REMINDER: Comments Rules on donegaldaily.com.
Please read these donegaldaily.com rules carefully. They outline what we consider is acceptable and unacceptable content. We may update the rules from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Our careful analysis of comments is for legal reasons.
▪ Rule 1: We welcome your opinions We welcome your opinions. We want our readers to see and understand different points of view. We do not allow bad language and we do not allow abusive comments. Defamatory comments – deemed as such by our legal advisors – will not be published under any circumstances and the Editor’s decision is final.
▪ Rule 2: This is a public service Once your comment is online, everyone with Internet access can read it. Please make your comment clear to ensure that it is not misunderstood.
▪ Rule 3: Language and relevance Please be polite. Do not use swear words or crude or sexual language. Keep your submissions relevant to the story or topic. Do not insult other contributions. If you can’t make your argument without resulting to foul language or personal abuse, you shouldn’t make any comment at all.
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▪ Rule 5: No libel or other abuse . You must not make or encourage comments which are: • defamatory, false or misleading; • insulting, threatening or abusive; • obscene or of a sexual nature; • offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic or discriminatory against any religions or other groups. You can’t blandly label someone a liar and seriously expect a comment to be published.
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▪ Rule 10: Healthy debate We welcome healthy discussion and debate. Please use donegaldaily.com for this, but do not resort to comments which you know will be trashed. It’s a waste of your time and ours.
▪ Rule 11: Editor’s Decision is final on all matters.