Most of the time, we love comments. We want Mythcreants to be a safe space for wide-ranging discussion on speculative fiction. Often, these discussions will venture into sensitive subjects like gender, (in)equality, disability, representations, politics, and who would win in a fight, Kirk or Picard? As such, there are some basic guidelines we expect commenters to observe. Those violating the guidelines may have their comments removed at the discretion of the editors.
- Please read the thread, including other comments to avoid repetition and misrepresenting the content of the article or other commenters’ feedback.
- Carefully consider what you post. While it’s often ok to mention offensive materials sensitively in order to discuss them, sexist, racist, ableist, transphobic, or homophobic content posted for the purpose of promoting them rather than critiquing or discussing will be removed. The editor may also remove homophobic, sexist, racist comments or otherwise offensive comments, especially if they involve a personal attack or clearly show the poster has not read the thread.
- Respectfully Disagree. To borrow from the Bitch Magazine Blogs comments policy: If you’re critiquing someone’s tone (“Why are you so upset?”), the emotions behind their argument (“You obviously have issues.”), or resorting to adjectives like “delusional,” “ridiculous,” and “paranoid,” you probably need to rethink your comment.
- Consider your perspective. Many of our posts are critiques of pop culture franchises, and we all get very attached to our favorites. First, remember it’s not personal. Our articles never attack a franchise’s fans. We’re critiquing media and storytelling, not individual taste. If an article or other commenter speaks harshly about something you enjoy, it’s not because they dislike you personally. Pay special attention if you come from a place of privilege – if a post addresses an oppression or issue you have not yourself experienced, listen to others’ voices and try to see where they’re coming from before responding angrily. Recognize that the impact of their lived experience is probably more significant for them than your being uncomfortable with the subject.
- Be respectful. To sum up, please just try to be respectful. The best discussion happens when people can put aside potential gut reactions to be dismissive or defensive and instead listen and approach new subjects and experiences with an open mind.
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