Welcome to The Verge!
At The Verge, you'll find a vibrant and growing community of tech enthusiasts and smart, knowledgeable people. Our goal is to foster conversations that are helpful, informative, and fun. We very much would like you to help us do just that, so here are some guidelines for how to participate.
The next step is to customize your profile. You can upload a photo and tell everybody a little about yourself. You can also edit your account settings to link your Facebook and Twitter accounts and set up how you'd like to read comments. You can always edit your profile by clicking your own name in the upper-lefthand corner of the site.
Now that your account is all set, it's time to start talking!
There are three ways to interact on The Verge. We'll get into the guidelines for what to do and not to do below, but here's the basics on how:
Although there is no hard and fast rule for when you should make a comment on somebody else's post or when you should make a new forum post, we do have some pretty clear guidelines. Essentially, if there is already a post on a topic you're interested in talking about, it's better to comment on that post rather than make a new one. We have a very large search box at the top of the forums and we encourage all users to search before you post. Duplicate posts may be frozen, removed, or merged into a previous forum post.
The Verge offers a full WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor on forum posts.
Our moderators and users will be watching out for great content to promote on the site as well as inappropriate content. In other words, all the rules below about spam, abusive behavior, and basic human decency apply double to forum posts.
The most important thing to keep in mind with forum posts is to search before you post. Duplicate posts make it harder to read the forums because they split conversations up into too many places. Always do a search before starting a new forum post and if something similar to your topic exists, comment there instead of starting a new post. Don't worry about your comment not getting seen — comments can be recommended and users can reply directly to your comment in a thread.
Finally, please post in the appropriate forum. Have a question about the new iPhone? Apple Core is the place. Want to talk about The Verge itself, we have a Meta forum. Want help compare an Android phone to a BlackBerry? We have a general Mobile forum for that. Not sure where your post belongs? Ask in Meta or email us at email@example.com
Comments are a lovely way to talk about the stories, forum posts, and reviews you find on The Verge. They can also be a lot to keep up with, so we have some tools to make it all easier. Every comment has a few links associated with it:
Now, this is important: don't feed the trolls! What we mean by that is this: comments are threaded and if the top comment in a thread is a problem, we may delete it, and that will delete all the replies to it. So if there's an inappropriate comment and you reply to it with something eloquent and heartfelt, there's a very good chance that your highly intelligent and meaningful comment will nonetheless be lost. The same applies to all comments on a forum post -- if that forum post gets deleted, so will your comments on it.
Here are things that will get your comment or forum post removed and quite possibly your account banned. Note that this is not a comprehensive list. Our moderators reserve the right to remove anything we deem inappropriate.
Q: Why do I have to "Join" a forum to post or comment in it?
A: Look, we get it: the internet is filled with fanboys and girls who love Android and hate Apple, or vice versa. When you join a forum, you're doing so with the understanding that it's a place to talk about that forum's topic, not to get into flamewars about whether Linux is better than Windows. Joining a forum puts a badge on your user profile and tells the world that you're a little bit of a fan ...and that you're not going to go in there and derail every conversation about DIY hacks with your personal thoughts on why the Neo Geo was the greatest gaming system of all time.
Q: Hang on, you're censoring me!
A: Sorry, no. There are plenty of places on the internet where you can speak however you'd like, but here at The verge we work very hard to keep the conversation informative, and fun. We will remove any comment or post that we feel is harmful to that endeavor — the bottom line is that the editors and moderators have the final say on what's allowed here.
Q: I have a question or complaint about moderation
A: No worries, we're happy to have a discussion with you about it — in private. We've found from long and hard experience that public complaints about moderation just leads to trolls, no matter how well meaning the original intent. If you have a question about moderation, email us at and we'll have a talk. If there's a big policy change or something we would like to say publicly about moderation, we'll post it in our Meta forums and update this document.
Q: What's so great about moderators?
A: Everything! Moderators work very very hard with your best interests at heart. Please help them out by flagging inappropriate comments and take heed when they ask you to change your behavior. It's not easy fighting trolls, so never forget that ultimately they're on your side.
Q: I'd like to help! How do I become a moderator?
A: That's great! The best thing you can do is be awesome: help users when they have questions, flag inappropriate comments with good explanations of why, help users relax when threads start to look like flamewars, and generally just show us that you're a helpful and real human being. When the time comes, we may tap you on the shoulder and ask if you're interested.