We only ask that you refrain from using obscenities or racial slurs, from engaging in personal attacks on other commenters and from knowingly posting false information.
If we are contacted with verifiable information that contradicts any comment posted on our forum, our policy is to remove the offending comment.
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE
We truly appreciate those of you who heeded our last Important Message (read it here) and cut back on the name-calling, blanket condemnations and personal attacks. This has encouraged more readers to leave comments, and the discussions have been more productive. Thank you!
With time, though, some of you have reverted back to old ways. A quick review of our most popular stories over the past two weeks has revealed countless personal attacks and off-topic discussions. The new wave of personal attacks are most commonly directed at public officials and suspected criminals. We closely reviewed the comments under one story, and after removing the personal attacks and off-topic discussions, the comments were reduced from 80 to just nine comments.
Here’s the deal going forward: Comments that contain personal attacks on anyone (public officials and suspected criminals included) will be removed. Off-topic discussions will also be removed. For instance, if you post a comment about President Obama’s lack of leadership under a story about teacher contracts in the Palmdale School District, that comment will be removed (unless you can somehow correlate the two). Feel free to place the comment in our Speak Out section, instead.
We understand that certain crime stories warrant passionate responses, but we must draw the line when it comes to comments that advocate violence against suspected criminals. Additionally, comments that indicate a connection between suspected criminals and Section 8, EBT, etc., without proof to support such a connection, will be removed for making false statements.
HELP US POLICE THIS FORUM
We are counting on you, our most dedicated readers, to help us enforce these policies. If you see a comment that violates our rules, send us a quick e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to report the offending comment. You can also message us on Facebook at facebook.com/theavtimes.
Additionally, we welcome any and all suggestions about how we can better moderate our comments section. As always, thanks for reading!
Now let your voice be heard… Speak Out!