Verbum Ultimum: Clarifying Comments

by The Dartmouth Editorial Board | 1/29/14 6:32pm

After receiving a draft of today’s column by Emily Sellers, the members of The Dartmouth Editorial Board realized that our online commenting policy had not been posted on our new website after it launched late last year. We apologize for this oversight.

As you may know, the updated site uses Disqus, which requires commenters to provide an email address before posting. In the past, our readers did not need to create an account before writing a comment.

We want comments on The Dartmouth’s website to continue to enable healthy, vibrant debate and conversation. We do not permit comments that are off-topic, contain obscenities or put forward ad hominem attacks. The Dartmouth still reserves the right to disable commenting on any article and to remove comments at any time.

In the past 24 hours, we have seen an unusually high number of unacceptable and offensive comments, and from now on, we will screen all comments before they are published on the site. Previously, a filter screened comments for vulgar language. Published comments that did not adhere to The Dartmouth’s policy were deleted upon review.

The comments are moderated by editor-in-chief Lindsay Ellis and executive editors Stephanie McFeeters and Michael Riordan. Opinion editor Katie McKay was the only staff member who edited Sellers’s column for content.

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