Comment Policy

Our comments section is intended to be a forum for productive, thoughtful, and considerate discussion about community issues covered on our site. We encourage our commenters to start a dialogue. Being part of a community means expressing differing views with others. But please do so respectfully.

Here are our guidelines:

Stay on topic. Discuss the facts, issues and opinions at hand.

Be civil. Threats, hate speech and defamatory comments are not tolerated. Personal attacks on staff members, other commenters, or the subjects of stories are not allowed.

No advertising or spammy content.

Here’s how we deal with community members who violate our guidelines or Terms of Use:

Your comment may be deleted. Deletion comes without notice.

Repeat offenders and fake profiles may be banned without notice. We reserve the right to ban offenders based on our own judgment. Our decisions are final.

We depend on our community members to help identify violations. To report a violation of our guidelines, click “flag” on the bottom right of the comment.

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