How should one behave in the comments section of the New York Times? The way you did in kindergarten, mostly. "No name-calling and no personal abuse," heads up a list of commenting no-no's penned for your edification by Times metro deputy editor, Patrick LaForge. Absolutely positively no swearing: "If you wouldn't say it in front of your mother, a minister or a 5-year-old, think twice about saying it here." LaForge overestimates his readers; we have no compunction about swearing in front of, or about, our mothers. Also, because "this is not a blog about The Times," there is to be no criticizing the Times itself. You will also be stripped of your commenting rights if you "pretended to be someone you aren't and used a fake email." Did somebody find out the hard way that Craigslist hookups aren't all they're cracked up to be?
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