Commenting policy

July 23, 2010 10:43 am
You understand and agree that these FAQs are provided solely as a convenience to you.  In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between these FAQs and the privacy policy, the terms and conditions of the privacy policy will control.

Q. If I post a comment, will I be publicly identified?
A. You have the option to be identified by your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo or Disqus ID. The first time you comment you will be prompted to sign in to your account on one of those services, or to create an account on one of them if you do not have one.
Your address, e-mail address and phone number will not be published unless you include them in your post. If you include them in your post we will make commercially reasonable efforts to remove them, but to protect your privacy, please do not include them in your post.  If you believe an unauthorized person has posted a comment with your account, click the “Flag” link next to the comment, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
We reserve the right to reveal your name (or other information we may have, including IP address and your ISP) to authorities in the event of a legal action arising from any information posted by you.

Q. Will my comment be edited?
A. Comments are the responsibility of those who post them, and we do not accept any responsibility for their accuracy, fairness or even their spelling or grammar. We reserve the right to refuse to publish comments that contain language that is offensive or inappropriate, or that are personal attacks, or that we suspect may violate copyrights, or that don't conform with our policies. We reserve the right to edit comments to eliminate profanity or personal attacks in otherwise valid comments. We will not  refuse to publish comments simply because we disagree with them, nor will we promote those we do agree with.

Q. I think a comment is offensive. What can I do?
A. Please click the Flag link next to the comment or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to alert our staff.

Q. I posted a comment but it has not appeared. Why?
A. Comments may be briefly reviewed by us before they are published. We reserve the right to refrain from publishing, to edit, or to remove comments that aren't relevant to the article, contain advertising, personal attacks or abusive language, or that we believe may include copyrighted material. If your comment has not appeared within a reasonable time, and you believe it does not violate these comment policies, it may be too long to be posted as a comment but could be considered as a letter to the editor or guest column instead. Please e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Those who violate our comment policies may be blocked from making further posts.

Q. Can my comment include a link?
A. Yes, if it is relevant to the article and if it is not promoting a business. Comments with links will be reviewed so there may be a delay in your comment being published. Comments with more than one link may be treated as spam. Spamming and advertising are prohibited. We define spam as content that is not related to the article or post, or that advertises products, services or Web sites.