Comment/Chat Policy

We encourage our members to comment and participate in online chats.  We remind members that they are solely responsible for their comments. Comments submitted by members must adhere to the below Comment/Chat Policy and Terms of Use as agreed to when registering for membership.

Our goal is to maintain a community where readers feel free to express themselves in a civil and productive manner. On the occasions where this does not happen, we reserve the right to remove comments and/or close comments on article pages without notice.

Members who violate the Comment/Chat Policy and Terms of Use risk loss of comment privileges and account closure without notice.

We encourage comments and chats that:

Are “on topic” and respond to the content in the article
Are in response to comments left by other members
Are brief and to-the-point
Are constructive and productive to the overall conversation
Are free from personal insults or attacks on other members
Are free to agree to disagree with the content of the article or comments in a civil manner
We discourage comments or chats that:

Are not “on topic” or are not responding to other comments or the content in the article
Insult or personally attack other members
Bait other members
“Gang up” on other members
Are excessively long
Are copy and paste of articles from other sites – please provide your summary of the article instead
We will delete comments and chats, without notice, that:

Violate our Terms of Use
Are abusive, harassing, threatening or vulgar
Contain advertising or spam including signature lines to other sites
Are disruptive to the conversation or overall site