Thrive with Aromatherapy community standards, participation guidelines, and moderation aims

Commenter community guidelines

Thrive welcomes discussion and different points of view, but most importantly, we value respectful and constructive correspondence with fellow readers and our contributors.

We have zero-tolerance for comments that we believe could be inappropriate or insulting, exhibit troll-like behavior, or have legal ramifications.

Commenters can flag potentially inappropriate comments for review, out of concern for others, or due to personal offense.

You can flag concerns via the menu next to a potentially offensive comment or email us via our contact page.

How to comment:

Our comments run on the third-party Disqus platform, which requires users to set up an account.

You can register a Disqus profile either directly with Disqus or with your Facebook, Twitter, or Google accounts.

Unlike the early policies of Facebook and Google, Disqus does not require you to use your real name.

However, we prefer commenters use their real name because they are more likely to behave maturely rather than letting loose while hiding behind a pseudonym.

Our contributors put their names to their copy; we think it’s only fair for commenters to do the same, but we understand many users have existing accounts that use pseudonyms.

Let’s keep it friendly:

We’ve invited you into our workplace to be among a bunch of people who like to talk about aromatherapy and health-focused lifestyles.

Hopefully, our comment forums will help us and others broaden our knowledge, understanding, and passion for these topics.

Discussion and debate are welcome, but comments that include personal attacks on another reader or a contributor are not acceptable.

While appreciating there will be, at times, different points of view, we reserve the right to caution commenters openly, delete, edit or modify a thread that breaches our guidelines, and suspend or ban repeat offenders.

In addition, we will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other forms of hate speech or contributions that potentially could be interpreted as such.

Clarity and intent:

The tone of the written word is not always evident, so stop and think twice before publishing your comment. Be kind and show the true aromatherapy spirit!

‘Shouting’ – letters, words, or sentences in capital letters – and using emojis, other symbols, and inappropriate language are frowned upon because they are designed to make one comment stand out from others.

Using these and similar techniques could lead to the comment being deleted, edited, or modified at the discretion of our moderation team. Repeat offenders may face suspension or a permanent ban.

User images (avatars):

Distasteful imagery in Disqus user photo/picture profiles (also known as an avatar) is banned on Thrive.

Banning content includes sexually explicit, suggestive, or revealing imagery; depictions of violence or gore; crude imagery; the celebration or depiction of criminals or criminal activity; and propaganda.

Back-up profiles:

Commenters are asked to maintain one profile only, and our moderators flag the IP addresses of repeat offenders.

Repeat offenders with multiple accounts will be banned from our comments section.


Links to all websites have been disabled to protect our site and visitors against spam and malware.

Links to other stories are allowed. However, comments that include such links will be initially withheld pending a review before posting.

Who moderates Thrive?

The monitoring and moderation of discussion in the comments section of are by our editorial team and a dedicated moderating team.

Footnote: These guidelines may be revised or updated at any time, without notice.