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CapRadio Community Guidelines

Capital Public Radio’s online communities, including capradio.org and our Facebook page, are places to convene discussion and debate on the issues we cover in our stories and programs, as well as essential avenues for feedback and conversation with the public we serve.

We encourage the vibrant expression of diverse views, but we also ask that you help keep these arenas constructive by abiding by the following guidelines.

Be civil. It’s great to be passionate and OK to disagree, but aim to engage points, not personalities. No name-calling, slander or obscenities. Messages including hate speech or threatening/harassing content are never acceptable. Try to always keep in mind the human beings on the other end of your screen and treat them how you would like to be treated.

Stay on topic. Discussions are the most fruitful when they stick to the subject and don’t try to tackle too much at once. There may be a better time and place for thoughts outside the conversation at hand. You can find other ways to contact us here.

Keep it concise (and proofread!) Help us keep the conversation easy to follow by distilling your ideas as much as possible and reading for spelling and grammar before you hit send.

Don’t plagiarize. Linking to or quoting from relevant reading can add value and context to a conversation, but don’t copy and paste without attribution as this may violate the author’s copyright.

Respect others’ privacy. Don’t post personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, etc. If there’s someone you think we should talk to, you can send us their contact information in a private message instead.

No advertising, please. We want to hear about your ideas and experiences, but our online communities are not the place for promotion, recruiting, campaigning, soliciting or proselytizing.

Know your comments matter. We read them and use your input to shape our work. We genuinely want to know about your experiences, concerns and curiosities, and we believe an informed exchange of ideas helps make the world we share a better place.

Note that while we don’t screen comments before publication or edit their content, we do moderate them, and we may remove comments that don’t follow these guidelines. We appreciate your contributions and your help in creating a community that’s lively and thoughtful.

If you have feedback on how to improve these communities, please email digiteam@capradio.org

These guidelines were adapted in part from NPR’s Guidelines for Commenting.