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Launched 1 February 2010, Thought Catalog is a website dedicated to your stories and ideas.

IDEALS

  1. Thought Catalog contributors should strive to make their writing fun, smart, and creative, i.e., entertaining, journalistic, and literary.
  2. The site should be clean and clutter-free.
  3. We believe all thinking is relevant and strive for a value-neutral editorial policy governed by openness. The more worldviews and rhetorical styles on the site, the better. We want to tell all sides of the story and generate dialogue.
  4. We’re about today. But our mission is also archival. We want to catalog the times for tomorrow.
  5. We want to help shape culture by empowering you to share your ideas and stories with the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Thought Catalog’s mission?

We want to support freedom of speech, empower writers and readers on their own terms, and make Thought Catalog an online magazine that represents the worldviews and rhetorical styles of as many people as possible.

Why is your slogan “all thinking is relevant”?

Thought Catalog works for the same reason that the Internet works. We’re an open and non-hierarchical platform. Anyone can use Thought Catalog to articulate their ideas and stories to the world. No one is excluded from the conversation. The “all thinking is relevant” slogan embodies our networked approach to writing and content production. If you think something and want to tell the world, then it’s relevant and appropriate for Thought Catalog.

If all thinking is relevant, does that mean the writing on Harper’s and the writing on Thought Catalog are equal?

“All thinking is relevant” doesn’t imply that all thinking is “good” or “high-quality.” It only means that all thinking has a strand of resonance, and therefore every act of expression serves a purpose. Sometimes the purpose is merely to remind someone they aren’t alone in what they think; other times it’s to expose them to unfamiliar ways of thinking. Often the purpose is nothing more than to briefly entertain, but sometimes it’s to shed light on serious issues that affect the whole world. On Thought Catalog, relevance is social and determined by the contributors and audience, not some cultural gatekeeper or moral arbiter.

Do you allow writers to publish under pseudonyms?

Anonymity is a double-edged sword. It can make us less accountable and less empathetic to the impact of our actions. By freeing us from consequences, it can bring out the worst in us. But anonymity can also be liberating. Ventriloquism can expand our creative horizons by allowing us to experiment with different identities or provide a safe space to talk about sensitive issues. At Thought Catalog, we accept pseudonyms and anonymous submissions but discourage hiding behind a mask merely for the sake of hiding.

Why do you publish offensive content?

We’re an open platform and try not to filter any of the posts, although illegal content and visual pornography aren’t permitted.

What is the community reporting function?

We don’t believe in censorship. However, we do believe in community moderation to boost the integrity of the Thought Catalog network. Everyone has an equal opportunity to publish on Thought Catalog, but once published, readers can use the community reporting function at the top of a post to bury it. To report an article click the flag at the top of all articles. 

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How do I contribute to Thought Catalog?

Fill out the submission form. If you don’t hear back from anyone, try reaching out to your favorite contributor. If all else fails, email the publisher. Operational limitations often lead to submissions never making it to the site, but if you’re persistent (and polite), we’ll do our best to get it live for you.

Who runs Thought Catalog?

The Thought & Expression Co., an independently owned and operated U.S media organization. Chris Lavergne is the Publisher and Founder.

Are you hiring? Can I send you my resume?

Many of our staff were active on the site either as a community contributor or in the comments section. So the best way to get our attention is to submit your stories and ideas here. If you want to apply for a business position, explain why you want to work for Thought Catalog and your core competencies.

Contact

Publisher, Chris Lavergne: chris.lavergne@thoughtcatalog.com

Advertising & media kit requests: biz@thoughtcatalog.com

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