Sample Comment Moderation Policies

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Below is a list of resources to consult when constructing a Comment Moderation Policy for your blog.  Readers are invited to send us their favorite resources and samples and we’ll include them here.

  • Comments Form Message.  For Blogger blogs, use this gadget to add comment moderation policy text directly above the comments dialog box.  Here is sample text:

Read This Before Leaving a Comment

Please make sure your comments follow our guidelines:

- Use your real name, not keywords
– No signature links in your comments
– No foul language (please)

Comments that do not adhere will be deleted or marked as SPAM.

  • Comments Policy Plugin.  For WordPress blogs, this plugin automatically creates a comments moderation policy and places it directly above the comments dialog box.

Readers are solely responsible for the content of the comments they post here. Comments are subject to the site’s terms and conditions of use and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or approval of the Houston Chronicle. Readers whose comments violate the terms of use may have their comments removed or all of their content blocked from viewing by other users without notification.

  • Library of Congress Blog.  Score another find for Regina! She points out that the LOC blog has a comprehensive comment moderation policy that appears directly above the comments dialog and serves as a good example:

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user’s privilege to post content on the Library site.

  • Terms of Service Agreement Clause.  Include a separate clause in your Terms of Service agreement (TOS) emphasizing your comments moderation policy.  Here is sample text:

Comments: [Name of your blog] is not responsible for any comments made by contributors in the Comments pages. However [Name of your blog] will exercise its right to moderate and edit comments which are deemed to be offensive or unsuited to the subject matter of this site.

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