Race-Talk Comment Policy

We never censor comments based on political or ideological point of view. We only delete those comments that are abusive, off-topic, use excessive foul language, or include ad hominem attacks. We pre-moderate comments on our blog posts and post-moderate comments on news stories.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I posted a comment. Why can’t I see it on the site?
The volume of comments on the site has grown rapidly, and sometimes our moderators have trouble approving the comments fast enough. To address this problem, we are working on a system where trusted, regular commenters will be able to post without this delay.

Q: Why am I blocked from commenting on Race-Talk?
There are a few scenarios in which a comment might be blocked:
1. A comment is abusive, off-topic, uses excessive foul language, or includes an ad hominem attack.

2. If a commenter has previously posted comments that are abusive, off-topic, used excessive foul language, or include ad hominem attacks, a Huff Post moderator may decide to ban the commenter’s IP address. This means the abusive commenter is banned from commenting on the site in the future, even if the later comments are not abusive. We ban IPs because the sheer volume of comments makes it too time consuming to individually delete comments written by someone with a pattern of abuse.
3. If a commenter shares a computer or IP address with someone who has written abusive comments, it could result in a comment being blocked even if the commenter has never posted anything abusive. In the future, we plan on introducing a user log-in feature that will help mitigate this sort of situation.

Q: Can I include HTML in my comments?
A: We remove all html from comments to preserve formatting consistency.

Q: If you don’t allow any HTML, how can I include a link in my comment?
A: If you include a URL in you comment, it will be converted to a link.

Q: How can I include a paragraph break in my comment?
A: Empty lines in the body of your comment will be converted to paragraph breaks.