Rule #1 – Make thoughtful and positive comments. Thoughtful in both senses: both substantial and civil.
The test for substance is this. Does your comment teach us anything? There are two ways to do that: by pointing out some consideration that hasn’t previously been mentioned, and by giving more information about the topic, perhaps from personal experience. Empty comments can be ok if they’re positive. There’s nothing wrong with submitting a comment just saying “Thanks.” What we especially discourage are comments that are empty and negative. Doing so will get you reported and probably moderated if it hasn’t already been picked up by our auto filters.
However our most important principle on RiotACT is civility. We’re well aware that the anonymity of online conversation has lured people into being much ruder than they’d dare to be in person. So the principle here is not to say anything you wouldn’t say face to face. This doesn’t mean you can’t disagree. But disagree without calling the other person names or being inflamatory. If you’re right, your argument will be more convincing without them. Pretend as if you’re visiting someone else’s home when you leave a comment. Comments have the ability to build up or tear down your reputation. They are a permanent record of who you are and what you stand for – so take care – be gracious – make sure they add value (not only to RiotACT but also to your own online persona and profile).
Rule #2 – Refer to rule 1.