Community Guidelines

Third Party Watch seeks to provide commentary and analysis of America’s third parties and related groups, including but not limited to the Libertarian, Green, and Constitution Parties, the Democratic Socialists of America, as well as independent candidates and similar groups such as the Democratic Socialists of America. To that end, we insist that all commenters follow our guidelines in order that 3PW remains a welcoming and engaging community for conversation.

  • Civility

We believe that a healthy awareness and mature discussion of the candidates seeking to influence our institutions strengthens us as individuals and makes our own voices more effective. To accomplish that goal we insist that commenters be civil toward each other while discussing topics on all 3PW properties, including on our social media accounts. Robust discussion is good. Using abusive language or calling people names is unacceptable.  Advocacy of illegal activities is not allowed.

  • Solicitation

Spam posts and comments, efforts to sell things not related to our focus, are not allowed.  Candidate advocacy and advocacy of political groups, which may include calls for money or volunteers, are allowed in comments on the open thread.

  • Copyright Concerns

Third Party Watch will respond to allegations of copyright violations in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA provides a process for a copyright owner to give notification to an online service provider concerning alleged copyright infringement. When a valid DMCA notification is received, Third Party Watch will respond under this process by taking down the offending content. Learn more here.

  • Consequences

Individuals who violate these community guidelines will be treated in proportion to the offense. Persons who verbally attack the owner or administrative staff will have their posting privileges revoked. Repeated violations may result in additional corrective measures, including a restriction on being able to make comments. We reserve the right to remove or reject comments at our sole discretion.