Commenting guidelines

Content on the HotHouse website will be deliberately provocative, designed to stimulate ideas and challenge assumptions.

We want this to be a welcoming space for intelligent discussion which encourages everyone to get involved with the debate, and we understand that people often feel strongly about the issues discussed on the site.

To ensure this is a safe and inclusive space where everyone feels able to contribute openly, we have put together some simple commenting guidelines for the HotHouse community.

  • Whilst we welcome and encourage debate and discussion, we will not tolerate personal attacks.
  • We acknowledge criticism of the articles we publish, but we will not allow persistent misrepresentation of HotHouse or authors on the site.
  • We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of hate-speech. We will delete anything that could be seen as unlawful, libellous, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane or offensive.
  • Be polite and keep it clean. Respect other people’s views, beliefs and emotions. We reserve the right to remove any content that might be found offensive or threatening.
  • Not anonymous – respect that these are individuals opinions and not necessarily the view of their employers.
  • Please keep conversations relevant. We want to encourage discussion, so if you’d like to suggest a question or theme, please email us (
  • We encourage debate and discussion on the implications outlined in our research. If you would like to comment on the specifics of the research, please email Javier Stanziola (
  • Spam and advertising content will be deleted.
  • Although the discussion threads aren’t formally moderated, we do pay close attention to them. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments that do not meet our standards.

When making moderation decisions, we will take these, as well as the context in which comments are made, into account.