Website Community Guidelines
Updated July 30, 2019
Media Matters for America is dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
We are committed to providing a forum where anyone, from anywhere on the political spectrum, can address and respond to the work we do. We request that your posts be relevant to the topic at hand and respectful of others. Media Matters reserves the right to remove comments, topics, and threads in its sole discretion, including those that are hateful, derogatory, trolling, spam, irrelevant to the conversation, or in violation of copyrights.
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Some general forum “dos and don'ts”
DO express your opinion as it relates to the item under discussion.
DO respect others' opinions. We expect posters from all parts of the political spectrum here.
Please express your opinion without insulting other posters.
DO ask questions of one another.
DO stay on the topic of the thread.
DO explain what you're linking to if you post a link in your comment. Don't just post the link.
We may delete links that appear to be phishing or scams.
DON'T post the text of an article. Rather, summarize in your own words and link to the complete story. It is helpful to other posters if you explain why this article is relevant to the topic at hand.
DON’T post or link to any content or materials that infringe or violate the copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, rights of publicity, or other rights of any third party.
DON’T post comments that include obscenities, profanity, personal insults, ethnic slurs, or other disparaging, offensive, hateful, or derogatory language.
DON’T post comments that are defamatory, make threats of any kind, or that intimidate or bully anyone.
DON'T post here if your purpose is to start a flame war. Arguments and debates are fine; obscenity, name-calling, and trolling are not.
DON'T take another person's comments personally. Have a thick skin and ignore posters who insist on trolling, obscenities, and name-calling.
DON'T post or link to any comments or content that violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law, rule, or regulation.
DON'T use posts for advertising of any kind.
DON'T post the same comment on multiple threads.
DON'T waste the moderator's time. Posting gibberish, excessive use of caps, and lengthy rants are all subject to deletion.
DON’T use this forum to send spam or other unauthorized advertising, promotions, chain letters, or pyramid schemes or to engage in any harassing, predatory, stalking, or other harmful activity.
DON’T post false or misleading information, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise misrepresent yourself, your age, or your affiliation with any person or entity.
Posts that violate any of the foregoing rules may be deleted and may result in your being banned.
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