Comment Policies

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Comment Policies

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The purpose of our subscriber comments forum is to allow community members to discuss issues and share ideas. Edhat will edit or delete comments that it deems to be inappropriate, nonconstructive, or just plain mean. Subscribers who do not agree with this policy should not post comments on our board. By commenting on edhat, you are agreeing to follow these policies and those below, and after consistent violation of these policies, your account may be restricted or comments may need prior approval before posting. Edhat will not reimburse subscription refunds for members who do not follow our policies. All comments posted on edhat from community members are not a reflection of edhat's staff, owners, or business as a whole. Any issues or disputes with your account should be directed to us at ed@edhat.com

Comment Voting

Every comment will have an up-arrow (up-vote), a down-arrow (down-vote), and a flag. Only paid edhat subscribers are allowed to use these features. (Click here to upgrade your account)

The up-vote of a comment means you agree, like the comment, think it's funny, and overall have a positive attitude about it.

The down-vote of a comment is more severe. This means you think it violates our commenting policies and should not be posted on edhat. A comment with a specific number of down-votes will be removed from the commenting board and sent to the Penalty Box. 

The flag icon will send an alert to the edhat staff and the edhat nanny to review a comment ASAP as it severely violates our policies.

Edhat reserves the right to reinstate any down-voted comment if it was arbitrarily deleted and does not violate our policies.

Deleted comments can be viewed on each article's Penalty Box. However, if a comment is extraordinarily atrocious, the edhat nanny will remove it from edhat altogether.

Speaking of... Where's the Nanny?

She's still there, reading over what people are saying and voting on. Ultimately, the Nanny has the final say on anything, but with the new self-moderation tools described above, paid edhat subscribers are able to self-police comments as soon as possible. 

Deletion Rules

1. No quoting of other commenters- keep it original.​

2. No direct insults of other commenters.

2 a. No criticizing of writing style, punctuation, spelling, or grammar of commenters or contributors. 

2 b. No speculation about an anonymous commenter's identity.

3. No derogatory comments, particularly ones against any specific groups. 

3 a. No sexist, homophobic, racist, xenophobic, classist, or any other prejudiced comments. 

3 b. No advocacy of harm or death of any specific group or persons, even the bad ones.

4. No discussion of National politics - this board is for local issues only.

5. Any comments discussing Edhat editorial policy or business practices will be deleted. Email us directly at ed@edhat.com with your concern instead of detracting from the conversation.

6. No speaking badly about those injured or deceased, especially if they have just passed or were seriously injured and may have friends/family in the community.

6 a. No speculating on the circumstances of their death (or serious injury), especially if it's mean or judgmental. 

7. No use of "bad words" or abbreviations/fill-ins of bad words.

8. No ungrounded speculation and snippy comments on referrals, what's up, and question and answer type posts.

9. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK

10. Excessive ranting will be deleted. If you need to vent, go here.

11. Off-topic comments will be deleted. Please keep the conversation focused on the issued discussed in the article.

11 a. Arguments between two commenters, or a small number, that are off topic and detract from the main conversation will all be deleted.

12. Comments that say "who cares?," "why was this posted?," "do it yourself," "google it," or "nosey neighbor" will be deleted.

Edhat reserves the right to delete any comment that is snippy, overly negative, off-base, and/or detracts from thoughtful discussions.

Please do not use the comments board to complain or inquire about deleted comments. If you have any questions about our policies, email us at ed@edhat.com

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