comments-policy

Licensed via Creative Commons, via http://xkcd.com/481/

Licensed via Creative Commons, via XKCD

Our comments section is provided as a courtesy to our readers and is made available to foster constructive conversations. Note the words “constructive” and “conversation”. These policies are here to ensure an enjoyable and educational experience for everyone, from riders to shop and industry folks. If you leave a comment on any post, it means you agree to these terms:

1. BE CONSTRUCTIVE
Comments should ideally add something to the conversation. Statements like “That brand sucks” or “That person’s an idiot” add nothing, are a waste of time and will be deleted.

It’s easy to say something sucks, but it’s about as helpful as a flat tire. It’s much better to explain how you’d improve/fix/change something. And let us know what’s informing your opinion: Do you work in the industry? Have you worked on the same bike or component in your shop? Ridden the same part for years?

If you haven’t read the entire article and comment thread, you’re not ready to comment. That’s like saying a bike sucks without ever having ridden it, which is also frowned upon.

2. BE PATIENT
First-time commenters and those who tend to push the boundaries of these terms will have their comments held for approval before publishing. Also, comments with multiple hyperlinks will be held for approval.

3. BE WARNED
We reserve the right to edit language/grammar and/or delete anyone’s comment. Obscene, racist, sexist or any other language that Bikerumor’s editors, in their sole discretion, find objectionable shall be deleted in full. Repeat offenders will be blocked permanently. We strictly enforce this.

Baseless, unsubstantiated personal attacks on other commenters, readers, Bikerumor’s writers and editors or the people and brands written about in our posts will not be tolerated. If you disagree with someone’s comments, story or products, state your case politely and back it up. Our comments section is not a customer service forum for you to gripe to a brand. Contact the brand directly about such things.

We have no duty to delete or modify any comment, but we may do so at the author’s request at our sole discretion IF such edit would not cause confusion by removing relevant context from the conversation. In other words, please try to get it right the first time.

Lastly, make sure the comment and content you’re posting is your own and is legal. Posting someone else’s intellectual property or criminal material is wrong, and we will turn over any identifying information to the authorities as required by law (Bikerumor collects your email address and IP address for each comment).