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Comment Etiquette

firstoffthebike.com is the largest community of triathletes in Australia. There are tens of thousands of triathletes on the site from over 50 countries around the globe who want what is best for triathlon. We’re constantly working to elevate the quality of our site and hope you can help by elevating the quality of your posts and comments. When commenting, try to follow the guidelines below and respect your fellow triathletes, we all share the same love for the sport. Comments on this site do not reflect the views of three degrees sports pty ltd and staff.

1. Explain your criticism

Disagree with or dislike a comment, photo, video or article? Feel free to get it off your chest, but explain your reasoning as thoroughly as you can. Think about how your comment can help the person who posted the content. Comments like ‘lame’, ‘its ugly’ or ‘this sucks’ don’t add anything productive to the conversation and will be deleted. Try to be positive and helpful whenever possible and just remember, if you have nothing nice to say, it’s probably best to keep it to yourself.

2. Read before commenting

Before asking a question that seems obvious, read the comments as it’s probably already been asked. If you want to know what the song in the video is, look around, it has probably already been answered.

3. How issues are dealt with

Please ‘report’ any issues you have with users comments by emailing feedback [at] firstoffthebike [dot] com. Don’t engage in flame wars as it will just result in the both of you kicked out.

How firstoffthebike.com moderators deal with issues

All deleted comments, warnings and suspensions are visible to all moderators so a history is kept to find users constantly causing problems
Small issues – Comment deleted, user notified
Constant problems or severe problem – User warned and temporarily suspended
And more problems – IP Ban and firstoffthebike.com no longer shows up to the user

Why was my comment deleted?

In an conversation it’s important to stay on topic. We rarely moderate comments, but with the growth of the readership comes greater responsibility to make sure that all comments are appropriate.

  • Stay on topic. If you have nothing to add to this topic, just don’t. Probably tomorrow there will be something that you can contribute to.
  • You make a point but can’t refrain from adding snipe and derogatory comments. Cheer up. Make your point without being rude.
  • You did not explain your criticism. Ex. I hate this product (deleted). I hate this product because the down tube is much shorter than product y and it impacts my riding (ok)
  • Trolling. A troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional or disciplinary response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion
  • Spamming. You are making the same comment over and over. You are posting links to other random content.

Just remember one golden rule before responding to someone’s comment: no one ever wins an argument on the internet!

Thanks to Wade at cyclingtips.com for taking the lead on Comment Etiquette.

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