Rules of Moderation

Comment Policy for the Rock Cousteau 


Rock Cousteau values the spirit of a civil community discourse. We think that a lively, on-topic public conversation is one of the best reasons to write and host a website, and that this website, without comments, is more or less just another page.

We also have a responsibility to maintain this space for the benefit of all our visitors. The comments made on this page will have the power to add to or detract from Rock Cousteau’s general vibe, and it is our responsibility to see to it that they serve to enhance the experience of our visitors, rather than chase them away.  That means that we expect “Cousteauers” to identify themselves in their posts, and conduct themselves as they would as guests at a party, where spirited conversation is welcome, but unruly and rude behavior is not. It also means that our moderators can and will remove posts that they believe run counter to the spirit of civil discourse.

This page is our attempt to give you some idea of what we mean by “civil discourse” on our website.


Comment Moderator

We will not censor comments because your point of view may differ from ours. We will, however, remove comments that we believe run afoul to the spirit of civil discourse. We also may choose at times to turn off the comments feature on a specific post (before it’s posted), due to a variety of factors including subject matter, web traffic patterns and timing, or the author just plain not having the ability to engage in the dialogue at the time of the posting. Feel free to trackback and post your thoughts wherever you like. (We may turn comments “on” that entry later. We also think it is bad practice to turn comments off mid-conversation, and will avoid doing so if we can.)


When We’ll Moderate

If you’re aware of expected behaviors in this forum and make an effort to be polite, you’ll never find one of your comments removed.  Everyone experiences the spirit of civil discourse differently, so here is a partial list of violations of that spirit (and possible causes for a post’s removal). The list includes, but is not limited to:

Overtly off-topic posts.

Intentionally disrespectful or disruptive behavior.

Spamming: our linking policy can be found below. Posts containing more than one URL, or any URL not relevant to the conversation, will be considered spam AND WE WILL REMOVE IT.

Snide, rude, threatening personal comments about or directed at any person, be they other users, the moderators or your neighbor…we don’t care if you have a low opinion of someone — that’s your business. But this isn’t the place to get personal about it.

The above applies to the Rock Cousteau authors, as well. If you’re going to talk crap about an entry, talk about the entry. Don’t attack the author.

Unnecessarily attitudinal or inflammatory language, or posts that attack a point of view without explaining why. Again, disagreement is okay, but there’s a difference between saying, “That band has been around for a while and they haven’t put out a new album in a while,” and saying, “That band sucks and I wish they’d go away.” 

Posts that contain vulgar or abusive language targeted at any group, be it ethnic, racial, religious, class-related, etc. Not sure why we’d have to spell this out, but we do.

Conversation killers. A comment that doesn’t add to the conversation because it changes the subject, wanders off onto a tangent, or attempts to bait readers into an off topic discussion may be removed.

Content that knowingly violates the copyright, trademark, or trade secret of any individual or entity.

Deadhorsing. This is a totally made-up word.  Avoid repeating yourself ad nauseum at the expense of ongoing dialogue.  We love to hear all sides, all opinions and debate is absolutely welcome here, but dead horses should be tied up outside on a hitch. If your fellow Cousteauer expresses that you sound like a broken record, they may be right. 

Your mom was right, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Note: repeat offenders and known trolls may find their IP addresses banned.



All edits, post removals, and user actions are at the sole discretion of Rock Cousteau and its moderators, and are subject to appeal only if you can somehow establish that you’ve seen the error of your ways AND if we are having a good day. Otherwise, post-removal decisions are final.  Usually if you find yourself being moderated, you’ll find that if you go back and attempt to say the same thing while trying to be a bit nicer that very same opinion will be entirely welcomed.


What about the First Amendment and MY right to Free Speech?

Rock Cousteau thoroughly supports the right to free speech. We firmly believe you have the right to host what you want on your own website (so long, of course, as it doesn’t violate anyone else’s legal rights) – and we have that right too. Thus, if one of the things we don’t want on our site is your comment, we reserve the right to simply remove it.  We would like to be as hands-off as possible and let you enjoy open discourse, however we will always retain the right and the responsibility to maintain this space in the manner consistent with the atmosphere we hope to create for our visitors.

You’ll never find one of your posts removed if you remain true to the policies and guidelines posted here. You won’t ever be censored just because we disagree with your opinion. If you find you ever do feel you were unduly censored from posting your opinions to the Rock Cousteau comments forum, please do feel free to start your own blog to talk about those feelings.


Linking Policies

Rock Cousteau has a limit of one (1) relevant URL per post. Posts containing irrelevant, off-topic, vulgar, immaterially commercial, or just nasty links will be removed.


Deleting Old Comments

If you feel you have a valid reason for asking to have a previous comment removed, you can contact the moderators and make your case; however, the default answer is no.

This is a living, breathing document and may be updated over time. We welcome your help in upholding these policies.  Please report unacceptable content through via our contact page.

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