Article Posting Policy
We welcome articles on virtually any topic as long as they are informative, truthful, non-libellous, and do not promote hate speech, generalizations or violence against any person or group.
Articles that promote a local business's products or services are allowed as long as the focus is disseminating helpful or educational information of value to our community. Flat-out sales pitches with little meaningful content will be rejected or removed.
If you want a free profile page for your business, please add a listing in the Directory
Comment Posting Policy
Keep it civil aka don’t be a jerk.
We built the Powell River Community Post (ComPost) specifically to encourage community engagement. We’re likely going to get into the thick of a lot of heated discussions on this site and that’s okay, however we will remove comments if they contravene our rules of engagement outlined below. We will also ban community members from participating in discussions if the infractions are severe and/or repeated.
ComPost vs Compost
Your garden-variety compost (the kind worms love) produces the richest foundation for a thriving garden when comprised of a wide range of quality materials. It gets a little unruly and offensive at times, but the rich foundation for growth it provides is well worth the endeavour.
So too, the Powell River Connect ComPost is at its best when comprised of a wide variety of well thought ideas, opinions and comments. We believe that encouraging the sharing of knowledge and ideas is vital to the growth of the Powell River community at large. We welcome everyone's point of view, and it's very likely someone along the way will be offended by something they read here on the ComPost. That's OK because adults can be offended and still be respectful in their engagements and rebuttals.
If you can't bide by the rules of engagement outlined below, your comment(s) will be removed and you may be banned from further participation. It brings us no joy to have to go there, but you wouldn't allow doggy poo in your rich garden compost would you? Likewise, we don't allow toxic or disrespectful articles and comments anywhere on the ComPost site.
Commenting Rules of Engagement
Discussions often entail topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately defend. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to remember to criticize ideas, not people.
So, remember to avoid:
• basing your post on irrelevant fallacies
• Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
• knee-jerk contradiction
Comments that we find to be hateful, inflammatory, or harassing may be removed. If you don’t have something nice to say about another user, don't say it. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.
Always strive to add value to every interaction and discussion you participate in
There are a lot of discussions that happen every day on the Powell River ComPost. Before joining in a discussion, browse through some of the most recent and active discussions happening in the community, especially if you’re new there.
If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
If you see something, say something
Moderators are at the forefront of combatting spam, mediating disputes and enforcing community guidelines and, so are you.
If you see an issue, contact the moderators if possible or flag any comments for review. If you believe someone has violated the Basic Rules, report it to us.
Be sure your topic matches the general theme of the channel. Not sure if you’re posting to the right channel? Check the channel’s About section, or recently-added discussions to get an idea of what subjects are appropriate.
No Self-promotion in comments
A discussion or comment that contains only a link to your blog, a product, or your article on another site will almost always be removed. Want to promote yourself? Write an informative, educational article about topics that merge with your specialties or offerings.
Choose Your (Curse) Words Wisely
Comments that contain profanity are automatically held for moderator review before being posted. Depending on the context of the comment, it may be removed. Profanity used to insult, antagonize, or inflame will always be removed.
Don’t Be a Jerk
Personal attacks and harassment will not be tolerated. Sexist, racist, misogynist, homophobic, and broad, offensive generalizations about groups of people are simply not allowed. Comments or discussions written intentionally to provoke will also be removed.
We have a vibrant french community in Powell River, however at the moment we do not have french-speaking moderators and can only support English discussions on the ComPost. Non-English comments and discussions will be removed. If you speak french and would like to join our volunteer moderating team, please contact us!
Avoid Irrelevant Fallacies
Please check your comment for any of these irrelevant fallacies (as outlined in Peg Tittle's book Critical Thinking: An Appeal To Reason)
- Ad hominem: character– the person who created the argument is evil; therefore the argument is unacceptable. (Or the reverse).
- Ad hominem: tu quoque– the person making the argument doesn’t practice what she preaches. You say, it’s wrong to hunt but you eat meat.
- Ad hominem: poisoning the well— the person making the argument has something to gain. He’s not disinterested.
- Genetic fallacy– considering the origin, not the argument. The idea came to you in a dream. That’s not acceptable.
- Inappropriate standard: authority– An authority may claim to be an expert but experts are biased in predictable ways.
- Inappropriate standard: tradition – we accept something because we have traditionally accepted it. But traditions are often fabricated.
- Inappropriate standard: common practice – just because everybody’s doing it doesn’t make it true. Appeals to inertia and status quo.Example: most people peel bananas from the “wrong” end.
- Inappropriate standard: moderation/extreme – claims that an argument is true (or false) because it is too extreme (or too moderate). AKA the Fallacy of the Golden Mean.
- Appeal to popularity: bandwagon effect– just because an idea is popular doesn’t make it true. Often found in ads.
- Appeal to popularity: elites – only a few can make the grade or be admitted. Many are called; few are chosen.
- Two wrongs –our competitors have cheated, therefore, it’s acceptable for us to cheat.
- Going off topic: straw man or paper tiger– misrepresenting the other side. Responding to an argument that is not the argument presented.
- Going off topic: red herring – a false scent that leads the argument astray. Person 1: We shouldn’t do that. Person 2: If we don’t do it, someone else will.
- Going off topic: non sequitir – making a statement that doesn’t follow logically from its antecedents. Person 1: We should feed the poor. Person 2: You’re a communist.
- Appeals to emotion– incorporating emotions to assess truth rather than using logic. You say we should kill millions of chickens to stop the avian flu. That’s disgusting.