Be yourself, unless you’re a jerk

In The Thinkery community, we have one rule to rule them all: Be yourself, unless you’re a jerk.

This is us

We heart truthful content and civilized people. Healthy debate is fabulous. We agree to disagree. We want our perspectives to be challenged and stretched — in a troll-free environment, thank you very much. We are delighted to find that, when we are winsome, we are magically more persuasive and people don’t run away from us, screaming.

This gets a big NO

Lies and insults make Santa Claus cry, so we abstain. We realize that we can be guilty of deception even if we don’t intend to be, so we fact-check before sharing that inspiring Abraham Lincoln quote about the internet. Class isn’t just that thing we were late to in school. Ranting and name calling were banned in The Thinkery in 1833. We have a team of elves with their finger hovering over the ’Delete’ button for trollsome material, and we have a bouncer at the door for those who insist on being jerks.

We remember what J.J. said: “Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau). Perhaps you know this one from the movies: “Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me” (Elwood P. Dowd, Harvey).

If this sounds good to you, I hope you’ll join our community in person and online. We’d love to know you.

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