Community guidelines

Pieria is like going to your favourite cafe, if your favourite cafe is frequented by some of the brightest people in their field; discussing and debating the big issues of the day, a melting pot of ideas, disciplines and points of view.

It’s an ongoing conversation and we’ve designed the site to reflect this.

We hope our readers will take part in the discussions on Pieria and do so in a constructive and critically engaging way, challenging and debating the ideas rather than the person who has put them forward.

Here's a few points to consider when getting involved on Pieria:


Please stay ‘on-topic’ Whilst many of the topics discussed on Pieria are wide-ranging it is important that each post made by commenters remains relevant to the original story.

If a comment is posted that is unrelated to the original topic it may be removed. Abuse or personal attacks on authors, journalists and other members will not be tolerated.

Please respect the views, beliefs and personal preferences of other when contributing. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other contributions that could be interpreted as hate-speech.

We will not tolerate any language that is considered threatening, violent or extremely offensive.

Please be aware that we reserve the right to remove comments that may put us in legal jeopardy.

Please avoid defamatory comments, contempt of court, breaking a court injunction and breaching copyrighted material.

In short: Act with maturity and consideration. Respect others opinions and be aware that while your own opinions may cause disagreement, they should never cause offense.


We reserve the right to remove community privileges from any individual who seriously, willfully or persistently ignores these guidelines.

When comments are removed we will attempt to email each user explaining why their comment has been moderated, and any advice or instruction given should be respected and adhered to.

Even if only part of a user comment is perceived to have breached the community rules the whole comment may be removed. It is also sometimes necessary to delete subsequent postings which make reference to the original (removed) comment to preserve the flow of the discussion. Because we are ultimately responsible for all the content on Pieria, all actions and decisions taken by our moderators are final.

We hope that any action we do have to take is to preserve the high standards of the site and for the benefit of the whole community.

If you have any suggestions or questions regarding any aspects of community participation on Pieria you can contact us at

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