Comment policy

If you have something thoughtful and interesting to say, please comment. You're welcome to disagree and debate with the author of an article. All we ask is that you do it in a way that contributes to a useful discussion. Please be civil. Please also use your first and last real names when commenting via the Disqus comment system.

The Disqus comment system allows comments to be flagged. If you believe a comment is defamatory or abusive please flag it. We'll look at it and decide whether or not to delete it. We are more likely to remove anonymous comments.

How we deal with trolls

A troll

We sometimes remove troll comments and block trolls. We do this in order to encourage people to comment who wish to genuinely engage with the articles we publish. We believe trolls dissuade comments from people with interesting things to say. Removing comments is not an infringement of freedom of expression. The World Editor's Forum states:

There was general consensus that by moderating comments, publications were not limiting their readers’ freedom of speech. Most editors believe that there are an infinite number of places online for the public to express their points of view, it doesn’t have to be on a specific news site, so it is up to the publication to determine the kind of conversation it wants to host.