Community Discussion Rules

The following text serves as the official discussion policy for users of KUOW.org's social networking tools. All participants in KUOW.org social networking features, story/blog commenting, and other forums are required to follow these rules, in addition to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy for KUOW.org.

Failure to follow these rules will result in removed or blocked comments.

Be Polite: We don't want to stifle discussion of controversial issues. Some topics require blunt talk, and we're not always going to agree with each other. Nonetheless, please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Focus your remarks on positions, not personalities. No personal attacks, name calling, libel, defamation, hate speech, etc.  Under no circumstances should you post anything that could be taken as threatening, harassing, bullying, obscene, pornographic, sexist or racist.

Refrain From Obscenities: We want everyone to feel comfortable participating.

Post Your Own Work: You're welcome to link to relevant content and to quote limited amounts from other people's work with attribution and any associated copyright notice and consistent with "fair use" principles of copyright law. Do not copy and paste wholesale.

Stay On Topic: Please keep your comments to 400 words or less. We reserve the right to edit for brevity, clarity and other purposes.

Respect People's Privacy: Do not share another's contact information through KUOW's discussion threads or social networking features.

Discuss, Don’t Campaign: Feel free to share your ideas and experiences about religion, politics and relevant products or services you've discovered. But this is not a place for advertising, promotion, recruiting, campaigning, lobbying, soliciting or proselytizing.

Ignore Trolling Commenters: Please report abuse by trolls. But we also ask that you not engage with trolls in the comment threads, we reserve the right to remove posts from suspected trolls and any response made to their posts.

Do Not Engage In Gossip: KUOW reserves the right not to publicize rumors, allegations, conspiracy theories and other information which we know to be false or unsubstantiated.

Do Not Pose As Someone Else

On Using Public Forums For Individual Communications To KUOW Or Others: We welcome your comments and questions about KUOW editorial content or policies anytime. But please note, we can address your questions more quickly if you write us directly on those issues. Thanks for your consideration in this. 

You are solely responsible for the content you post. KUOW is not responsible for the content posted by its users. We do not and cannot review all user content posted on KUOW.org or other public forums. However, we have the right (but not the obligation) to review, screen, delete, edit and/or move any content posted on KUOW.org or our other social media platforms.