TLDR: Do not do anything illegal or violate regulations on appropriate speech. Use your common sense.

While we unconditionally support the right to the freedom of speech, there are however restrictions we have to enforce as a result of Canadian law and the policies of our service provider, Disqus.

The following are not allowed anywhere on Disqus:

  • Targeted harassment or encouraging others to do so
    Hate speech and other forms of targeted and systematic harassment of people have no place on Disqus, nor do we tolerate communities dedicated to fostering harassing behavior.
  • Spam
    Examples include 1) comments posted in large quantities to promote a product or service, 2) the exact same comment posted repeatedly to disrupt a thread. 3) following users multiple times
  • Impersonation
    You may not impersonate others in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others.
  • Direct threat of harm
    This covers active threats of harm directed towards a specific person or defined group of individuals. Contact local authorities if you feel a crime has been committed or is imminent.
  • Posting personally identifiable information
    Examples of protected information: credit card number, home/work address, phone number, email address, social security number. Real name isn't currently covered.
  • Inappropriate profile content
    Graphic media containing violence and pornographic content are not allowed. Profile content allowed by Disqus may not be allowed on all communities, so report such profiles to the site moderator.

While Disqus doesn't specifically define what "hate speech" is, Canadian law prohibits the following:

  • Section 318:  Advocate genocide
  • Section 319(1):  Publicly incite hatred
  • Section 319(2):  Promote hatred

By following these policies, you're making our lives easier. We don't want to deal with hate speech regulations of any kind.