Community Rules

This statement describes rules and guidelines for American Scientist Disqus users who post comments to the website located at These rules also govern use of American Scientist social media services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.) that permit uploading or posting of user-generated content. American Scientist expects its community participants to observe the following guidelines whether on or social media sites:

Illegal activity will not be tolerated: Participating in, suggesting, or encouraging any illegal activity is cause for immediate removal and blockage of a user’s participation on any affiliated American Scientist site.

Observe copyright and trademark laws: The posting of copyrighted videos, photos, articles or other material beyond what is protected as fair use is not allowed, and American Scientist may remove such posts from any site it controls. Do not pass off someone else’s trademark as your own. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society will not be held accountable if someone posts copyrighted content but will promptly address the issue in a legal and responsible manner.

Regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA): Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society will respond to reports of alleged copyright infringement on American Scientist’s blog. Section 512 of DMCA outlines the statutory requirements necessary for formally reporting copyright infringement, as well as providing instructions on how an affected party can appeal a removal by submitting a compliant counter-notice.

Spam and Solicitation will not be tolerated: Posting the same message to one or many articles, blogs, or other online items is considered spam. Posts containing unsolicited personal or commercial solicitations or advertising from the site it controls is considered solicitation. Both types of comments will be removed and the user marked as spam.

Stay on topic: This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article or an "open thread". Comments that are off-topic may be removed or edited.

Be respectful of other commenters: Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment. All communications should be civil and respectful. Differences of opinion are expected; personal attacks are not. Additionally, tools made available to help, such as the Flag as Inappropriate button, should not be used to censor views or to bully other users.

Comments or content that are violent, threatening, abusive, sexually explicit, obscene, offensive, hateful, derogatory, defamatory, or are racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable, will not be tolerated.

Don’t feed the trolls: Trolling or harassing of others as well as the making of multiple accounts for the purpose of trolling or harassing is prohibited.

Protect your privacy and respect the privacy of others: Do not post personal or any other information that you do not want made public and don’t post another person’s personal information that may harm his or her privacy.

Don’t upload or post inappropriate content: Any posts with inappropriate, pornographic or shocking content will be removed resulting in the user being banned.

We reserve the right to remove or edit comments: Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, off-topic, over 1,000 words in length, or harassing may be removed or edited.

Contact our moderators if you have questions or concerns: We can be reached at: online ‘at’ amsci ‘dot’ org. Thank you for your understanding and interest.

American Scientist uses the free community discussion system Disqus for its website commenting purposes. Please click here for to view Disqus’ terms and conditions:

Regarding blogs:
The opinions expressed in AmSci Blogs are those of the author(s). They do not reflect Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society’s policy, endorsement, or action, and Sigma Xi does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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