Updated September 2019
Rules of Engagement:
These rules are in addition to those described in the Disqus TOS.
1. Threats of bodily harm against anybody will not be tolerated.
2. Racist, bigoted, homophobic, transphobic or sexist comments are not allowed.
3. No use of the word “retard” or derivations, when intended as insults.
4. Personal attacks or insults directed at other members or moderators will result in comments being deleted and may lead to loss of posting privileges.
5. Insults against politicians and celebrities are allowed, provided they don’t break rules 1, 2 or 3.
6. No spam, or promotions of any kind unless pre-approved by a moderator.
7. Comments are to be posted in English, except for occasional common phrases.
8. In lieu of quoting significant amounts of text from a particular source, please post a reference link with your own commentary added instead.
Each discussion must include a link to a news-related article or video that is no more than 48 hours old. Approved sources include corporate blogs, letters to the editor, corporate websites, news aggregators, pro sports league and team websites, and school publications. Articles with a hard paywall or which require a subscription or login are not allowed since not everybody can view it. Social media sites and personal blogs are not allowed as sources, ditto for any sites that don’t comply with Disqus terms of service. Political cartoons count as an article. Should the source article include photographs, the discussion author shall select one photo and include a link to it. A substitute photo may be used where none is included with the article, providing the substitute relates to the subject matter and context of the article and does not politicize or add personal commentary. Moderators will, at their discretion, approve a complete discussion, request simple edits from the author before approving, or close a discussion as non-compliant, as “old news” or as a duplicate, with explanations. Moderators reserve the right to make edits to posted discussions, including modifying the title and adding or changing a photo, or reducing the amount of text quoted from an article. A discussion is considered a <i>duplicate</i> if it links to the exact same article or video as that of a previously posted discussion. Articles about the same subject but from different news sources and authors are not considered duplicates. Note that the owners and moderation staff reserve the right to disapprove discussions which do not comply with Disqus TOS or with our site’s values or guidelines.
This site has several volunteer moderators (“mods”) whose task it is to approve new discussions and enforce channel rules, and it’s often a thankless job. They come from various countries, backgrounds, genders and beliefs and provide their services at various times during the day, when their schedule permits. No single moderator can possibly review all of the thousands of comments posted on the site each day, so we rely on overlapping schedules to cover as many as possible. Members are encouraged to help out by flagging spam and inappropriate or offensive comments so that they will be brought to the attention of the mods. Moderators may, at their discretion, remove inappropriate comments and mete out temporary or permanent bans. In every case, they shall provide an explanation for doing so. You’ll see our moderators commenting in threads just like any other community poster. Mods who engage as CPs in a thread may no longer moderate that particular thread, so they must call upon another moderator to step in. This is to prevent any appearance of personal bias, particularly when it comes to deleted comments. The application of rules can be subjective and moderators are authorized to use their best judgement, but CPs may not always agree. CPs who would like to dispute the closing of a discussion, the deletion of a comment or the conduct of a moderator are encouraged to start a discussion at our resolution channel, the Dawg House at the link below. Abuse of moderators (when moderating) will not be tolerated in any form, so if you are asked to move on, please do so, or face a temporary or permanent ban.
Note about deletions: If you have thoughtfully crafted a lengthy comment that gets deleted, for example, because it contains a disallowed word or phrase, you can edit out the offending word(s) and reply back to the moderator who deleted it. If the edited comment passes muster, the moderator may, at his or her discretion, reinstate it.
Advertisements, promotions, inappropriate and non-English discussions are all subject to closure without notice and permanent banning from CA.News for the poster. Usually spam discussions are flagged automatically by Disqus and never seen by CPs. Those that manage to slip past the filters are inevitably identified and removed by our moderation staff. Posters creating spam discussions are permanently banned from CA.News and reported to Disqus for further action.
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