First, my favorite rules joke of all time: From The Simpsons episode “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation,” in which Homer goes to a Rock ‘N’ Roll fantasy camp:
Here are the Daily Dose Rules of Engagement:
#1 I will try not to delete comments if I can avoid it. Sometimes, I’ll edit them with a note to the commenter on how to fix the problem.
#2 Disagreements are fine, and once you get to know everyone here, good-natured trash talk is encouraged. Name-calling, personal attacks, and unwarranted dickishness are grounds for deletion. Think of Daily Dose as a neighborhood bar.
#3 If you really want to be a dick, leave your comments at AOL. I won’t read them, probably, but more people will know what a dick you think I am, so it’s a win-win.
#4 I’m not gonna tell you what to write, but I’m interested in mainstream politics, not tin foil, black helicopter shit.
#5 Cursing: It is allowed, even encouraged, given the right context. I don’t want to “See You Next Tuesday,” though, or anything that is remotely hostile to LGBTQ, any race, religion, or gender. The lines here are blurry, so don’t be pissed off at me if I delete something.
#6 Let me reiterate: Don’t be a dick.
#7 I am allowed to be a dick. Otherwise, there’d be no website. Sorry.
#8 No outside food.