Shanghaiist loves our readers, and we love your comments (even the ones accusing us of being stooges for the US government and the CPC, sometimes at the same time). However, Shanghaiist is a private website, and we reserve the right to delete any comments we find offensive. In the past, we have taken a somewhat lax approach to enforcing our (long established) commenting policy; no more.
If a commenter repeatedly abuses our comment policy, we delete all of their comments on every post on the site, and ban their IP address.
In order to make our comments useful and interesting, the following guidelines have been established for comment users:
- Do not post threatening, harassing, defamatory, or libelous material
- Do not intentionally make false or misleading statements
- Do not offer to sell or buy any product or service
- Do not post material that infringes copyright
- Do not post information that you know to be confidential or sensitive or otherwise in breach of the law
- Keep all comments relevant to the particular Gothamist Site where the comment is being posted
The decision whether to delete a comment or ban a user is ultimately at the moderator’s discretion (we won’t ban users simply for criticising the site however, provided it is done in a reasonable way).
We believe strongly that a better moderated commenting community will lead to better conversations which will ultimately benefit you, the reader*. To this end, we would invite readers to join with us in building a better, more enjoyable community by reporting comments that are clearly offensive, trolling, or spam. Disqus allows you to do this by clicking ‘flag as inappropriate’, or email [email protected] with a link to the comment in question.
Note: We are aware of an ongoing problem whereby the Chicagoist Disqus commenting system sometimes loads instead of Shanghaiist. We are working to fix this, in the meantime, please do not comment if you see Chicagoist on the Disqus box, as these comments will be lost.
*Believe it or not, comments don’t actually drive much traffic to posts, the commenting system is for you, not us.
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