EdSource Comments Policy

EdSource seeks to facilitate thoughtful conversation about news stories, commentaries and other editorial content published on our website both through our comments section and through social media networks (Twitter and Facebook) hosted by EdSource.  We welcome commenters to voice their opinions regardless of their political or  personal views.  It is important that all our readers feel comfortable, whether on the EdSource website, or on social media platforms.

Because EdSource has a limited capacity to review all our comments, not all reports or commentaries on our site will be open for comments.  We will open in-depth EdSource stories of wide public interest for comments.  On those stories or commentaries that do not allow for comments, we encourage readers to participate in online discussions on our social media networks.

In general, we expect a civil and respectful tone when commenting about other commenters and contributors, including EdSource staff. To ensure the discussions on EdSource are both vibrant and civil, EdSource has instituted the following guidelines for commenting on the site. Commenters to our site should:

  • Make the comment relevant to the subject of the article to which you’re responding;
  • Make assertions or claims based on fact or supported by evidence which you should cite in your comment.
  • Respect opinions of all people who comment. If you disagree with a comment, state your opinion without belittling or attacking the author of the other comment;
  • Be brief. Comments exceeding approximately 80 words will, by default, show only those first 80 words, with readers having the option to expand the comment in its entirety;
  • Use your real name. If you must use a pseudonym, please only use one.

Commenters who consistently and/or intentionally make this a less receptive space to share ideas may be subject to:

  • A friendly warning from EdSource administrators;
  • Temporary or permanent auto-moderation of comments, meaning administrators will screen your comments before publishing.

Our web administrators may read comments before they are displayed to other users. Comments are automatically held for moderation under the following circumstances:

  • If you are commenting on EdSource for the first time;
  • If your comment contains more than one hyperlink;
  • If you have violated EdSource’s Comments Policy and you were placed in auto-moderation by an administrator;
  • In certain circumstances, WordPress will automatically moderate comments from existing commenters, usually if a user is commenting from a different computer.

The following comments will result in immediate removal:

  • Personal attacks, verbal harassment, or threats of violence against another commenter or group of people;
  • Comments from the same person under multiple pseudonyms;
  • Spam;
  • Comments that are potentially defamatory or libelous.
  • Comments that in our view are uncivil, disrespectful or insulting, and contribute to creating an unwelcoming space for civil and respectful dialog.

Commentators that violate these guidelines may be permanently excluded from commenting on the EdSource website.

We reserve the right to edit comments for length, spelling, punctuation, or to remove content that violate these guidelines.

We look forward to continuing a vibrant, constructive dialog on public education in California. Please feel free to send us any questions or comments about this policy or if you have any difficulty posting a comment on our site.