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Commenting Policy: Commenting Policy

Commenting on News from Cornwall and Cornwall-on-Hudson

When you leave a comment on a post, you start or join a conversation. Being part of a conversation means adding to the discussion, bringing forth new information, engaging others in discussion or just being entertaining. At the same time, commenting etiquette is expected. Whether you’re a seasoned commenter, or commenting on News from Cornwall and Cornwall-on-Hudson for the first time, we’ve got some guidelines for joining the online conversation and adding to the online community.

Anonynmity Not Allowed

If you have something to say, you are expected to create an account using your real name that will appear along with your comment. If the editor contacts you about your comment via email and you don’t respond, your comment will be deleted. Similarly, if the editor is not convinced that the name used on a comment is verifiable, a comment will be deleted.

Name-calling is Banned.

Let’s have a real conversation among neighbors. Disagreeing is often healthy; name-calling is not.

Hateful, bigoted language and name-calling, particularly when directed at fellow commenters, will not be tolerated. We all don’t agree on everything, and sometimes people say some stupid things. You wouldn’t call them out face to face – so don’t do it here. You can state your piece and disagree with someone without insulting that person.

Comments that attack fellow commentors, fellow citizens and elected officials will be eliminated. That doesn’t mean that you can’t criticize the action of an elected official, but name-calling and defamatory terms will not be tolerated.

In addition, making unsubstantiated charges against private or public individuals will not be tolerated. If you think that an elected official violated a local, state or federal law, make your case in front of a jury or judge but don’t make it online here.

Limit Comments to 150 Words

In the same vein, readers are asked to refrain from reprinting letters or editorials in the comment section. If you have a point to make, be brief. Comments more than 150 words long will be deleted -- or shortened.

Mind your manners.

If you’re a nasty, cranky person who condescends to people in real life and as a result is tolerated by very few people, this site is not your new social whipping boy. Name-calling and repeated nastiness will be rewarded with a ban from the site. Not sure what would get you banned? Best not test it. That goes for using profanity, too.


great idea! and rules.

posted by john Lonczak on 07/21/10 at 9:36 PM

100 words is pretty limiting. Kind of makes some of the best discussions I've seen on here very difficult. Applaud the other rules though. However, I hope you will actually enforce them.

posted by Chuck Trella on 07/21/10 at 10:22 PM

I am happy to see this new policy. It's a very good idea.

posted by Rita Ponessa on 07/22/10 at 6:20 AM

I agree 100 words might be tight. What is twitter 150? I think the standards of conduct will be welcome. I beleive we met Stephan , when i was champaining for trustee. Dident my daughter help you wash youre car? If I remember it correctly.

posted by Andrew Argenio on 07/22/10 at 7:45 AM

Well said and a good policy. I therefore apologize for using the word nitwit to describe a fellow commentator. But then again...

posted by james bell on 07/22/10 at 9:12 AM

Nancy, so glad you didn't say "KISS: Keep it Simple, Stupid!"

posted by barbara lee on 07/22/10 at 9:55 AM

I applaud the move and support the policy wholeheartedly.

It IS possible to disagree without being disagreeable. In this internet age, we are just now learning what most of our kids already know: that the rules of civility apply just as much to what we post as they do to what we say when we're in the same room with people.

If we can keep that in mind, we'll make a lot more progress.

posted by Jon Chase on 07/22/10 at 2:34 PM

Thank you for taking action on this issue. I was noticing a decline in valuable content from subscribers.

posted by j h on 07/23/10 at 10:18 AM

Have to say KIS not KISS; no name calling! Now if only the USCongress could follow some of these civility rules...

posted by Bill Clark on 07/23/10 at 10:29 AM

100 words seems pretty limited if one wants to get a point across with some detail, but I guess the rules are the rules. Glad to see the editor(s) setting some guidelines for folks to follow.

posted by Ted Warren on 07/23/10 at 11:39 AM

that's apparent, you're already testing the 'anonymity rule'. you have to admit, though, some rules are good. like the ones that keep people on their own side of the road...

posted by Kate Benson on 09/27/12 at 5:49 PM

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