Comment Moderation Policy

Page - March 23, 2011
All comments on the Greenpeace blogs are moderated before they appear on the site, and this takes time. We appreciate your patience and ask that you refrain from posting the same comment repeatedly.

When posting a blog comment, please be respectful and follow the the following Greenpeace policy.

In order to promote an open and transparent conversation, Greenpeace moderates comments on all blog posts.

Our staff moderators publish appropriate comments and delete inappropriate comments. We also invite our community members to flag inappropriate comments.

In general, the best way to determine whether a comment is appropriate is simple. Ask first whether it's inappropriate. Ask whether it violates any of the guidelines outlined here.

Here are our six guiding principles:

(I) Greenpeace welcomes all users to join our community and to comment and treats all members of the community equally.

(II) We want the Greenpeace to be home to open, transparent conversations in which people connect, discuss, share ideas, and debate the issues.

(III) We are also committed to maintaining a non-toxic atmosphere. We do not allow profanity, hate speech, nor do we allow speech that advocates or supports hatred or unlawful violence.

Likewise, threats of violence or threats to anyone or any group's personal safety are not acceptable. We also do not allow false claims or misleading implications that any individual or group perpetuates hate or unlawful violence.

(IV) In order to preserve a functional and civil conversation, we do not allow trolls, trollish behavior, or stalking.

We do not allow speech that is solely intended to provoke other users, to cause disorder or confusion, or to inhibit regular, on-topic conversation. In this area especially, we defer to the flags left by our users in the context of our growing community reputation system.

(V) Be respectful of the blog author and community members by staying on topic with your comments.

(VI) Members of the Greenpeace community deserve to be free from spam, and we do not allow posting the same comment multiple times within one thread or on multiple threads.

We also flag and delete all comments containing business solicitations or other advertising of personal interests, blogs, or websites.