HCCO Comment Policy

Thank you for taking an interest in the HCCO blog or one of our social channels.

We’re so glad that you’re here and can’t wait to see how you’ll contribute to the conversation happening around the content we’ve created for you and the entire Humanist community.

The comment section on our blog or various social media channels is a place for thoughtful discussion. Before you make your contribution to that discussion, please be sure you have carefully read and understood our comment policy.

Our Comment Policy

The Golden Standard – Our top criteria for an approved comment is one that adds value. There are several ways to add value to a conversation: asking a relevant question, answering a question, providing expanded insight, or explaining a thoughtful counter-point in a respectful way—to name just a few.

Civility is not optional – The HCCO blog and social channels are meant to be places of empowerment, thoughtful discussion, encouragement, and learning.

You are welcome to disagree with us, our authors, or other commenters, but the tone of those discussions will remain civil or those comments will be deleted.

We will not tolerate personal attacks, hate speech, rude language or anything our editorial staff considers detrimental to the community.

All rights reserved – We reserve the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any comment we choose. We also reserve the right to block any IP address that violates this comment policy from commenting, subscribing, or accessing the HCCO blog or social content.

Liability – When posting a comment on our blog or social channels you take full responsibility for it. You agree to hold HCCO, all post authors, and other commenters harmless.

Name Use – All comments must be posted under your real name or nick name. If you use a company name, obvious alias, or keyword stuffed phrase your comment will be deleted and marked as spam.

Valid Email Required – The email address you use to submit your comment must be valid. We respect your privacy and will not share this information with third parties or publish your email address to the blog. Any email address we deem to look like spam will result your comment to be deleted and flagged as spam.

Proper Linking Practices – You are welcome to put a non-trackable, un-masked link to your website’s home page in the “website” field of our comments section.

Any link in the “website” field that appears to be shortened for tracking, masked, pointing to a product/services page or otherwise suspicious will be deleted.

Links to products or landing pages are not permitted. Do not sign off with a link to your website. Do not share self-promotional links.

In all of these instances you run the risk of your whole comment being deleted and marked as spam. Repeat offenders will be blocked.

Gravatar – If you would like your photo to appear next to your comment, you’ll need to create a Gravatar account and use that email address when leaving comments on our blog. This process is simple and takes 1-2 minutes, max.

Language – We create and publish content in English. We’re thrilled if you are a non-English communicator who can understand and gain value from our content. However, we are not equipped for comment moderation in multiple languages so please leave your comments in English. Any comment our moderators are unable to understand will be deleted. This includes comments written in English with especially poor spelling and grammar.

Spam – Don’t do it. If you do do it, your comments will be deleted, marked as spam, and you will be blocked.


Why isn’t my comment showing up?

If you’ve followed the above policy and your comment still is not showing up, we ask that you simply be patient. Most likely your comment hasn’t shown up yet because a moderator hasn’t had a chance to read it and mark it approved.


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