The letter serves as an excellent reminder that it stings to be criticized, whether the commenter uses lofty language or expletives. "If you're attacking the subject with an erudite, graduate-level vocabulary, you're still attacking the subject," Stanton writes. And, while he acknowledges that everyone's entitled to their own opinions, he astutely points out that those negative thoughts can be kept to the user's own page, rather than sully the welcoming environment of HONY. If his site becomes a place for criticism, he won't be able to take the photographs that make the blog so unique, as subjects won't want to risk being humiliated online. "Humans of New York can continue to exist without your enlightenment. But, it can't exist without subjects," writes Stanton. Therefore, if you're "using the comment section to cast extreme judgement on someone you know only through a single quote, you are probably going to be banned from commenting."
Check out the full letter below. You may as well consider it the unofficial etiquette guide to adding your two cents online.