StarChefs.com Community and Commenting Guiding Principles
StarChefs.com has a thriving user community and encourages commenting on articles, videos, and recipes. We are dedicated to this community and strive to maintain a respectful, engaging, and informative conversation. We are here to inspire, not degrade the industry and our community. If you wish to participate in the community, we ask that you follow guidelines and the spirit of the community they seek to create. Our commenting policies are enforced by a moderating system and a team of staff moderators.
I. We are a community of lovers, not haters. If your comments consistently or intentionally make this community a less civil and enjoyable place to be, you and your comments will be excluded from it.
StarChefs.com promotes a receptive, transparent, and civil atmosphere for comments and users. Critical, in-depth, and intelligent discussions and debates are encouraged.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to voice their opinions regardless of politics, ideology, religion, or agreement with other community members, the author of the post, or staff members, as long as those opinions are respectful and constructively add to the conversation.
However, this community does not tolerate direct or indirect attacks, name-calling, or insults, nor does it tolerate intentional attempts to derail, hijack, troll, or bait others into an emotional response. These types of comments will be removed from the community where warranted.
Individuals who consistently or intentionally post these types of comments will be warned and, if necessary, excluded from the community.
II. Many comments are pre-moderated.
Our moderation team may read comments before they are displayed to other users. If this is the case, you may see your comment pending approval. Approval times vary depending on the site-wide comment load, so please be patient—we will get to all comments as quickly as possible.
III. Be yourself, only yourself, and just one of yourself.
Every person's opinion is valuable and unique. Pretending to be someone else removes that unique value from you or from others. Don't misrepresent yourself or others, spread misinformation, create multiple accounts. If you do, you will make the community a less enjoyable and valuable place to be and will be removed when we see it.
IV. This community is a safe space.
We strongly believe that StarChefs.com should be a safe space for individuals, groups, and their ideas. Violent and hostile language or calls for violence and hostility are not welcome here. If you directly or indirectly threaten the physical or mental well being of a member of this community, or an individual or group who is the subject of an article, you will be removed immediately. If a credible threat is made against an individual or group, not only will it be removed but it is likely that it will be reported to law enforcement agencies and we will cooperate with them to any extent requested. If you see any threats, harassment, or personal information trolling please report it quickly.
Personal identifiable information should never be posted to the StarChefs.com comments section. It never turns out well for anyone.
V. If you have comments, we are here and we have real people who read and reply.
If you have complaints, questions, concerns, or feedback—positive or critical—please get in touch with us.