NHPR's Website Comment Guidelines

NHPR’s website is a place where we can continue the conversation beyond our stories and programs. When we all share our ideas, opinions and experiences, everyone benefits.

Our guidelines are intended to build our online community so we can connect to – and learn from – each other. You can help achieve that goal by posting your comments with these guidelines in mind:

1) Write with civility and respect. If you can’t be polite, don’t post it. Disagree without being disagreeable. Engage points, not personalities; focus on ideas, not motivations. Always avoid name-calling, slander, and obscenities. Messages including hate speech, or threatening/harassing content are never acceptable. And, of course, don’t break any laws while posting.

2) Write with clarity. Keep each post to about 200 words; longer posts tend to monopolize the discussion. We may edit excessively long posts. It’s also a good idea to re-read your post for grammar and spelling before hitting Submit – writing clearly is a sign of courtesy to others. And please avoid TYPING IN ALL CAPS - it's the online version of shouting.

3) Stay on-topic. Sticking to one topic at a time helps us have the best possible discussion. If you’re itching to talk about something that’s doesn’t fit any of our discussion threads, suggest the topic through our Public Insight Network.

4) Post your own work. Feel free to link to and/or quote from other articles and works that fit the topic. But copying and pasting a whole article from elsewhere slows down the conversation and usually violates the author’s copyright. Help keep the conversation focused by posting only one link per comment.

5) Promote discussion, not yourself. Commenting for purposes other than sincere conversation disrupts the discussion. The online community isn’t a place for advertising, promotion, recruiting, campaigning, soliciting or proselytizing. There can be a fine line between discussion and promotion – use your best judgment and we’ll use ours. Trolling is never acceptable.

All comments are moderated; we may edit or even refuse to publish comments that don’t meet these guidelines. Most comments are reviewed during our hours of operation, which accounts for the delay in comments submitted in the evenings or during the weekends.

Visit our Terms of Use page for more information on what is and isn’t allowed on NHPR.org.

Our guidelines are adapted in part from NPR’s Guidelines for Commenting and the Commenting Guidelines from Open Source.