- Comments Policy
(Last revised February 8, 2013)
No Use by Children
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What Information is Collected
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How is Information Collected
Operator collects information both actively and passively. For example, Operator will collect information about you that you voluntarily provide on the Site. In addition to information provided directly by you, Operator and third parties with features at the Site may collect aggregate information through the use of "cookies" or by other electronic means. In general, a cookie is a small amount of data sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. With most browsers or other software, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. You can refer to the instructions for your browser to learn more about these functions. If you choose to reject cookies, the Site likely will not operate as efficiently for you.
Personally Identifiable Information
Certain features available within the Site will require you to submit PII about yourself as a condition of participation. Some of the features may be offered by Operator, while others may be offered by third parties. (For example, you may be required to submit PII in order to enter a contest conducted by Operator, or you may be required to submit PII in order to receive news updates by email from a third party news source.) In addition, Operator may ask you to provide PII for purposes unrelated to the use of a feature within the Site. IN ALL CASES, YOU CAN ALWAYS REFUSE TO PROVIDE PII, BUT THIS MAY RESULT IN DECREASED FUNCTIONALITY OF THE SITE FOR YOU AND LIMIT YOUR ABILITY TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT MAY BE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO YOU. In general, the use of Personal Information you choose to submit to a third party in connection with your use of the Site will be controlled by the privacy practices of the third party and not this Statement.
Ownership and Use of Information
ANY INFORMATION COLLECTED BY OPERATOR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE - REGARDLESS OF WHETHER CHARACTERIZED AS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OR AGGREGATE - WILL BELONG EXCLUSIVELY TO OPERATOR AND MAY BE USED, MAINTAINED, UPDATED, DISCLOSED OR SOLD BY OPERATOR AS DESIRED IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION. OPERATOR MAY CHOOSE TO DISCLOSE NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, THE CONSUMER, TO A THIRD PARTY FOR COMPENSATION
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The Site may include forums (such as message boards, chat rooms, comment boards, and reviews) that enable users to post a comment or communicate with each other. Operator is under no obligation to moderate or edit the forums and will not be responsible for the content or use of any material posted on any forum within the Site. Operator retains the right to delete at any time and for any or no reason any material posted within the Site.
Questions concerning the Statement or the Site, including any request to review or change your Personal Information, should be directed to email@example.com
To post a comment you need to register. It will take about one minute to fill out the form, and requires an active email address, your first and last name, a display name, your birth year, and postal code. We also ask for optional data, including your gender, in order to better understand the demographics of our users to help us serve you better. You will then receive an email verification to activate your account.
If you currently receive email newsletters from deseretnews.com, you are already registered. But you will need to log in and choose a display name by which you will be identified when you post a comment.
DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments. Please note that comments are limited to 200 words.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are DeseretNews.com comments moderated?
A. Yes, all comments we receive are viewed by moderators overseen by the editorial staff of the Deseret News. Comments will not be posted until they have been reviewed and approved, so they may not appear online right away. We appreciate your patience.
Q. Why do you moderate comments?
A. DeseretNews.com encourages civility among its readers, and has found it impossible to maintain a civil atmosphere without moderation. By screening comments, we seek to create a public forum where readers can exchange ideas, opinions, and commentary that enhances the quality of the discussion.
Q. What kind of comments are rejected?
A. Most comments that are on-topic and not abusive will be posted. We hold those who submit comments to the similar standards you've come to expect from a news organization - where we accept a wide variety of points of view that add value to a reader's experience. Comments allowed in mature, civil discussion may not include personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including symbol-replaced words), commercial promotion, incoherence, name-calling, epithets or racial slurs, ALL CAPS SHOUTING, over-use of punctuation (!!!, ???), comments meant solely to provoke, or comments that address other readers by name. Remember that these comment boards are offered as a public forum for a wide audience and should not be confused with a "message board" or "instant messenger" service.
Q. I've had a comment rejected incorrectly. Will you restore it?
A. Our moderators work hard to ensure a civil atmosphere and increase the quality of dialogue. However, moderating decisions are subjective and occasionally we reject or accept comments incorrectly. Because of the volume of comments we receive, we will not be able to restore rejected comments.
Q. What kind of comments are helpful to the discussion?
A. Our readers value thoughtful comments expressing a point of view politely and concisely. In order to promote discussion among readers, we limit the number of comments any one commenter may make on a single story to four comments, with the exception of Sports stories where unlimited comments are allowed. Deseret News' comment service is not a blog, and it's not a conversation for a single individual to dominate. It is a forum for thoughtful commentary intended to enlighten your fellow readers with additional insight or counterpoints. You should treat other readers as you would if you were speaking to them from a microphone, looking them in the eyes, then passing the microphone cordially to the next contributor.
Q. What's a "Display Name?"
A. Your Display Name is the name displayed with any comments you submit at DeseretNews.com. It may be a shortened or altered version of your submitted real name, or a pseudonym. We encourage you to use a form of your real name, indicating you are willing to stand by your comments with your real identity. The Display Name will be moderated to avoid names that are vulgar or provocative.
Q. Why do you require a Location?
A. DeseretNews.com has visitors from throughout the state of Utah and from around the world. Comment readers have interest in knowing the location where a commenter lives because location often adds context to the comment. You are free to be as specific as a particular city, or as general as a state or country outside the United States. Yes, locations, too, are moderated. If you claim to be from "Timbuktu" or "Pandora" your comment will probably be rejected.
If you have a question or comment about this policy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to respond promptly.
No Use by Children. The Site is not directed to, or intended for use by, children (defined as anyone age twelve (12) or younger). Children should not use the Site or submit any information to Operator.
Privacy. You should review the Privacy Statement posted elsewhere at the Site before using the Site.
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Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement. Pursuant to federal copyright law, if you believe copyrighted work is available at the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please see the Notice and Take Down materials posted elsewhere at the Site.
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International Use. The Site is intended for use by legal U.S. residents residing within the geographic borders of the United States. If you choose to access the Site from any location other than the United States, you accept full responsibility for compliance with the laws of the jurisdiction where the access occurs. Operator makes no representation that the Site or the Site Materials are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States. Accessing the Site or using any of the Site Materials from any jurisdiction where access or use is illegal is prohibited.
Unauthorized Use and Termination. You agree to use the Site only for authorized and legal activities. Operator reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to all or part of the Site at any time and for any or no reason.
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