Q. If I post a comment, will I be publicly identified?
A. If you are an E-edition or print subscriber, by default you will be identified by your first and last name, and city if you comment on a Bulletin article. You have the option to be identified by your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo or Disqus ID instead if you prefer. If you are not a subscriber, you may choose to be identified by your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo or Disqus ID. Your address, e-mail address and phone number will not be published. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Commenting Policy">email@example.com. We reserve the right to reveal your identity (or other information we may have, including IP address and your ISP) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Commenting Policy">email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Commenting Policy">email@example.com. 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 and if it is not promoting a business. Comments with more than two links 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.