New discussion guidelines in effect

Mar 23, 2010


As part of the work we're doing with comments to make them more rewarding to EVERYONE in the community, we've rewritten our discussion guidelines.

We wanted to get rid of the legalese, in the hopes that some people might actually read it, and we wanted to make sure our practices were absolutely clear. We see the role we play as hosts of this community as a genuine trust, and we want to respect that trust in our expectations and our moderation.

Discussion Guidelines

Sandusky is a place for us to gather and discuss the important issues facing our community. We ask nothing more than people speak their minds and observe the same codes of behavior they would in real life. The following guidelines explain what it means to be an active member:

Community Guidelines

You cannot make posts containing:

Personal attacks, Personal information, Racist or discriminatory remarks, Threats, Libel and defamation, Profanity or obscenity, Spam.

You should know:

The comments are not our opinions, We do not take responsibility for any 'facts' contained within them, If you have a verifiable scoop, the thing to do is call the newsroom, we'll check it out and write a story if it's true.

We will not:

Remove your post FOR ANY OTHER REASON than those stated above, Ever give away your private and personal information except to cooperate with a criminal investigation, Screen the comments in advance,

But we will:

Be ready to review, as soon as possible, any comment you report as abusive and remove it if it does violate the guidelines. Shut down comments on a story if they get out of hand, Block users who repeatedly violate these basic rules of common decency.


Most of this is stuff we've been doing for some time, but with registration now enabled, we have the opportunity both to do it better (for example, blocking users was pretty pointless before registration) and to increase transparency so that people know we're doing it all. In addition to refining and clarifying these rules, as of last week, we've introduced a new comment moderation system, so comments will no longer just disappear, instead they'll be replaced by some explanatory text that indicates why the comment was removed.

Obviously how we handle the comments will continue to evolve as we and the community continue to engage with what is, really, a very new thing.



What about on the forum, or have you forgotten about that part of your site?


I wish to congratulate you on these guidelines. As a direct result of your efforts, I have subscribed to the e-paper. I will carry that further once I feel that those who choose to insult us with their inappropriate remarks are eliminated from the privilege of posting. This newspaper and the forum that you provide should never have been allowed to be entertainment for those who insult, degrade, or threaten others.