We’re totally open to criticism and constructive commenting. Unfortunately, some people just can’t seem to keep an adult discussion from becoming a vicious rant. So Gia On The Move has adopted a comment policy.

Essentially…if you’re an asshole, you’ll be banned.

Your comment will never immediately appear on the site after posting. All comments are flagged for review. There are a number of things which will get your comment flagged or unpublished altogether.

Use of any of the curse words and/or slurs. Sometimes these words are used as part of a good discussion, these comments will be approved by a moderator when appropriate.

Personal attacks against another commenter or the writer of the post/website. This can run from name calling to sentences which include the words “people like you” or statements which begin “I bet you” or “you must/probably” etc. This is regardless of what “side” you’re on.

Jokes or aggressive negative comments on the aesthetic appearance of a person (commenters, writers, and folks mentioned in an article alike).

Hate speech or other clearly intentional jerk behavior. This includes, but is not limited to: the use of the word feminazi or a comment which denigrates women, feminism or feminists, the LGBTQ community; broad imprecations or assumptions based on race; and anything that amounts to “ugh the gays,” “ugh liberals,” “ugh, fangirls,” etc.

It is at the editors’ discretion to ban anyone whom they determine to be a detriment to the atmosphere of the comments section, the site in general, and our regular readers.

There will be some who look at these rules and think that the moderators of Gia On The Move have too much power to shut down conversations. We have two responses to this.

First: It’s our site, we get to make the rules. We’re not taking away your freedom of speech by deleting/banning you. You can take your anger elsewhere, we don’t want it.

We try to treat our comment section like a series of dinner parties, where our job as hosts is to foster interesting, free discussion for all our guests, not just the loudest, most assertive, scariest ones. You can be a poor conversationalist, present a different viewpoint, or talk loudly and brashly. But if you threaten, annoy, derail, or in other ways spoil the atmosphere of discussion for others, we reserve the right to not invite you back next time. If that principle is too restrictive for you, there are many other sites out there that share our coverage and have more liberal commenting rules.

Second: We ask everybody who comes to Gia On The Move to remember that conversations require listening as well as speaking. And we are firm believers in the fact that banning a commenter only prevents them from speaking, not from listening.

For those who agree with these rules, please keep in mind that we are only human. That should be a self-evident statement. But we realize, some people just won’t get it.

Finally…

Gia On The Move wouldn’t be what it is without your awesome support. Thanks so super-duper-with-a-cherry-on-top-much, for visiting, reading and engaging!

Happy commenting!

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