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Comments Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you moderate readers’ comments?

Our goal is to provide commentary for our readership. By screening submissions, we try to ensure that readers can exchange intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our blogs.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. We regret that we cannot review individual moderation decisions, and generally cannot alter a comment once it is posted.

What kind of comments are you looking for?

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely.

We follow the same standards as our main website. We ask you to avoid personal attacks, profanity, commercial promotion, impersonations, and SHOUTING.

Do you edit comments?

No. Comments are either approved or they’re not. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in one of our online articles. In those cases, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

When and where will my comment be displayed?

Comments are typically posted faster during business hours. Moderation can be less frequent in the evening and on weekends. We reserve the right to display comments in a variety of ways, including within the text of articles or in promotion.

Should I use my real name when making a comment?

Yes, definitely. Please fill in the name field with your real name or initials. We have found that people who use their names carry on more engaging, respectful conversations.