By default, comments are open on articles published to Medium.com.
This provides a useful interface for readers to engage with Medium.com content creators. I enjoy receiving comments!
Content creators are also able to manually close discussion on articles they have posted to Medium. I have sometimes exercised that option.
This comments policy is intended to provide clarity on what kind of discussion I may (very occasionally) moderate. Or on why and when I might choose to disable comments.
Not Allowed: Hate / Bullying
After publishing a string of articles related to cyberbullying, I received a number of abusive comments from Redditors who set up accounts on Medium solely in order to continue slinging slurs.
As manually removing this often obnoxious comments took a few minutes, I subsequently closed the discussion. I have chosen to preemptively close the discussion on any topic I publish that is likely to attract the attention of trolls.
Not Allowed: Abuse And Hate
The above rule is intended to cover instances in which I am the target of abuse and hatred spread by others.
Of course, it’s also entirely that those commenting on my Medium articles will be spreading hate against other ethnic groups. I will do my best to remove these comments as soon as I am able to.
Comments should also abide by Medium’s latest distributed version of its rules. These can be found here: