The on-again, off-again debate over anonymous comments on news stories or on message boards is "on" again. I wrote about a specific case in my column Tuesday, and it resulted in a brief debate in the story comments area.
In the many years we’ve allowed people to post anonymous comments in the eForum section of reviewjournal.com, we’ve only been forced to ban a handful of users. The same holds true for the story commenting feature we added several months ago to stories on the site. We rely on the Internet community to help us police itself, and that policy usually works quite well.
The bottom line, however, is the Web master has the final call. We provide the sandbox, and invite any and all to come play. If you don’t follow the rules of our sandbox, you’re asking to be banned, and we’ll do what it takes to keep you out. Here’s the rules that every user agrees to by posting comments on our stories:
The following comments are provided by readers and are the sole responsiblity of the authors. The reviewjournal.Com does not review comments before publication nor guarantee their accuracy. By publishing a comment here you agree to abide by the comment policy. If you see a comment that violates the policy, please notify the web editor.
Here is the full comment policy:
Article comments are provided by readers and are the sole responsiblity of the authors. The Las Vegas Review-Journal and reviewjournal.com do not review comments before publication nor guarantee their accuracy. By publishing a comment here you agree to the below policy. If you see a comment that violates our policy, please notify the Online staff.
Article commenting is provided so readers can post ideas and comments related to the article. This is not a place to be conversational or a place where personal attacks are allowed. We hold the right to remove any comments that take on a personal nature or that we deem to be bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive.
Spamming and advertising is prohibited. We consider spamming to be any post that is not related to the article and/or contains links that advertise other websites.
We do allow links that are related to this article and provide more information to readers.
You agree, through your use of article commenting, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person’s privacy, or otherwise in violation of ANY law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. We encourage members to post links as sources to support their comments. You may post a link to the copyrighted material and up to one paragraph of quoted material for other users to review. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are all inappropriate.
Note that it is impossible for us to confirm the validity of comments posted. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages and are not responsible for their content. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information presented. The messages express the views of the author, not necessarily the views of The Las Vegas Review-Journal, reviewjournal.com or Stephens Media, LLC. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify Online staff. We maintain the right to remove objectionable content if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove particular messages immediately.
You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless this website, and any related companies or websites. We also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any information we have about you including IP address and your ISP) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any information posted by you.
All decisions and determinations will be made by the web editor, and they are final. The Las Vegas Review-Journal and reviewjournal.com maintains the right to revise or update these guidelines at any time without notice.
The key part of this statement is this phrase: "You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages."
We DO NOT edit any comments posted by users. That would make it OUR content, not yours. We simply supply the forum, and ask folks to play by the rules.