Although most comments are published if they are on the subject and not abusive, moderation decisions are subjective. We will do them with as much care and consistency as possible. Due to the volume of feedback from readers, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We appreciate thoughtful comments representing a range of opinions that express their views quickly and politely. We strive to protect discussions from repeated comments from the same or different readers
We follow the same standards of taste as everyday life. Some things we will not tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including profanity and letters followed by dashes), trade promotion, identity theft, inconsistency, proselytism and CRI. Do not include URLs to websites.
We do not change comments. They are approved or deleted. We reserve the right to modify a comment which is quoted or extracted in an article. In this case, we can correct the spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we do not want comments to get bogged down in policy discussions and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts report errors of fact or emphasis and investigate any claims. But these suggestions should be sent by email. To avoid distracting other readers, we will not post comments suggesting a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.