Update To Our Comment Policy

Hello all!

I wanted to make a note about an update to our comment policy which marks a significant change to how we handle comments.

The change comes after me noticing that some comments shared information/advice that if followed could result in someone getting hurt because of it.  This mainly surrounds advice on construction and building of tiny houses in a way that could be dangerous.  As I have learned a lot more about building tiny houses after doing it myself, being involved with tiny houses for years, etc I have learned to see where cutting corners or not doing certain things could put people in harm’s way.

To be honest, there is a good amount of subjectivity when it comes to this, but I try to be judicial about this and I don’t like doing it, but I see it as necessary to keep people safe.

On the flip side of this is that you will see others or myself discussing or debating different approaches, strategies, tools or techniques.  One thing you will learn is that when building a tiny house, there comes a point where even seasons professionals (I don’t mean to say I am one) will disagree on the best practice.  There are some things that are clear cut, but other things we can have lively debates.

We debate on various things where both sides may produce a great end product that is safe and sturdy, but how you get there will differ.  I am one that like to know THE single right answer, but the truth is that there is no such thing in many cases when it comes to the nuances of building.

A few things that I will specifically look for that could lead me to remove a comment due to safety concerns:

Unsafe advice on:

  • Trailer to house anchoring connections
  • Egress
  • Electrical or Gas connections
  • Structural integrity issues

You can find our comment policy at:  https://www.thetinylife.com/about-us/comment-policy/

  1. The comment policy states that “We reserve the right, but are not obligated to”. This is a comment policy which communicates how we handle comments and situation where we will remove such comments.

  2. I don’t know…wouldn’t merely putting a disclaimer up and allowing the free exchange of ideas without trying to moderate them be safer for you, Ryan? It keeps ideas for the readers flowing, too. If the comments are a “do at your own risk”, it obsolves you from taking responsibility for others ideas and actions.
    Just my 2 cents….

    • I have had some people post advice that was so egregiously unsafe that I couldn’t stand by. I can’t catch them all, but I do what I can.

  3. And I’m sure you mean to add to this post that it is the reader’s complete responsibility to research best safety practices for themselves before undertaking any advice online anywhere.

    • We just posted our new risk and liability policy: https://www.thetinylife.com/about-us/risk-and-liability/

  4. Your recent efforts to control some of the comments are appreciated especially when it gets to the insults and derogatory personal remarks where someone blatantly insults the intelligent of another. I have at times been drawn into rebuttal situations and when it starts to get out of control I simply send a comment back with “Have a nice day” or damn, I heard something in their message that I didn’t think about. Everyone has an opinion or verbally expresses their passion on one subject or the other and it’s a good thing, we do not all agree but that is what makes things interesting. Your safety concerns are to be applauded but you don’t want to put yourself into a policing situation which would be time consuming and truthfully, may end in deaf ears. It may also prevent someone commenting that dose know what they are talking about to clarify the concern better. I am vigilant and passionate about road safety when it comes to hauling the TH on wheels. I firmly believe that everyone is not equipped to haul them especially on a once in a life time experience. I do believe in overkill on the vehicle and not make due is the rule. A wise man said, do not dismiss the advice of a child because if you think the situation is impossible, the lord may have just sent you proof it isn’t. (or something to that effect)

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