Comment policy

Our comments section is intended to be a forum for productive, thoughtful and considerate discussion about community issues covered on our site. We encourage our commenters to start a dialogue. Being part of a community means expressing differing views with others. But please do so respectfully.

Our guidelines

Stay on topic. Discuss the facts, issues and opinions at hand.

Be civil. Threats, hate speech and defamatory comments are not tolerated. Personal attacks on staff members, other commenters or the subjects of stories are not allowed.

No advertising or spammy content.

How we deal with violations of our guidelines or terms of use

Your comment might be deleted. Deletion comes without notice.

Repeat offenders and fake profiles might be banned without notice. We reserve the right to ban offenders based on our own judgment. Our decisions are final.

We use Viafoura’s commenting plug-in as our commenting platform, so you need to be logged in to a social account or Viafoura account to comment.

We depend on our community members to help identify violations. To report a violation of our guidelines, click the arrow to the upper right of the comment and select “Mark as spam.”

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