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Community Standards and Participation Guidelines


Last updated: December 2020

We want to be a place for respectful discussion. has a firm commitment to freedom of speech. By posting, you’ll be contributing to a community that expects intelligent, fact-based information. We want the discussion of a recipe or blog post to be, if anything, more illuminating than the original post and we need your help to do that. Follow these guidelines to help keep things on track.

In brief


  • Don’t attack people and don’t respond to attacks – report them and move on

  • Keep your comments on topic and constructive

  • Take responsibility for the quality of the conversations you take part in

  • Above all, respect others and their opinions.

Be you

Though we don't require real names, you are encouraged to interact using your real name. We reserve the right to delete comments made under inappropriate aliases.

You can change your alias on your profile page.

Be considerate

We’re here to talk about food, cooking and recipes, not religion, politics or any other topic that can lead to "tribalistic" exchanges.

We’ll delete: personal attacks directed at anyone; all forms of discrimination (or posts that could be interpreted as such); posts we believe exist only to provoke or mislead; posts identifying or sharing the personal information of another person (including children) without their consent; and comments that are commercial or contain repeatedly shared external links.

Be respectful

Treat people with the respect you’d like to receive. Admit when you’re wrong. You’ll come across opinions you disagree with. That doesn’t make them invalid.

Be on-topic

Keep comments relevant to the article and replies relevant to the initiating post. We reserve the right to delete off-topic comments to keep threads on track.

Be constructive

Explain why you disagree or agree with something. Your reasoning is as important as your opinion.

“This article sucks” - will be deleted.

“I disagree with this post. Here’s why…” - won’t be deleted.

“You’re an idiot” - will be deleted.

“Have you considered…” - won’t be deleted.

Back up your ideas with evidence and fact where possible. If you’re claiming something as fact, try to provide credible references. Ask any questions you have for the author or your fellow commenters.

Aim to add a new idea to each approach rather than repeating what’s already been said. Move on if things get stuck.

We’ll distinguish between constructive comments and trolling. We’ll remove any deliberate attempts to misinform, distort facts or misrepresent the opinions of others.

Be legal

Don’t post anything that may put us in legal jeopardy – nothing defamatory, nothing in breach of copyright. Any such comments will be deleted.

Be proactive

Take responsibility for the quality of the conversations you participate in; only reply to things you consider worth your attention.

Report posts you think violate these standards. Tell people when they post something you appreciate. Click the ‘heart’ button on their comment and sharing it with others.

What we’ll do

We reserve the right to remove comments that breach these standards and lock accounts of commenters who breach them repeatedly.

Replies to comments that have been deleted may themselves be deleted, either to remove the thread or because they don’t make sense out of context. Comments may be closed if these standards aren’t met.

As per our policy on removing content, we will only remove comments that don’t violate these standards in exceptional circumstances.

We won’t discuss moderation on the site. If you need to discuss anything, contact our Community Manager:

Moderation disputes are handled by our Community Manager and escalated to our Managing Editor.

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