Comment policy


This site attempts to counteract misinformation. It is not a forum, nor a place to debate claims. Therefore, we will not allow the comments section to be a platform for outside misinformation. We heavily moderate the comments section to only include worthwhile contributions by our discretion.

  1. Comments should ADD to the interpretation of the story, especially if you are involved in the story. Additional info you can add is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED but it should be verifiable. Putting in your “two cents” is discouraged.
  2. Questions on the story and for other commentators are welcome if cordial.
  3. This is a science-based site.  We will delete propaganda, invitations for debate, pseudoscience, or faith-based comments. We moderate in accordance with staying true to the goals of the site, so, if you are simply against the established scientific consensus on a topic, or just want to argue, comments will not be approved.
  4. Comments longer than the original post are unlikely to be approved. Feel free to include a link to more information instead.
  5. Try to keep comments specifically to the topic of the story. Comments too far afield may be removed.
  6. Overcommenting on one or many threads is not appreciated. Continued posting on the same thread just to argue will be curtailed.
  7. Incivility, name-calling, sexist or prejudiced remarks are not allowed.
  8. A comment that is grammatically incomprehensible will not be allowed.
  9. 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.

If you feel the moderation behavior has been in error, send an email to We’re sorry that authors can’t respond to every comment individually.

Finallly, we reserve the right to approve really silly or dumb comments for a good laugh or illustrative purposes – it’s our site.

Please read this piece about the privilege of commenting.




Editor, Sharon Hill

  18 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.

  10. Erik
    January 22, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    I was wondering why, on your “No Go To” list, you have not included sites like Fox News or News Max. Sites Like Media Matters and FAIR.Org are constantly debunking their claims and misinformation. I love the idea of this website and I hope it grows. Please stay true.

    • January 22, 2015 at 2:13 PM

      That list is only for fake news sites or mystery mongering sites that commonly come up. Fox is a real news site, if biased. And, I couldn’t list all the fakers.

  11. Daniel Harrington
    June 2, 2015 at 4:21 AM

    Hey Doubtful,

    Your stark objectives to find information that is accurate gives me hope… that is great and we need more of it these days. There’s a lot of crap on the internet and its killing any hope of mainstream acceptance of fringe topics which muster some validity.

    At the same time, closed-mindedness can often times truncate an accurate understanding of reality.
    So if your objective is to expose the truth, impartiality is key. The truth will speak for itself.

    Thank you for your skepticism.

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