We want you to feel at home when you post a comment on Time For Retirement. We want everyone to feel at home posting comments here. We don’t know what your home is like, but we know how we expect people to behave when they visit ours. That’s why we reserve the right to delete comments and ban users as needed to keep the comment threads here civil and substantive.

Our No. 1 house rule is simple: Don’t be a jerk.

Want to be the kind of commenter we’d love to bring home to Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s what we like to see in comments:

  • Give us ideas that take the story further.
    Many heads are better than one!

  • Give us constructive criticism. Spot a typo or an error? Let us know and we will correct it.

  • Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom, and humor we know you possess.

  • Don’t feed the trolls. You don’t have to get into an intellectual duel with an unarmed person. Downvote and flag comments instead.

Although we can’t be everywhere at once, here are some of the kinds of comments we’re going to do our best to curtail:

  • Promoting your own brand, product, or blog.  Please don’t spam here.  Make some hot pins to Pinterest instead.  If you want to talk about a product on this site, please go to the contact page.

  • Impersonating authors or other commenters. We can’t believe we have to say this, but: Don’t do that. It’s weird.

  • Comments that make it clear you didn’t read the article. It will be more helpful if you get through the post and then let me know what you’d like to see.

  • Comments that are completely out of left field. Sometimes discussions veer off a bit, but are still related to the original subject. That is fine. Off-topic commentary is not.

  • Threats — no matter how vague — against the author or other commenters. Things can get heated. Turn it down.  Go breathe or get a drink of water.  Nobody wants to be uneasy talking to you.

  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, namecalling and stone throwing.  Absolutely not allowed.  If you need to attack someone, join the Army.

  • Trolling. Again, we’re here to have a nice adult discussion.  Trolls will be butted back under the bridge by billy goats of our choosing.