HuffPost Canada Community Code of Conduct
Welcome to the HuffPost Canada community. We are dedicated to maintaining a respectful community that actively engages in lively discussions about news stories and opinion/blog posts. Towards that end, we have basic ground rules for commenting to maintain a civil atmosphere. These are supported by a moderating system. If you wish to participate in the community, we ask that you follow the ground rules below and the spirit of the community they seek to maintain.
Respect others: Please be polite to all the members of our community, including other commenters, authors and the subjects of articles. Also, keep in mind that there are real people reading your comments.
Safe space: We believe strongly that the HuffPost Canada community should be a safe and welcoming space for all individuals, groups and their ideas. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to voice their opinion regardless of identity, politics, ideology, religion or agreement with other community members, the author of the post, staff members, or the subject of stories as long as those opinions are respectful and constructively add to the conversation. As such, any direct or indirect attacks, rudeness, insults, hate, hostility, or negativity, as well as any legal violations such as breaching court-ordered publication ban, or intentional attempts to derail, hijack, troll or bait others into an emotional response may be removed, and you may lose your ability to comment in this community. We reserve the right to remove these types of comments where warranted.
If you directly or indirectly threaten the physical or mental well-being of a member of this community, or an individual or group, you may be removed immediately. If a credible threat is made against an individual or group, not only may it be removed but it is likely that it will be reported to law enforcement agencies and we will co-operate with them to any extent requested. Personally identifiable information should never be posted to the HuffPost Canada comments section for the privacy and protection of all community members. This includes, but is not limited to, full names, addresses, phone numbers, or email addresses. Any comments that contain this information may be deleted.
Pretending to be someone else removes that unique value from you or from others. Don't misrepresent yourself or others, or spread misinformation. If you do, you will make the community a less enjoyable and valuable place to be and misrepresentation may be removed when we see it.
Moderation: Comments may be pre-moderated before being published to the site. If your comment includes restricted words or other indications that it violates our guidelines, you will receive a message that it will be moderated. This does not necessarily mean the comment will be rejected. Review time can vary depending on the site-wide comment load. Your comment may be removed at any time, if a moderator feels it violates the posting guidelines or code of conduct, and, if we deem necessary, you will be permanently excluded from the community.
Community Q & As
Q: Do I need an account on HuffPost?
A: Yes. The first time you comment, you’ll need to log into our commenting system, which you can do via Facebook, Google, Twitter or email. After that, you’ll be signed in automatically.
Q: Where can I create an account and log-in?
A: There is a log-in prompt at the bottom of every article where the comments begin.
Q: Can I edit or delete my comment?
A: Yes, you can. Go to the article where you posted your comment:
- Scroll down to comments section, and find your comment
- Mouse over the right side of the comment, and click on the arrow that appears
- This is a drop-down menu. Choose to edit or delete your comment
- Confirm delete.
These simple steps will allow you to either edit or delete any comment you've made to one of our stories.
Please note: You must be using a desktop or laptop in order to edit or delete comments. At this time, mobile devices such as tablets and phones do not have that function.
Q: Where can I change my screen name?
A: At the top of a new comment, you’ll see your name at the top right with a drop-down menu beside it. Click on that menu and hit “profile.” You can change your screen name and add more information to your account there.
Q: Can I include a link in my comment?
A: Yes. But any comment that contains a link to an inappropriate site may not be displayed on the HuffPost site.
Q: Why are comments closed on the story I’m reading?
A: We reserve the right to close commenting on stories due to legal or editorial considerations.
Q: Why do my posts never appear in HuffPost comments?
A: If a user has repeatedly posted comments that violate these ground rules, their comments may be blocked from appearing on the site. This would include inappropriate comments that contain, insults, attacks, abuse towards other users or groups; or have engaged in trolling or hijacking the comment threads.
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Q: How do I pitch or contact HuffPost Canada?
A: You can find information about writing for HuffPost Canada’s Opinion and Personal sections here.
To pitch a story, or send a question or comment to our editors, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.