Here are a few common questions with answers to keep in mind before you jump into the discussion.
Why Has My Comment Not Shown Up?
There are a number of reasons why your comment may not appear in the thread. Comments that are abusive, off-topic, involve personal attacks, use profanity, or show a general lack of respect for another user will not be approved. Comments are not edited; they either appear or they don’t. We also do not allow comments that attempt to promote commercial enterprises.
Comments that simply provide a link to another place without any context will also be disallowed. Comments that have nothing to do with either the subject at hand or any of the comments already being said will be removed.
Human moderation is by its nature subjective, but we try to be as careful and consistent as possible. We do not consider the political views of the commenter when we decide what should be posted. We do try to avoid having one person dominate a discussion.
What Kind Of Comments Are Certain To Be Approved?
Anything that is thoughtful, on-topic, interesting, and posted with a positive spirit. It does not seek to attack or beat down the original article or a fellow commenter, but rather to continue a lively debate on the subject at hand.
Emotions can run high in certain subjects, but there is no “winning” in a discussion. Commenters should provide their opinions, give sources and explanations if they have them, and choose to agree to disagree before it turns from a dialogue into an argument.
Where and When Will My Comment Be Posted?
There are times – such as nights, early mornings and weekends – when moderation is less frequent and it may take longer for a comment to appear. All approved comments will show up below the article. If it has been a substantial amount of time and you are not certain why your comment has not shown up, feel free to e-mail us and ask. Specify the article you responded to and your username so we can find the comment quickly and give you an explanation.
What If I Want To Criticize The Site or Its Writers?
This is allowed as long as it adheres to the same rules for replying to your fellow commenters. No abuse, personal attacks, or swearing.