We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide a general commentary for a general readership. By reviewing submissions, we provide a space in which readers can exchange intelligent and informed comments that improve the quality of our messages and information.
While most comments are published when they are on the subject rather than offensive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will design it as carefully and consistently as possible. Due to the amount of reader comments, we can not review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments that represent a series of views that make their point of view quick and polite. We strive to protect the discussions from repeated comments by the same reader or various readers
We follow the same tastes as the daily paper. Some things that we will not tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, obscenities (including spellings and letters followed by hyphens), commercial advertising, imitations, incoherence, proselytizing, and SCREAMING. Do not include URLs to websites.
Comments are not edited. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment cited or commented on in an article. In this case we can correct spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we do not want comments to get stuck in discussions about our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out factual or biased errors and investigate allegations. But these suggestions should be sent
by email. In order not to distract other readers, we do not post comments that indicate a correction. Instead, corrections are made in a blog post or in an article.