1. This has been added to the Disqus Commenting at Shakesville section: "No GIFs. Some GIFs can trigger tonic clonic (convulsive) seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. They can also make threads difficult to navigate for people with visual processing disorders. For these reasons, please do not post GIFs in comments."
Relatedly, as a general rule, please avoid posting videos in comments unless they are highly relevant to the topic, because moderators don't always have time to watch videos to assess their compliance with the commenting policy.
2. Disqus has enabled users to delete their own comments, and, since we've already run into an issue with it, I have updated the commenting policy in the Guidelines section thus: "If you leave a comment that obliges a response from the moderators and/or other commenters, and then delete that comment, it may be republished to provide context. Contributors are accountable for every word we leave in this space. Commenters should hold themselves to the same standard. That means we all must be thoughtful about what we're posting and must be willing to be accountable for those words. If the mods are to be trusted to remove comments that keep other people unsafe, we must be allowed to restore comments to keep ourselves safe."
Now would probably be a good time for everyone to review the Commenting Policy generally.
As it's a new year, and as it's been a long time since we had a discussion about this, I also want to remind commenters, as it states in the Commenting Policy, that "participation here requires that you respect and remember that this space is built and its content authored by individual people. In a space dedicated to social justice, we believe it is important to center the humanity of both its users and its architects." Mods are not robots who filter comments without cost or emotion.
I also want to say, plainly, on my own behalf, that demanding to use my space however you want to use it, while simultaneously seeking to disallow me from having control over it, is dehumanizing garbage. I am not a content-generating machine with zero feelings or agency.
You trust and expect me to respect you; I would like the same in return.