Community Guidelines

AmherstTimes.com Community Standards, Participation Guidelines and Moderation Aims

The aim of this page is to help you, our valued readers, to understand our goals for lively and considered discussion in the AmherstTimes.com community, and the steps we take to create an inclusive and safe environment.

We operate on one guiding principle: although we welcome passionate opinion and discussion, we have take a ‘zero tolerance’ view of any comments which we feel could be considered harmful.

We will gauge the merits of a comment at our discretion, by our own internal standards, often through internal discussion. Any decision is both final and non-negotiable. Repeat offenders may be banned.

Tone and Attitude

Heated discussion and debate is welcome, but any comments that include a personal attack or hurtful words – against either an AmherstTimes.com writer or a participant in the discussion – is not acceptable.

We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of hate-speech, or contributions that could be interpreted as such.

Our goal is to ensure an inviting space for discussion. For this reason, we will at our own discretion distinguish between intelligent – be it calm or heated – and abusive, provocative discussion.

We understand that among passionate enthusiasts, strong feelings can lead to arguments that extend beyond the original topic or purpose of the content to which a discussion thread belongs.

We ask that you respect the rights of others to their own views, beliefs and preferences, and keep discussion ‘on topic’.

Moderation: We reserve the right to remove offending comments and the posting privileges of any participants involved. If a comment is removed, related comments may also be removed – whether offensive or not – so as to avoid a series of nonsensical ‘leftover’ comments.

Who Moderates Comments?

The monitoring and moderation of comments on AmherstTimes.com is a responsibility shared by our editorial team.

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