FAQ: Comments and Moderation

Q: What is the Juvenile Justice Blog’s Comment Policy?

A: The Juvenile Justice Blog pre-moderates comments on blog posts. We never censor comments based on political or ideological point of view. We only delete those comments that include the following transgressions:

• are abusive, off-topic, use excessive foul language
• include ad hominem attacks including comments that celebrate the death or illness of any person, public figure or otherwise
• contain racist, sexist, homophobic and other slurs
• are solicitations and/or advertising for personal blogs and websites
• thread spamming (you’ve posted this same comment elsewhere on the site)
• are posted with the explicit intention of provoking other commenters or the Blogger.
• contains content that may infringe the copyright or intellectual property rights of others or other applicable laws or regulations.

Q: I posted a comment. Why can’t I see it on the site?

A: There are two scenarios for which your comment may not appear:

1. It may be pending approval. Comments on the blog are moderated BEFORE they appear on the site, and this takes time. We appreciate your patience and ask that you refrain from posting the same comment repeatedly.

2. Your comment violated the policy above. We pride ourselves in providing a medium for engaging and thought-provoking stories and encourage our users to speak their minds freely, provided comments fall within our commenting policy.

Q: Why am I blocked from commenting on the Juvenile Justice Blog?

A: There are a few scenarios in which a comment might be blocked:

1. A comment is extremely abusive, off-topic, uses excessive foul language, or includes an ad hominem attack.

2. If a commenter has previously posted comments that are abusive, off-topic, used excessive foul language, or include ad hominem attacks, the moderator may decide to ban the commenter’s IP address. This means the abusive commenter is banned from commenting on the site in the future, even if the later comments are not abusive.

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2 Responses to FAQ: Comments and Moderation

  1. Hello,

    I was looking at your article Kids Behind Bars Aug. 2012, and I was wondering where you got the image from. We are currently working on a documentary called Push Out about low-income minority children with learning disabilities and their over-representation in the juvenile system (school to prison pipeline). We would like to use that image until we start our principal shots. Thank you for your time.

    Cynthia Perez

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