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Purpose

The purpose of comments on Salt Lake Tribune stories is to support discussion and conversation among our readers, yet another way readers can engage with stories that matter to them.

We encourage your comments, as we look to ensure that a broad range of informed participants are engaged.

Moderation

The Tribune moderates comments to ensure the conversation is respectful and relevant. We do not allow comments that include personal attacks, threats, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by characters), comments that are promotional in nature, spam, incoherent or that feature the internet’s equivalent of SHOUTING.

Fake profiles and multiple accounts will not be tolerated.

In addition, a comment may be removed if it is deemed to be uncivil, inappropriate, racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted, blatant “trolling” or is not related to the topic at hand. While moderation decisions are subjective, our moderators try to be as consistent as possible. Generally, we will not allow comments to become bogged down with discussions of our moderation policy and activity.

We encourage opinions and criticisms of our work, however, those criticisms must relate to the articles in question. Personal attacks against Tribune staff will not be permitted and comments of that nature will be deleted.

The Tribune does not edit comments but it may respond to comments that contain factual inaccuracies.

There are times when the commenting platform may be paused, or closed, because it is not possible for us to responsibly moderate comments on a specific article or because precedent tells us comments will not be constructive.

The Tribune may modify this guidance at any time.

Well Said labels

Well Said labels may occasionally be assigned to a comment and represent kudos from Tribune moderators, an acknowledgement of a well-thought out comment that is applicable to the story. They can also function as a way to highlight different opinions on a topic.

Well Said labels are not an endorsement of an opinion or fact in the comment.

Terms of Service

For more information about comments, user contributions and submissions, as well as how The Salt Lake Tribune can use your contributions, read our full Terms of Service.

Contact us

If you have questions about the Tribune’s commenting policy, email webmaster@sltrib.com.