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Posting on this site is a privilege; don't abuse itPosted Sunday, September 9, 2007, at 9:00 AM
Posting comments on stories which appear on this website is a privilege, not a right.
In the past few days, we have deleted several comments. And, when the individual continued to try and post in a manner that our staff determined to be objectionable, this individual was banned.
When the same individual re-registered under a new and obviously fictitious name and address, they were again banned.
We do check the names, addresses and phone numbers of the folks who register. If something doesn't look right or on the level...we do ban them.
That's the way it works.
We don't ask a lot of our readers when they post comments.
Obviously, don't use any profane or foul language.
Don't make allegations of criminal, legal or moral wrongdoing against any individuals -- adults or juveniles. It's doesn't matter if you name them, if the unsubstantiated allegation is made, the comment will be deleted.
Don't talk about any other businesses in a negative light.
The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please log in or create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Several senior level staff members will review it and we'll make the final determination of what goes off or what stays online.
This is our site and we are accountable for its content.
We want the comment section to be constructive, informative, thought-provoking, educational and a means to generate interest in a particular story or topic.
We do not want the comment section to be a breeding ground for stupidity; a place to take 'pot shots' at any individual or groups; a place where anyone can say anything about anybody; or a place where one feels the inclination to say abusive things about another individual or group of people.
We do encourage your comments and welcome them as long as they follow these pretty basic and common sense guidelines.
Remember posting on this site is a privilege.
Abuse that privilege and your objectionable comments will be deleted. If you continue to abuse the privilege you will be booted or banned.
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