Guidelines

These are not polite suggestions, these are codes of behavior and those of you that ignore them will pay the dearest cost.


What to Submit

On-Topic: Anything that mainstream news doesn't cover, the left and right. That includes more than politics and criminal. Swinton Report is a search for the truth, so don't post fiction. If you had to reduce it to a sentence, the answer might be: anything that gratifies one's intellectual curiosity which is truthful and verifiable.

Off-Topic: Most stories about sports, unless they're evidence of some interesting new phenomenon. Videos of pratfalls or disasters, or cute animal pictures. If they'd cover it on TV news, it's probably off-topic.

In Submissions

Please don't do things to make titles stand out, like using uppercase or exclamation points, or adding a parenthetical remark saying how great an article is. It's implicit in submitting something that you think it's important.

If you submit a link to a video or pdf, please warn us by appending [video] or [pdf] to the title.

Please submit the original source. If a blog post reports on something they found on another site, submit the latter.

If the original title includes the name of the site, please take it out, because the site name will be displayed after the link anyway.

If the original title begins with a number or number + gratuitous adjective, we'd appreciate it if you'd crop it. E.g. translate "10 Ways To Do X" to "How To Do X," and "14 Amazing Ys" to "Ys." Exception: when the number is meaningful, e.g. "The 5 Platonic Solids."

Otherwise please use the original title, unless it is misleading or linkbait.

Don't abuse the text field in the submission form to add commentary to links. The text field is for starting discussions. If you're submitting a link, put it in the url field. If you want to add initial commentary on the link, write a blog post about it and submit that instead.

Please don't submit so many links at once that the new page is dominated by your submissions.

In Comments

Be civil. Don't say things you wouldn't say in a face to face conversation.

When disagreeing, please reply to the argument instead of calling names. E.g. "That is an idiotic thing to say; 1 + 1 is 2, not 3" can be shortened to "1 + 1 is 2, not 3."

Please avoid introducing classic flamewar topics unless you have something genuinely new to say about them.

Please don't sign comments, especially with your url. They're already signed with your username. If other users want to learn more about you, they can click on it to see your profile.

Please don't use uppercase for emphasis.

If your account is less than a year old, please don't submit comments saying that SR is turning into Reddit. (It's a common semi-noob illusion.)

Resist complaining about being downmodded. It never does any good, and it makes boring reading.

Please don't bait other users by inviting them to downmod you.