We want a free-ranging conversation that features diverse points of view and as many voices as possible on a topic.
We also want a civil back and forth with respect between commenters, so while no one will ever be penalized for taking an unpopular point of view, we’ve got a few common-sense guidelines for our comments section.
1. We do not edit comments. If a comment violates our policies, it simply will not appear.
2. Comments are manually approved by Coconuts staff, which means that they will not appear immediately. It might even take a few hours, but this does not mean we are ignoring you. When your comment is approved, you will receive a notification email.
3. We appreciate that passions can run hot on certain topics, and we certainly don’t mind lively debate. We do ask, however, that you take aim at arguments, not people. Comments that descend into personal attacks or use epithets based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, nationality, disability, or economic status will not be approved.
4. Keep it relevant. Comments that are completely unrelated to the story topic will likely not see the light of day.
5. We will not allow potentially libelous material or comments that violate the laws of the countries in which we operate.
6. Don’t like a story? Tell us! Criticism of our articles is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. Just don’t deliberately misrepresent a story’s contents (i.e. misquote the author to better suit your narrative).
7. We do not allow spam, pornography, advertising, URLs, email addresses, or phone numbers in comments.
If you believe a comment you’ve seen falls afoul of these guidelines, please hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org and bring it to our attention.
Updated on November 3, 2017