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Commenting Rules & FAQs

Commenting rules

Thank you for sharing your comments and views with PPD. Please adhere to the following simple rules:

  • Commenters may not misrepresent who they are, either in their comments or their commenting profile.
  • Please be civil in addressing and referencing other PPD commenters. Stay focused on the issues in the articles.
  • Objectionable content, such as pornography and other forms of content inappropriate for a public forum, is forbidden. Such comments can be reported.
  • PPD reserves the right to remove any comment for any reason. PPD may also bar individuals who break our commenting rules.
  • Any comments you post and your use of comments is subject to the PPD’s Terms of Use.
  • Commenters may not misrepresent who they are, either in their comments or their commenting profile.
Who can comment on PPD?

Anyone who is logged into their PPD account can comment, or those who have signed in through supported social networks such as Facebook. They must use their real name and be respectful of other commenters and mindful of our site commenting rules. Commenters may not create or maintain multiple accounts and may be banned for doing so.

Can I edit or delete my comment once it’s posted?

Comments can be edited for 5 minutes after posting. Individual comments can not currently be deleted. You can request that your commenting history be removed at any time.

How can I report a comment as abusive?

Look for the report button on every comment. Select the reason for your report such as spam, offensive content or other criteria and submit.

Why are real names required?

Accountability. Those associated with their real names contributes to our goal of having a more thoughtful discussion. We’re proud of our highly accomplished readership, and recognize the potential for PPD comments to enhance the online and professional reputations of our readers. If we suspect you of using a fake name, your participation will be suspended until we can resolve the question.

My name is not correct on my profile. How can I fix this?

Please contact us here, and we’ll update your name.

Why are some of my comments missing?

We reserve the right to remove, hide from public view, or edit any comment for any reason.

Specifically, you may not submit a comment that is abusive, defamatory, disrespectful, illegal, offensive or disparaging (whether on the basis of disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, traits with which people are born, or otherwise.

You also may not submit a comment that attacks or threatens another person, threatens or promotes violence, wishes for harm to befall another person, invades another person’s privacy or proprietary rights, or uses expletives (including veiled profanity).

You may not stalk or harass another person, dominate the conversation, discourage participation by others, or mock, bait, bicker, taunt, or belittle others.

Comments with spam or self-promotional links are not allowed. Self-promotional links are permitted on your profile page. Your comments and profile may not imply any connection to any person or organization to which you are not, in fact, connected.

Comments in all-capital letters, all-bold, or all-italic postings, excessive blank space and objectionable profile photos are not permitted.

We will also hide from view any comments made by a reader suspected of using a fake name or of creating multiple accounts.

Who will see my profile and comments on PPD?

If you choose to comment on PPD, your profile and comments will be visible to all PPD readers.

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