House Rules

Commenting Guidelines for Northern Ireland Elects:

We encourage open and respectful discussions on Northern Ireland Elects. To ensure a positive and constructive community, we have established the following house rules for commenting:

  1. Respectful Communication: Treat fellow commenters and authors with respect. Avoid personal attacks, derogatory language, or offensive content. Disagreements are welcome, but they should be expressed in a civil and courteous manner.
  2. Stay on Topic: Keep your comments relevant to the article or topic being discussed. Off-topic comments or spam may be removed.
  3. No Hate Speech or Discrimination: Hate speech, discriminatory remarks, or any form of harassment will not be tolerated. Comments that promote racism, sexism, homophobia, or any form of prejudice will be deleted.
  4. Cite Sources: If you’re sharing information or making claims, provide credible sources to back up your statements. This helps maintain accurate and informed discussions.
  5. Avoid Plagiarism: Do not copy and paste content from other sources without proper attribution. Respect copyright and intellectual property rights.
  6. Keep It Clean: Avoid using profanity or explicit language. Comments with inappropriate or vulgar content will be removed.
  7. Constructive Criticism: While criticism is allowed, ensure it’s constructive and provides valuable insights. Avoid overly negative or unproductive comments.
  8. Privacy and Personal Information: Do not share personal information in the comments section, including your own or others’. Protect your privacy and the privacy of others.
  9. No Promotion or Spam: Refrain from promoting products, services, or self-promotion in the comments. Comments that are primarily promotional or spammy will be deleted.
  10. Be Mindful of Tone: The tone of your comments matters. Avoid using excessive capital letters, multiple exclamation points, or other forms of communication that may come across as aggressive.
  11. Moderation and Enforcement: Northern Ireland Elects reserves the right to moderate comments and remove those that violate these guidelines. Repeat offenders may be banned from commenting. Comments may be held for moderation before being published.
  12. Feedback and Suggestions: If you have suggestions or feedback about our content or website, we welcome your input. However, use the appropriate channels provided for feedback rather than the comments section.

By participating in the comments section, you agree to abide by these house rules. Let’s work together to create a respectful and engaging community for discussing topics related to Northern Ireland politics and elections.

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