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Big Questions Online Comment Policy
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The purpose of discussion on Big Questions Online is to get closer to answering the Big Questions. This means that, unlike many other comments sections, we’re dedicated to staying on topic. The author of the essay will be posting in the comments section right along with you to help guide the discussion.
We encourage lively, but civil, progress towards an answer. Comments are moderated before they are posted. We generally do not edit comments.
How NOT to Get Posted
We will not post your comment if it...
- is likely to disrupt the flow of conversation relating to the article under which it is posted
- is off-topic (Simply saying that you like an author’s work, for example, doesn’t get us any closer to exploring the question at hand, so even though it’s a very nice thing to say, if that’s all you have to say, it will probably not get posted.)
- harasses or abuses other members of the community or Big Questions Online staff
- is libelous, obscene, or offensive
- encourages or condones unlawful activity
- contains personal contact details (other than a URL) or advertisements
- is repetitious or spam
Big Questions Online reserves the right to edit, move, or delete any message, or to terminate membership at any time for any reason. The consulting executive editor's and/or the John Templeton Foundation's decision about the suitability of all comments is final.
What's BQO all about?
Big Questions Online aims to explore Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality and to foster thoughtful discussion of those topics. We feature essays by leading thinkers and writers and invite you, the readers, to join in an author-led discussion. (Read the comment policy here.)
After the discussion closes, authors will post follow-up remarks to address insights or new questions raised by the conversation.