Guidelines

This page outlines the FoundersList usage guidelines.

Summary


What to Submit
On-Topic: Anything that founders and/or entrepreneurs would find interesting. That could be anything to do with new startups, new products/services, questions/comments about anything startup/business-related, and the like.

Off-Topic: Use your better judgement, but generally anything to do with partisan politics, crime, history, science (unless where specifically related to some new business, product, company, idea, etc).

In Submissions
Please don't do things to make titles stand out, like using uppercase or exclamation points, or adding a parenthetical remark saying how great an article is. It's implicit in submitting something that you think it's important.

If you submit a link to a video or pdf, please warn us by appending [video] or [pdf] to the title.

Please submit the original source. If a post reports on something found on another site, submit the latter.

If the original title includes the name of the site, please take it out, because the site name will be displayed after the link.

If the original title begins with a number or number + gratuitous adjective, we'd appreciate it if you'd crop it. E.g. translate "10 Ways To Do X" to "How To Do X," and "14 Amazing Ys" to "Ys." Exception: when the number is meaningful, e.g. "The 5 Platonic Solids."

Otherwise please use the original title, unless it is misleading or linkbait; don't editorialize.

Please don't submit so many links at once that the new page is dominated by your submissions.

In Comments
Be civil. Don't say things you wouldn't say face-to-face. Don't be snarky. Comments should get more civil and substantive, not less, as a topic gets more divisive.

When disagreeing, please reply to the argument instead of calling names. "That is idiotic; 1 + 1 is 2, not 3" can be shortened to "1 + 1 is 2, not 3."

Please respond to the strongest plausible interpretation of what someone says, not a weaker one that's easier to criticize. Assume good faith.

Eschew flamebait. Don't introduce flamewar topics unless you have something genuinely new to say. Avoid unrelated controversies and generic tangents.

Please don't post shallow dismissals, especially of other people's work. A good critical comment teaches us something.

Please don't use FoundersList for political or ideological battle. This destroys intellectual curiosity, and we will ban accounts that do this.

Please don't insinuate that someone hasn't read an article. "Did you even read the article? It mentions that" can be shortened to "The article mentions that."

Please don't use uppercase for emphasis. If you want to emphasize a word or phrase, put *asterisks* around it and it will get italicized.

Please don't impute astroturfing or shillage. That degrades discussion and is usually mistaken. If you're worried about it, email us and we'll look at the data.

Please don't complain that a submission is inappropriate. If a story is spam or off-topic, flag it. Don't feed egregious comments by replying; flag them instead. If you flag something, please don't also comment that you did.

Please don't comment about the voting on comments. It never does any good, and it makes boring reading.



Last updated March 15, 2019


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