RYE NEWS COMMENTS POLICY
From October 2015 Rye News has been inviting readers to comment on stories.
The Comment form will appear at the foot of the story – once submitted the comment will only be published and appear below the story if it is first approved.
If a story is not published Rye News will, in most cases, give a reason to the person submitting the comment.
The Editor has the final say on whether comments can be approved and published or not.
The Editor can ask someone to approve and publish comments on his behalf.
If this person has any doubt about the suitability of the comment they must seek advice from the Editor and act on this advice.
A DEBATE TO BE ENCOURAGED
Comments will be published if the opinions expressed and the language used to express them is suitable to a rational, informed, constructive and generally polite debate on the topic contained within the original story.
NO PERSONAL REMARKS
Vigorous debate is still to be encouraged. But personal remarks are not – for instance in some circumstances it might be acceptable to say something as strong as “I think the views expressed in the story are ridiculous/ ignorant/ prejudiced etc” but it would not be acceptable to say “the author is ridiculous/ ignorant/prejudiced etc”
COMMENTS ABOUT OTHERS
Any comments made about other people or organisations whether they refer to the story or not must be based on evidence and justified. They should also generally be expressed in a reasonable and considered way.
Comments should not intend to be inflammatory or set out to cause an angry reaction. Vigorous debate is welcomed and you are welcome to express a strongly held opinion but your comment should not be likely to offend those who do not agree with you.