Last updated: September 3, 2008 7:23 pm

FT.com comments policy for blogs and forums

We know that many of you, FT readers, have knowledge and expertise that may be of great interest to other readers and our own writers.

We are not aiming to provide a forum for unrestrained free speech, where anyone has the right to say anything. There are plenty of those elsewhere online.

More

IN Blogs

Rather, we want our site to host intelligent debate, where quality is more critical than quantity. This is not a cosy club where a tiny number of strident participants can dominate and intimidate others, but a place where everyone with something substantial and constructive to add feels comfortable in contributing. You remain free to criticise or contradict the views of FT writers.

However, The FT has the right, at its sole discretion, to remove comments that are:

- Defamatory

- Abusive or incite hatred

- Attempt to manipulate markets or advertise commercial services

- Because we are not always able to moderate them, we will remove comments made in languages other than English


In addition, while we encourage wide-ranging and free-flowing discussion, we also reserve the right, in extreme cases, to remove comments that are:

- Off-topic, irrelevant or inane

- Needlessly aggressive or rude

- Excessively long

I WANT TO REPORT AN ABUSIVE COMMENT. WHAT DO I DO?

Email report.comments@ft.com with the details of the comment (this will automatically insert the comment’s unique URL in your message’s subject line; please leave it there). If for some reason you can’t use this facility, email us specifying the blog, author of the comment, and the title of the post to which it was attached.

We will reply to genuine complaints, letting you know whether or not we agree the comment contravenes our policy.

MY COMMENT WAS REMOVED. WHY?

Please check whether your comment violates one of the rules listed above. If you believe your comment was unfairly removed, you can email us at blog.comments@ft.com. The FT is under no obligation to post or reinstate any comments.

WHY CAN’T I COMMENT ON THE ECONOMISTS’ FORUM?

The Economists’ Forum is currently limited to invited members only. The original idea of the forum was to bring the debates held between economists to a wider audience. We have however recently decided to publish, on merit, some contributions from non-members, and we are considering how to publish a wider range of readers’ comments in the future.

The FT reserves the right to use or modify any content posted any FT blog or forum as set out in our Terms and Conditions, which can be viewed here.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2014. You may share using our article tools.
Please don't cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web.

Enter job search