Comment Policy – Totally Barbados

Community Code of Conduct

Let’s take a minute to talk about the “Comment Policy” everyone is expected to follow when posting comments within the Totally Barbados community.

We want to develop a helpful community that welcomes feedback, reviews and new ideas for locals and visitors to Barbados.

We want you to feel at home when you post a comment on Totally Barbados. We want everyone to feel at home posting comments on Totally Barbados.

Therefore, we reserve the right to delete comments and ban users as needed to keep the comment threads here civil and substantive.

Our No. 1 house rule is simple: Don’t be a jerk.

Please note that comments and reviews may not be removed merely because the subscriber does not like the content of the discussion, or because the report is unfavorable. Even the best service businesses have unhappy customers from time to time.

Totally Barbados encourages its community to demonstrate to existing and prospective members that the subscriber cares about its customers, and is responsive to their comments. Even negative reviews, when well handled, can lead to the improvement of a subscriber’s reputation.

Here’s what we like to see in Comments

— Keep it simple, short, polite, and to the point.
— Make your comments objective, useful and informative.
— Be specific to give the reader a feel for your experience.
— Provide smart, informed comments, suggestions, and ideas that contribute to the story or place.
— Give us useful, constructive criticism.
— Write about the kind of information you would want when you are asking a friend or coworker for a recommendation.
— Did the experience meet your expectations?
— Would you go back?
— Would you recommend this business?
— Write short sentences that stick to the highlights of your experience.
— The recommended length for comments is 24 to 100 words.
— Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom, and humor we know you possess.

Here are some of the kinds of comments we’re going to do our best to curtail

— Promoting your brand, place, product, or blog. Please don’t do this.
— Impersonating authors or other commenters. We can’t believe we have to say this, but: Don’t do that. It’s weird.
— Comments that make it clear you didn’t read the article.
— Comments that are entirely out of left field. Sometimes discussions veer off a bit but are still related to the original subject. That is fine. Hijacking the conversation to promote off-topic commentary is not.
— Threats — no matter how vague — against the author or other commenters. Things can get heated. Before you casually mention your foe’s home address, think of your Mother Earth.
— Racism, sexism, homophobia, you get the drift.
— Trolling. If you’re a climate denier just out for a good trolling and are not contributing meaningfully to the conversation, we’ll be pushing you back under the bridge.

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