Comments and Discussion Policy

This is the discussion policy for users of and’s social networking tools. All participants offering comments on or related social networks are required to follow these guidelines. Those violating the following guidelines may have their comments removed or blocked.

These guidelines are intended to facilitate connection, learning, and sharing within the online community. Please contribute to and be part of our community by participating with these guidelines in mind:

  1. Be respectful and civil. If polite language isn’t possible, don’t post. Engage points, focus on ideas, debate, and discuss. Never resort to name-calling, slander, or obscenities. Messages that include anything determines to be hate speech, a threat, harassment, or illegal will be removed and the poster blocked.
  2. Be clear. Use concise language. Focus on the topic. Before submitting, take a moment to re-read your post for clarity, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. AVOID ALL CAPS (the online version of shouting). Posts edited by for length or clarity will be noted as such.
  3. Respect copyright. Write your own posts. A link or quote from another source can be a meaningful addition to the discussion; copying and pasting an entire article from elsewhere does not contribute in a meaningful way (also see guideline 2, above). In addition, it often violates the author’s copyright. Help keep the conversation lively and focused by posting only one link per comment.
  4. Promote the discussion, rather than your own interests.’s online community is not an appropriate venue for posters’ advertisements, promotions, campaigns, solicitations, or proselytizing. There can be a fine line between discussion and promotion of personal interests; use your best judgment and we’ll use ours.
  5. Be transparent and aware of the web’s long memory. If you have a potential conflict of interest, be the first to name it. If you aren’t sure if you should post it, don’t — or ask a colleague.

Comments are moderated. will not publish comments that it determines do not meet these guidelines (adapted in part from NPR’s Guidelines for Commenting).

Thank you for being part of’s online community.


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