Our readers have spoken: about 70% of those who took our recent poll said they wanted The Source open to comments. We plan to start allowing comments in the next few days — as soon as a few tech issues are settled.
Of course, all blogs have policies governing their comments section. I went through a few government blogs and listened to some suggestions from readers and came up with the following for The Source. I wanted something that provides room for dissent but also protects Metro and Source readers from those who may abuse the comments board.
We want to hear what you have to say about transportation in Los Angeles County and we encourage a thoughtful, civil and entertaining discussion by readers on our comment board. It’s fine to disagree with our posts and other readers, but we will insist on civility. Here are the rules:
• All comments will be approved by Metro before they’re posted. We’ll do so during business hours on most weekdays.
•No profanity, personal attacks, obscenities or pornographic material will be allowed. Nor will we tolerate harassment of readers and Source writers, impersonation, intimidation or abuse. And no advertisements.
• As is the case with Metro’s Facebook comment policy, we ask that comments stay on topic and be brief. We may choose to limit the number of times any one person can comment per Source post.
• We will not post comments with false or unsubstantiated allegations or material that we believe is inaccurate or false. Nor will we post comments that we believe could compromise public safety or Metro operations.
• The comments board may be a representative sample of comments we receive. We don’t want the comments board to be the same few people dominating the conversation.