Comments Policy

One of the goals of this site is to promote critical discussion and debate on US foreign policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We want Mondoweiss to be a place that everyone feels comfortable visiting, to read and comment, regardless of political perspective. People might not always like what we post, but everyone should feel invited and encouraged to join the discussion, share their opinions, and engage in debate.

Unfortunately, more and more we are hearing that people are not comfortable participating in the site because of the noxious and often abusive language that proliferates in the comments section. We’ve tried the hands-off approach, hoping the site would regulate itself. This hasn’t worked.

For this reason we are putting in place the following ground rules:

1. No racist or sexist comments. This includes anti-Arab, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments (and yes, Christian-bashing too). This includes comments that disparage, intimidate or attack a person based on perceived ethnicity or gender.

2. No Nakba or Holocaust denial. We’re not going to tolerate any discussion of the Jewish role in the rise of the Nazis which is used as a pretext for blaming Jews for the Nazi rise, a form of Holocaust denial we want no part of. Similarly, this policy includes Nakba denial as well, and efforts to blame the expulsion of Palestinians in 1948 on Palestinian actions.

3. No profanity. Along with racism and sexism the prevalence of profanity in the comments on the blog has forced people away. This has to end.

4. No personal attacks. We encourage spirited, passionate debate, but if you have to resort to vicious personal attack, you’re not advancing the discussion. Stay on the issues.

5. No imposture. You can use any pseudonym you like, but if you represent yourself as someone you’re not, you’re outta here.

6. No trolling. Wikipedia defines trolling as “someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response.” That definition is good enough for us. We hope our comment section can feature an engaged and free flowing debate, but we are not interested in commenters whose only aim is to disrupt or sabotage the discussion.

7. This is not a site to discuss 9/11 theories. This discussion turns into a huge distraction, is not central to the life of the site, and is a drag on the moderators.

If we judge that you have broken one of these rules you will be banned. We will ban the IP address you are posting from and if you try to post from another IP address we will ban that as well.

We like to think that this site has become a dynamic and necessary forum. Your help will ensure that it continues to grow and develop.

Thanks,

Phil & Adam

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  1. hellsbells says:

    I understand that no one wants to moderate comments until the cows come home but it would be nice if we could actually finish conversations that have already started.

  2. stephenjones says:

    “people like you w/the allegations” … people should talk to Annie about rule #4

    Sincerely,

    “people like me”

  3. User “Hostage” repeatedly have called users here slurs, what is Mondoweiss doing against such “#4 Personal attacks”? Should such comments be deleted/moderated?

  4. hophmi says:

    There are people here who have repeatedly tried to out my personal identity. This is something the moderators have been told repeatedly not to allow. Why is it going on?

  5. jon s says:

    That said, hophmi, it’s too late, your identity has been outed.
    But the moderators should take note for the future.

  6. Djinn says:

    I said in the thread that people’s identities shouldn’t be exposed but if you want to remain anonymous it’s probably a good idea not to post on other sites using both your real name AND your pseudonym. Hophmi should probably take some responsibility for his own stupidity.

  7. jon s says:

    I’ve noticed that it’s not possible for me -and , I assume, other commenters – to add a picture to my comment.
    As a suggestion : why not allow commenters to add a photo, a map, and so forth? It would be subject to moderation, of course. The moderators wiould ensure that the added picture is inoffensive and relevant to the topic.
    I think it would enrich the discussion.

    • jon, i think if you register w/graviator there’s a way you can get a photo or icon to appear next to your name. but as far as being able to add photos to the comments that’s out of my league. you wouls have to write phil or adam. plus, there are some other features i would really like the site to get back, and don’t see that as i priority. but you never know.

  8. So, it would be great if you could fix the problem many people have raised here, namely that comments gets stuck for “moderation” sometimes for 10 hours while newer comments show up before.

  9. Marnie says:

    I apologize for the profanity I have used and will refrain from using those words.

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