These guidelines cover all aspects of community participation and moderation on COSMOS Online, COSMOS Facebook, COSMOS Twitter and COSMOS Update, including but not limited to comments on blogs or articles.
We aim to deliver a service that provides intelligent, lively and inclusive discussions. In achieving this aim, editors reserve the right to remove comments that do not follow these guidelines, and block users who continuously fail to abide by the guidelines.
Comments posted on COSMOS Online do not reflect the opinions of COSMOS writers or editors.
Guidelines for commenting, blogging, or otherwise engaging with the COSMOS community:
Personal attacks on authors, other users or any individual, will not be tolerated.
While we acknowledge criticisms of the articles published on COSMOS Online, we do not allow misrepresentation of COSMOS or our journalists.
Content considered to be extremely offensive (including inappropriate language) or threatening will be removed. We do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or any language that is derogatory.
We may remove any content considered libelous or otherwise put us in legal jeopardy.
Comments should not direct other users to your personal website or sell products.
All comments should be relevant and on-topic; we reserve the right to remove comments that are unrelated to the original topic.
Queries or comments about moderation, or to contact editors about comments that may breech guidelines should be email to ONLINE and should not be posted as comments.