Comment policy

THIS IS NOT A FREE-FOR-ALL

But we are friendly if you are. Moderators have full discretion on whether to approve any comments to the stories.

Please note that we do not write the news stories we link to, we frame it to emphasize critical thought and add context. If you do not like what the news is about, we can’t help that.

It is our opinion that moderation is the key to keeping the topic on track and avoid the spiral of lame arguments and profanity that drags down any progress on the subject. We want comments that ADD to the interpretation of the story. Therefore, this is a heavily moderated site. We appreciate your input on stories, questions, and questions for other commentators. Additional info you can add to the story is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED but it should be verifiable. I like to think of the DN comments more as “letters to the editor” so keep that in mind. The editor only prints the best stuff.

We moderate in accordance with staying true to the goals of the site, that is, it is science-based. So, if you are simply against the tested, established scientific consensus on a topic, you face a high hurdle here. Damage control comments will likely NOT be approved and we will not provide a platform for unsupported views. If you present your argument civilly, without pointing to propaganda sites, please pass on information, even if dissenting. Questions are very welcome.

For clarification, here are some guidelines for commenting.

1. All viewpoints are welcome. However, incivility is not tolerated. If you just put forth your story without evidence, it may not get through. There is already a boatload of testimonials in support of nonsense on the web. They are rarely allowed here. This is a science-based blog, that is, the scientific consensus is respected here. If you go about saying “this, that or another thing” is “fact” (example: cold fusion) and point to a propaganda site, your comment will likely not be approved (especially if you are derogatory). Sorry, there is enough junk out on the web. This site attempts to counteract the misinformation. If you are an alt med fan or chiropractor or feel personally offended by the story, please note we take a critical stand towards superstitious or paranormal worldviews. Attempts at counteracting bad press for your cause will not be allowed.

2. No name calling or provoking.  If you tell me I am an idiot, your comment will be deleted since that is MOST unhelpful. Sexism, prejudice or hate speech is not tolerated here. If comments get personal or you make some insulting remark, you will be banned. Start your own blog or go to the many places that allow such low discourse. This is not it.

3. Please no ranty posts about God and religion, New Age ideas, conspiracies, miracle cures, or supernatural Bigfoot. There is a good chance they will be deleted and/or I will block you. Keep to the topic at hand. Keep it brief. Note that posts with multiple URLs are automatically sent to moderation. I usually will approve them but sometimes they are propaganda posters and will not.

4. This is NOT a forum. Continued posting on the same thread just to argue is frowned upon and will be curtailed.

Got a problem or issue? Contact us directly. It can be sent to editor@doubtfulnews.com. If you feel the moderation or comments have been unfair, let us know. We’re sorry that authors can’t respond to every comment individually.

Please read this piece about the privilege of commenting.

PERSONAL BLOGS ARE NOT A PUBLIC FREE-FOR-ALL

JUST BECAUSE WE MODERATE COMMENTS DOES NOT MEAN WE RESTRICT FREE SPEECH.

YOU ARE FREE TO WRITE YOUR OWN BLOG WITH WHATEVER INFORMATION YOU CHOOSE.

Feedback is welcome via email.

Editor, Sharon Hill

  15 comments for “Comment policy

  1. JC
    May 3, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Excellent policy. Just found your site link @ Randi education. I like your work – will tell friends & family.

    Keeping it real….JC

  2. LedHead4Life
    May 8, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    I found this website in the same way through the James Randi Educational foundation. I think I’m going to add this as a bookmark haha i find much of whats posted up here either very interesting or downright hilarious!

  3. May 8, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Thanks guys! Much appreciated.

    • Chris
      October 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      I am confused. Is this site for people with interest in the Occult? Or is it for people who really have a an interest in hating the Occult?
      Like if all of the Occult stuff is so doubtful than why even pay attention to it at all??

      • October 24, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        That is a complicated question. Please read the about page for our philosophy. I, as the editor, am interested in the paranormal but specifically related to the public. Things are more complicated than just belief in the occult.

        • Chris
          October 24, 2014 at 5:02 PM

          Thanks for the video. I hear ya. I am very interested in the occult as well, although I have a very very healthy sense of skepticism. I like to believe and think there are cool mysterious things in the world other than the boring norm. But I do believe that some of these things exist IE:Spirits,Demons). One episode of Ghost Adventures sent me in that direction. A skeptic science guy had equipment that only measured real matter. And it measured a human shaped mass with nobody there. I mean…has to be real? Do I believe 100%……..not sure. But I want to.
          I just don’t like people that poke fun at it and always say its fake no matter what they see. Their like, lets see it on camera! Than they do and say, that’s BS. I don’t really understand why they watch or even talk about it if they think is just non-sense. I mean there isn’t a group talking about how unicorn do not exist, ya know? Because we all know it doesn’t and it is ridiculous to even argue that it doesn’t.
          Like the site. Nice job.

  4. luvmyGod4eva
    May 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    In your response to the article about the sacrifice of children I would argue their actions stem from IGNORANCE and FEAR along with superstition. I think it’s grossly unfair to assume “poverty” is automatically a contributing factor. This kind of crime is horrendous, but your comment insinuates children are valued less by the poor in these regions. :(

    • May 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      This is in the wrong place. Please comment under the appropriate article.

      And I thought you weren’t going to visit anymore?

  5. G Thomas
    May 31, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Excellent Site !!

  6. P.R. Weinand
    July 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    I am an atheist free-thinker. Yet, I have experienced some things that I cannot explain. I have actually seen a “ghost”; it was a full body apparition, that is, it was not a shadow nor was it an “orb”. I am not a drunk, neither am I a drug user. I am a rational professional. I rely on science to explain this, in the end. I am sure that science can, and will, find the answer. I only hope that reasonable people can speak up without fear of ridicule to solve these mysteries. There is something going on, since the dawn of recorded history, and if we, the people that believe in the scientific methods, cannot study these phenomenoms, ie; UFOs, ghosts and such in a rational manner, well then, we are no better than the religious folks.

    • Tombolian
      September 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      P.R., if you can’t explain what you saw, why do you? Even to the point of labeling it a ‘ghost’? If you can truly think freely, might you consider that it was a halucination, not necessarily caused by drugs nor alcohol? These things do exist in the realm of science as they have been proved time and again, as opposed to ghosts.
      …just something to consider…

  7. July 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Sorry I couldn’t find a contact section. In my IE8 browser your site menue at the top lists an About Doubtful News Link but when my mouse hovers over it then it changes to Supporters and Sponsors and if my mouse hovers over that text it links the sponsors page but if my mouse is to the right of the Sponsors’ text it links to the About page.

  8. July 23, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    It doesn’t show up that way on my IE8. I use IE9 at home and can see it fine, just thought you’d want to know for compatibility.

  9. keith
    August 24, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I myself am a Skeptoid follower so when i found your blog i felt like i was at home. Thank you so much.
    keith

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