Commenting Guidelines

Welcome to The Gateway!

We all have a lot to say, and we try to stay open to different viewpoints, but it’s possible to get out of hand. Here are some ground rules for commenting on articles. Our moderators reserve the right to remove anything that they deem inappropriate.

How does our comment system work?

We monitor comments, which means that comments have to be approved before they’ll show up on our site. Commenters have to register using their name and email when they submit a comment for approval.

What comments are acceptable?

As the student journalism society, we value free speech and encourage debate on all our posted content and platforms. If you have a differing opinion, further comments, or even a compliment we encourage you to post a comment voicing your thoughts on our site!

What comments are not acceptable?

Comments including the following may be deleted or unapproved without notice: personal attacks or threats, defamatory or unlawful statements, impersonations of others, discrimination, and hate or violence-inducing statements about a race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Users who repeatedly include the former in their comments will be banned.

When will a comment be removed?

When a comment violates our commenting guidelines, we will remove it and link to this page as a reminder of what is and is not acceptable. We may also outright choose not to approve it in the first place if it violates our comments guidelines. If you disagree with the removal or lack of approval of your comment or want a more in-depth explanation of our guidelines, please contact us privately.

TL;DR

Our editors hold the right to delete, refuse to approve, or otherwise do away with any comment we believe violates these guidelines. Above all, don’t be a jerk, and try to treat others as you would like to be treated.