On the need for yellow and red cards…

It seems that some of our newer commenters may not completely have understood that there are clear boundaries to what can and cannot be said. Broadly speaking, anything that is political (and legal) will pass muster. There is no consensus on what is politically acceptable and what is not. The rule is simple: play the ball and not the man. It is there to aid communication between people who fundamentally disagree with each other. If you’ve not checked them out yet, see the commenting policy here. They are broadly in line with the Guardian’s Community standards and participation guidelines, except here the Yellow (warning) and Red (two week ban) card system is designed to give people a warning and a second chance respectively. As a previous commenter once said: “you don’t have to agree with every decision that’s made but hey, that’s life”. Just remember, a moderator’s decision is final, whatever you think of it.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty