Comment Policy

The Silver Lining News Code of Conduct

We are committed to upholding standards of respect regarding discussions on news stories and blog posts. Since others can see and engage with each other’s comments on the SLN site, please show consideration of others in your own comments.

Your comments will remain autonomous from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites and will not be published anywhere else but on The Silver Lining News site, for that matter.

Safe Space – We believe that The Silver Lining News should be a safe and welcoming space for all individuals, groups and their ideas. As such, we reserve the right to remove any rudeness, insults, hate, hostility, or negativity.

Moderation – In order to help provide a safe space for our community, we have a moderation process for comments before publication. It may take some time for your comment to pass through this process. Please be patient, we will process your comment as soon as possible.

Reporting– Please flag any bad comments you see or report any users who are consistently making negative, threatening comments or harassing others.

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The Silver Lining News Commenting Policy

Q: What is The Silver Lining News’ Code of Conduct?
A: Commenting Guiding Principles

The Silver Lining News wants to host a thriving user community and encourages commenting on news stories and blog posts. We are dedicated to maintaining a respectful, engaging and informative conversation. Towards that end, we have basic ground rules for commenting to maintain a civil atmosphere. These are supported by a moderating system. If you wish to participate in commenting on the site, or posting articles and blogs, we ask that you follow the ground rules below and the spirit of the community they seek to create.

(I) If your comments make this website a less civil and enjoyable place to be, you and your comments may be excluded from it.

  • The Silver Lining News promotes a receptive, transparent and civil atmosphere for -comments and users. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to voice their opinion regardless of identity, politics, ideology, religion or agreement with others, the author of the post or staff members as long as those opinions are respectful and constructively add to the conversation. However, The Silver Lining News does not tolerate direct or indirect attacks, name-calling or insults, nor does it tolerate intentional attempts to derail, hijack, troll or bait others into an emotional response. We reserve the right to remove these types of comments wherein it is warranted. Individuals who consistently or intentionally post these types of comments may lose their ability to comment and, if we deem necessary, be permanently excluded from The Silver Lining News website.

(II) Comments will be pre-moderated.

  • To maintain a civil atmosphere, we reserve the right to read comments before they are displayed on the site. Review time can vary depending on the site-wide comment load, so please be patient — we will strive to get to all comments as quickly as possible. Please, do not resubmit the same comment or email complaint assuming it has been deleted.

(IV) Be yourself, only yourself, and just one of yourself.

  • Every person’s opinion is valuable and unique. Pretending to be someone else removes that unique value from you or from others. Don’t misrepresent yourself or others, or spread misinformation. If you do, you will make the website a less enjoyable and valuable place to be and misrepresentation may be removed when we see it.

(V) Safe Space.

  • We strongly believe that The Silver Lining News should be a safe space for individuals, groups and their ideas. As such, purposefully insulting and hostile language or personal threats are not welcome here. If you directly or indirectly threaten the physical or mental well-being of anyone associated with this site, or an individual or group, you may be removed immediately. If a credible threat is made against an individual or group, not only may it be removed but it is likely that it will be reported to law enforcement agencies and we will cooperate with them to any extent requested. Personally identifiable information should never be posted to The Silver Lining News comments sections for the privacy and protection of all participants. This includes, but is not limited to, full names, addresses, phone numbers, or email addresses. Any comments that contain this information may be deleted.

Q: Why do my posts never appear in The Silver Lining News comments?
A: If a user has repeatedly posted comments that have violated these ground rules, their comments may be blocked from appearing on the website. This would include inappropriate comments that contain, insults, and attacks, abuse towards other users or groups; or have engaged in trolling or hijacking the comment threads.

Updated July 1, 2014