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Rover Netiquette

A few hermits out there in print-land may not have heard, but it was recently Anti-Bullying Week (Nov 19-23). And before that itwas Bullying Awareness Week (Nov 12-17). At Rover, we take the issue seriously.

While there may not be a direct link between the horror of bullying and the ongoing discourse on net etiquette (netiquette), we hereby acknowledge that our site needs to come forth with a policy on where we draw the line between lively debate and offense.

To that end, Rover has formulated a statement of policy regarding contributions to the site. Our policy applies to writers and editors as well as to people who leave comments, which also includes our writers when they respond to comments.

Conversation is what the world is all about these days. Rover has posted more than 4,000 comments since we launched in 2008. We value your remarks. Please let us know what you think of the new policy:

Rover Netiquette Policy

As an Independent Review of Art and Culture, Rover considers reader comment an integral part of our site. Just as all posts are edited, all comments are reviewed by an editor before posting.

The following guidelines constitute our comment policy:

  1. Personal attacks, defamatory statements, threats or invasion of privacy will not be tolerated. Do not include personal contact information. Offensive language will not be posted.
  2. Hyperlinks to external sites are allowed, providing they respect netiquette policy. Rover is not responsible for the content on external sites.
  3. Violation of these terms will result in your comment being declined or removed.
  4. If an error in fact has been posed and noticed, it will be corrected. Rover reserves the final decision.
  5. Remember that your comment will become part of Rover archival content for an indefinite time, indexed and searchable worldwide. Think before you press send: we are under no obligation to remove your comment when or if you cool down.
  6. Humour, exaggeration, irony and other such time-honored rhetorical devices are a fundamental part of debate. So is passion. A sense of humour and fair play is fundamental to our code of ethics and honor. Rover encourages lively debate and will not be bullied by readers or writers suffering from insensitivity to humour. We reserve the right to define humour, irony and the limits of passion.


Netiquette /net-i-ket/, Noun: 1. The social code of network communication. 2. The social and moral code of the internet based on the human condition and Golden Rule of Netiquette. 3. A philosophy of effective internet communication that utilizes common conventions and norms as a guide for rules and standards.

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PS: Many thanks to Donovan King who spearheaded this overdue project.

  • 2 Responses to “Rover Netiquette”

    1. Arthur Holden

      This is a great initiative, Marianne, and fully in keeping with Rover's smart and classy way of doing things.


      A special word of thanks, as well, to Donovan.


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