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Community Rules

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Community Rules

Here at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, we want to foster a community for insightful, inclusive and civil discussions regarding the journalism from our newsroom. We welcome your insight and perspective but, by joining the conversation, readers are agreeing to follow the community rules below.

What is our goal for conversations?

— Share your personal experiences and how they’ve shaped your opinion.

Our community includes readers from all around the Walla Walla Valley and farther afield. We want to hear your unique perspective on an article or column we published. What’s your opinion and why?

— Join in discussions; build on top of ideas.

It’s easy for conversations online to turn into a sounding board where readers simply post their stance on an issue, but the best discussions come from responding to what others have already shared. Before you post, check to make sure someone hasn’t already made your point. And, if they have, a “like” is an easy way to show you appreciate the sentiment. You can also reply back to someone if you want to add to an idea or disagree with a point made.

— Send questions you have about our reporting or writing at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

We read the comments. Do you have a question for a reporter? You can email a reporter directly — you’ll find their email address by clicking their byline — or you can post the question in the comments. By posting in the comments, you’ll give other readers the chance to see the answer or respond with follow-up questions.

— See a problem? Suggest a correction.

At the Union-Bulletin, we hold ourselves to the highest levels of accuracy and editing standards. And we’ll continue to do so. If you know something to be factually incorrect in a story, you should email comments@wwub.com.

What type of posts should I avoid?

— Partisan stereotypes or generalizations.

The best comments avoid generalizing groups of people. Comments stating “all conservatives” or “all liberals” do little to provide thoughtful conversations about the issues at hand. Of course, this rule applies to areas outside of politics. We don’t allow comments that degrade others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, political beliefs, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or other classifications.

— Vulgar language, name-calling, doxxing or personal attacks.

Comments posted must be appropriate for all ages. Any profanity or cursing is prohibited. That includes any attempts to curse with special characters (!@#), acronyms, spacing or via text on images attached. Discuss and criticize ideas. We don’t allow comments that intend to intimidate, demean or harass other readers in any way. No doxxing, or sharing personal information about others to the page, is allowed. Those who violate this will be banned.

— “Troll,” “snowflake” and other dismissive behavior.

We always recommend readers stick to the issues. This isn’t a place to just post how incorrect, mistaken or wrong another reader is. Disagreement is a key part of discussions, but we’ll remove attempts to solely dismiss or attack a reader with another perspective. If you disagree with someone, state your reasons why.

— Speculation, misinformation, impersonation.

Conversations around the news often focus on what will happen next. That being said, we caution readers from jumping to conclusions or making grand accusations. We don’t allow posts that include falsehoods or purposely spread inaccurate information. Likewise, don’t post any comments that misrepresent your affiliation or identity.

— Off-topic, the caps lock, low-effort commentary.

Conversations are for discussions specifically about the article or column published by the newsroom or editorial board. We’ll remove posts that don’t follow the topic at hand. Along those lines, please avoid using ALL CAPS. Civility doesn’t start or end with yelling. We’ll also take efforts to remove low-effort commentary. Three or four words in a post provides little insight, argument or opportunity for discussion.

— Posts inciting or encouraging violence.

We’ll remove comments that contain or advocate for illegal or violent acts in any way. We also don’t allow posts that infringe upon or violate the copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights of any person.

— Duplicate comments or advertising.

Conversations are for issue-based discussions. Promoting, selling or advertising with a comment will result in a ban. Some exceptions are made for fundraising sites that relate to the specific article.

I read a comment that violated the rules listed here. What should I do?

Reader comments appear almost instantaneously, which means comments that go against the rules may appear before they’re removed. Our team moderates discussions throughout the day, but we rely on the community to help police discussions. If you see a post against the rules, send us an instant message or email to comments@wwub.com. Reports go directly to our team, so be judicious.

I posted a comment, and it was removed. Why?

First, take a moment to review the rules above. Most comments are removed from discussions because the posts attack or insult other readers rather than discuss the issues at hand. This can include replies to comments that break our guidelines. Name-calling, cursing and dismissive behavior will be deleted. We have zero tolerance for attempts to work around the vulgarity rules with special characters. We will close comments if we believe the discussion will probably go against the rules set above. We will also lock an ongoing discussion if comments submitted continue to go against the community rules.

We value your feedback, but we also value upholding civil dialogue around the news of the day. We’ll continue to close discussions in cases where the comments repeatedly go against the rules above. If you believe there’s a post where we should turn off the comments, please email comments@wwub.com. Moderators may ban readers after they post multiple comments against the rules. A ban is a permanent block from commenting.

If you have additional questions, you can send an email to comments@wwub.com. Thank you for taking the time to read the rules. A better understanding of the rules allows us to have thoughtful, open conversations about journalism from the Union-Bulletin, and that’s the goal.