How do I report an offensive comment?

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We set the bar high when it comes to online dialogue because it is our goal to create an environment for civil and productive community conversation.

Here is a list of the types of comments that are generally not approved by our moderators on news stories: 

  • Any generalizations about a specific group of people
  • Comments that mask or attempt to mask inappropriate language and profanity or that are outright crude
  • Name-calling. This includes commonly used words like loser, idiot, moron, jerk, or using the names of WRAL staff.
  • Personal attacks or attempts to ridicule other commenters
  • Comments that are potentially hurtful to crime and accident victims and their families
  • Comments that make race or citizenship an issue, when neither is indicated or an issue in the story
  • Degrading comments about someone who has died
  • Assumptions of guilt or innocence in crime stories, or advocacy for punishment of the accused. Remember, a charge is not a conviction and suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
  • Comments that make assumptions about subjects in the story. Example: “He was probably drunk and on steroids.”
  • Comments that are unrelated to the topic or the comments of others
  • Comments that don’t focus on a topic, but another poster instead
  • Comments that contain personally identifiable information -- that is to say, information that makes your specific identity known to others
  • Statistics that don’t reference a verifiable source.
  • Comments that are repeatedly posted
  • Solicitations for a business or product
  • Comments that inquire about deleted posts, or posts that were not allowed

If you read a comment that you believe doesn't meet that standard, please click the "Report Abuse" link and the comment will be reviewed again.  





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