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Comments Policy

Purpose of the Media Competency comment policy
is to help ensure that our comment section is a dynamic and civic space for conversation. Comments are reviewed by the editor. Media Competence reserves the right to delete any comments at any time.

Share your knowledge, add it to the conversation.
Make sure your comments relate directly to the story. Try to improve the conversation. Comments are useful when they add new perspectives, nuances, expertise or even proposed solutions. If you've made your point, or many others have succeeded, don't feel the need to repeat it. If you're not sure your comment adds value, don't post. Use the Disqus voting tool under each comment to express your support or disagreement with one click.

Be pleasant, even when you disagree.
Critique ideas, not people. Provide reasonable counter-arguments that enhance the conversation.
Avoid name-calling, ad hominem attacks, or responding to tone of comments instead of actual content.
Be civil. Cruelty and intolerance will not be tolerated.
Don't post comments that a reasonable person would find offensive, abusive, or hateful.
Don't post anything obscene or sexually explicit. Do not harass anyone, impersonate anyone, or expose their personal information.
Don't post spam or damage forums.
Tell us who you are.
If you can, we ask that you register using your real name. It makes the forum more transparent if people know who is commenting and who they are responding to. However, if you have compelling reasons to remain anonymous, we ask that you choose a user account and stick with it. Media Competence
will block users found posting under some Disqus handles.

Let us know what you think.
We welcome feedback about our comments policy. If you believe a comment violates our policies, please use the flag tool — we'll get an automatic warning — or email us at To keep the discussion on topic, we don't allow moderation questions in the comments section itself. We do our best to respond to all email inquiries regarding the comments section.
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