respectful. Anything borderline is likely to be deleted.

Updated Comment Policy

Comments are welcome and encouraged to discuss the movies being abridged in related comment threads, though feedback for the scripts themselves is also appreciated, particularly for non-author contributions. However, here are some guidelines for what is and is not acceptable on the site:

  • Comments unrelated to the movie or script could be considered off-topic and in extreme instances may be removed by moderators.
  • Comments that insult, degrade, disparage, or attack other commenters, authors, named individuals, or entire groups of people will be deleted at moderator discretion.
  • Comments must remain respectful and civil. Don't merely try to avoid being overtly rude, or even neutral. Try to be explicitly nice.
  • Comments that seem to be intended to start an argument with another commenter or instigate may be deleted.
  • Comments replying to comments that end up deleted may themselves also be deleted once the context of what they're replying to is gone. This can lead to entire subthreads being "nuked" from the top down. If you think someone is violating these rules in their comment or baiting people into a response, it's best not to respond or else you risk your comment being deleted as well.
  • Any comments that fall into a "gray area" of these rules may be removed. If you have to ask yourself when posting a comment "I wonder if this will be deleted" then you've probably answered your own question.

Users that repeatedly violate these rules may be banned.

Visitors to the site are encouraged to self-moderate the comment sections by voting comments up or down depending on their content. Downvoted comments automatically are moved to the bottom of the thread, or in some cases hidden from view based on score. Comments that violate the rules outlined above should be reported via the “flag” feature on a comment, but otherwise comments that are disagreeable or merely obnoxious should simply be downvoted.

Any thread that devolves into a conversation about politics is likely to be nuked for being off-topic. It’s fine to discuss politics within the context of the movie being abridged, but once the conversation is about the political beliefs themselves it’s no longer about the film, and it belongs elsewhere. Comments about the comment policy itself are off-topic; any issues relating to moderation should be posted here - I won’t delete any comments here unless they are illegal in some way.

FAQ:

Q: How are we supposed to debate each other if it’d be easy to construe the argument as an attack?

A: Why is it so important to you to debate each other in the comment section of a movie parody web site? Post comments about the movie or the script, anything else is probably off-topic. If you absolutely HAVE to weigh in because someone is “wrong on the internet”, you’re just going to have to figure out how to do it in a civil and respectful way. Don’t have a debate, have a discussion. Like how you’d talk to friends in person, assuming you have some.

Q: Isn’t this censorship?

A: No? Maybe? Shrug. This isn’t exactly the “public square” for political debate, it’s a comment section on a web site about movies. If you want to debate politics go to Twitter or Gab or wherever people go. There’s no shortage of places on the internet to argue with strangers about your political beliefs, The Editing Room is not one of them.

Q: But authors make political points in their scripts! That’s not fair!

A: That’s not a question.

Q: Oh. Er, why is it okay for authors to talk politics but not commenters?

A: Is this a serious question about why it’s okay for authors (the people who are generating all of the site’s actual content) to say things that it’s not okay for commenters (anyone on the planet) to say? Doesn’t this question kind of answer itself? In any case, you’re probably confusing “making a point” with “making a joke.”

Q: This feels very subjective, how am I supposed to know if what I want to post is crossing a line or not?

A: I refuse to believe, in spite of all evidence the internet gives me, that people genuinely don’t understand how to not be an asshole. Presumably, everyone has to put down the keyboard and function in the real-world at work or at school without being punched in the face for being rude all the time, so everyone is capable. I think people just choose to act like assholes on the internet anyway, but I think on some level everyone knows when they post something if they’re being kind of a prick.

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