Greater Greater Washington comment policyGreater Greater Washington encourages comments from all, regardless of point of view. We hope to build a strong dialogue around the issues discussed. A healthy debate and differing opinions are important parts of making even greater.
Welcoming a discussion with multiple points of view does not, however, mean that anyone has the right to post any comment. Comments that attack other commenters or contributors or dissuade others from posting their ideas serve to chill the discussion.
The basic rule is this: Be civil to one another. If you're being uncivil, you're likely breaking one of our specific comment policy rules below.
We will monitor comments and may, without notice, delete those that violate these guidelines:
- All commenters must treat their fellow commenters, authors, and
other users of the site with respect.
- Comments should address the substance of the argument being made, not
the person making the argument. Arguments which criticize a person rather
than specific ideas are not permitted. Nor are efforts to discredit a
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the substance of the article or comment. This includes attempts to discredit
someone based on where they live, their age, gender, sexual orientation, race,
or length of residence in the region, or any other form of attack on the person
rather than their argument.
- Name-calling or comments which berate, belittle, or interrogate other
individuals will not be tolerated. If you disagree with someone's ideas,
please make your case using a well-reasoned, logical argument about the issues
rather than attacking the author, his or her motivations, or other personal
- Comments should not discourage other commenters or contributors from
posting their views or suggest someone should not have spoken up.
Greater Greater Washington is a space for people to post ideas and opinions which may
or may not be fully thought through in every detail. If you think something is
missing or incorrect, provide useful additional information rather than
criticize another for posting without that information.
- Don't get into an aggressive argument with another commenter. The
comment section is a place many people go to learn more about an issue and hear
more perspectives. While we're glad you're passionate about making the
Washington region a better place, please don't let your passion carry you away.
If you get into a stalemate or a vicious back-and-forth with another commenter,
you stifle discussion from others and make it less likely that anyone else is
reading your comments. If you repeatedly derail comment threads in this manner,
you may be placed on moderation.
- Trolling will not be permitted. We welcome opposing viewpoints, and
we don.t want Greater Greater Washington to become an echo chamber. However, if
you come here solely to get a rise out of people and sow discord, we may delete
your comments or put you on moderation.
- Comments should be on topic. If you're passionate about an issue,
that.s great. But if you start posting about that issue, repeatedly, in threads
that are unrelated to it, we will delete your comment(s).
- You are not required to use your full name to comment here. However, you
must provide a real email address when commenting. Moderators make every
attempt to notify commenters when their comments are deleted and for what
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- We do not tolerate profanity or abusive language. It is important to
keep the dialogue civil.
- Do not advocate violent acts against any individual. Comments which
do so may be referred to appropriate authorities if necessary.
- It is not appropriate to post the same comment in multiple areas of the
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the discussion thread itself. Posting comments on the site about the comment
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The moderators make every attempt to enforce this comment policy fairly. Comments are not deleted based on their content, but based on the points outlined above. When comments are deleted, the moderators will do our best to contact you to explain why, so please use a real email address. If you have concerns, you can always contact us at email@example.com.
We try to read most of the comments, but depend on readers to report comments (there is a link at the bottom of each comment). If you see a comment that you think may violate the comment policy, please report it. The moderators may not have seen it, and you can help us keep the threads civil. Please do not reply to the comment.
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