Community Guidelines

RenoEats Community Guidelines, Standards, and Participation

Contents of our Community Guidelines


The Scope of our Community Guidelines

This document covers all aspects of community interaction and moderation on RenoEats website, including comments on blogs and articles.

Moderation Aims

The RenoEats website provides a growing number of opportunities for readers who wish to discuss content we publish, or debate issues more generally. Our aim is to ensure this platform is inclusive and safe, and that RenoEats is the place on the net where you will always find lively, entertaining and, above all, intelligent discussions.

Community Standards

These are simple guidelines which we expect participants to abide by, all of which directly inform our approach to community moderation (detailed below). Guidelines apply across the site, while moderation decisions are also informed by the context in which comments are made.

  1. We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks, persistent trolling and mindless abuse will not be tolerated. The key to maintaining the RenoEats website as an inviting space, is to focus on intelligent discussion of topics.
  2. We acknowledge criticism of the articles published but will not allow misrepresentation of the website and our journalists.
  3. We understand that people feel strongly about issues debated. Please respect other people’s views and beliefs and consider your impact on others when making your contribution.
  4. We reserve the right to redirect or curtail conversations which descend into “flame-wars” based on ingrained partisanship or generalizations. We don’t want to stop people discussing topics they are enthusiastic about, but we ask users to find ways of sharing their views that do not feel divisive, threatening, or toxic.
  5. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of hate-speech, or contributions that could be interpreted as such. We recognize the difference between criticizing a particular government, organization, community, or belief and attacking people based on their race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.
  6. We will remove any content that may put us in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libelous or defamatory postings, or material posted in potential breach of copyright.
  7. We will remove any posts that are obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like. Our aim is that this site should provide a space for people to interact with our content and each other, and we actively discourage commercial entities passing themselves off as individuals, to post advertising material or links. This may also apply to people or organizations who frequently post propaganda or external links without adding substantively to the quality of the discussion.
  8. Keep it relevant. We know that some conversations can be wide-ranging, but if you post something which is unrelated to the original topic (“off-topic”) then it may be removed, to keep the thread on track.
  9. Be aware that you may be misunderstood. Try to be clear about what you are saying and expect that people may understand your contribution differently than you intended. Text isn’t always a great medium for conversation: tone of voice (sarcasm, humor and so on) doesn’t always come across when using words on a screen. Please maintain a reasonable tone, even in unreasonable circumstances.
  10. The platform is ours, but the conversation belongs to everybody. We want this to be a welcoming space for intelligent discussion, and we expect participants to help us achieve this by notifying us of potential problems and helping each other to keep conversations inviting and appropriate. If you spot something problematic in community interaction areas, please report it. When we all take responsibility for maintaining an appropriate and constructive environment, the debate itself is improved and everyone benefits.

In Short:

- If you act with consideration for other users, you should have no problems.
- Don’t be a dick! Demonstrate and share the wisdom, and intelligence we know you possess.
- Take some responsibility for the quality of the conversations in which you’re participating. Help make this a smart place for discussion, and it will be.

Moderation Approach

Participants who seriously, persistently, or willfully ignore our Community Guidelines, or the Terms of Use of this website will have their subscription and posting privileges revoked. We have a very low-to-no tolerance policy on this point.

This is not an action that we take lightly or arbitrarily. However, we are aiming to create and maintain an online experience consistent with our simple values, and we reserve the right to make decisions which we feel support that. Please be aware that moderators may contact you by email in relation to your participation, especially where an issue comes up in relation to these community guidelines.

Any advice they give or make should be adhered to, as our moderators are employed to enforce these community guidelines and create a constructive environment for everyone who contributes to the RenoEats website.

We will, when necessary, remove user postings or comments from our articles, and blog posts.

If a contribution is perceived as breaching the community guidelines set out herein, then it will be removed by the community team, in the interests of keeping community areas of the site appropriate for most of the people who visit.

We will not edit user posts to change the meaning, spelling, or anything else intended by the user. Even if only part of a comment or posting is perceived as breaching the community guidelines, the whole thing may be removed. Also, when a comment or post is removed for any of the reasons above, it is sometimes necessary to delete subsequent messages which refer to explicitly or quote from the original (removed) comment, to preserve some notion of conversational thread. This may also happen because a later comment quotes the problematic bits of the original comment, which just perpetuates the problem. In such cases not every deletion will be marked individually.)

We reserve the right to take steps or implement measures which we hope will benefit the whole community.

Because we are ultimately responsible for everything which appears on this site, all actions and decisions taken by our moderators are final. Unfortunately, the huge (and growing) quantity of user content means that we can’t enter correspondence regarding specific moderation activity, although all correspondence will be read.

If you have suggestions or questions about any aspect of community participation on the RenoEats website, you can write to Please mark all queries clearly in the subject line (e.g., Question about moderation decision on RenoEats blog)

For queries about your user account, you should contact

Note about Community Content

The views expressed in community areas of this site do not necessarily reflect or represent the views of RenoEats, its staff or contributors.

About this Document

This policy, our Community Guidelines, is a collaborative document incorporating feedback from our editorial staff, producers, staff, users, and content creators across the site.

This is an evolving document, and community participation on the RenoEats website aims to reflect best practice in community management as well as editorial values.

Further Information and Resources

Additional questions can be sent to

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RenoEats is a for-profit corporate entity [more on this here]. We are an employee owned and operated Community Food Network, directed by a board of directors similar to nonprofit entities. Our board consists of company, employee, community, and industry representatives to further our mission, goals, and interests as a community food network.

Board and Staff directories are available here [Coming Soon].

Thank you for your interest. Participation is required.

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