If you are new to AC360.com, you may have missed this. So we thought it'd be helpful for everyone to post it again.
Originally posted: April 1, 2008
We love reading your comments on the 360° blog. And there are a lot of them.
There are so many comments – in fact – that not all of them can get posted. Comments to CNN blogs are moderated. People often ask what that means. Anderson has blogged about it: "The process is very straightforward and – like on the television program – there is no hidden agenda. If your comment does not get posted, it’s likely because there are so many great comments to moderate." READ ANDERSON'S BLOG ON COMMENTS
That said, there are still a lot of questions about moderating comments, so we thought maybe it’s time to let you all in on how to up your odds.
1. Use your real name (just your first name is fine). Some comments have been posted with an alias, but it’s not our favorite thing to do. If I’m on the fence about posting a comment and notice an alias I frequently just click delete.
2. Stay on topic. A great comment on the campaign submitted to a blog about grey wolves will not get approved. Post your comment to the right blog entry!
3. Streamline! Comments that fill several screens could be amazing, but when we’re moderating comments it is really tempting to click delete instead of reading and approving "War and Peace: The 2008 Presidential Campaign."
4. No links. Those are probably great articles and video, but we don’t have time to vet them, so links are an automatic delete.
5. We like criticism. We’re big fans of the 1st Amendment – we use the free press every day. We aren’t afraid of criticism in your comments, but let’s keep it intelligent and thoughtful, perhaps even constructive.
6. Language. Comments should be G-rated; PG at worst. (And that includes these: @#$%%$#&).
7. Don't write in ALL CAPS. In case you didn't hear me; DON'T YELL AT ME AND I WON'T YELL AT YOU.
If we don’t post your comment, we aren’t taking out our aggressions on you. It’s a typical newsroom here; when we get angry we take it out on each other, our computer screens, and occasionally by slamming our fists on our desks.
Happy commenting and good luck!
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