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WNMU-FM Community Discussion Guidelines

Adapted from NPR's Guidelines for Commenting

Every website has its own rules, and these are our rules for commenting and participating in discussions on Public Radio 90 WNMU-FM's social network features and our website. If you break them, don't be surprised if we delete or block your comments.

First things first: If you can't be polite, don't say it. Of course, we don't want to stifle discussion of controversial issues. Some topics require blunt talk, and we're not always going to agree with each other. Nonetheless, please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Focus your remarks on positions, not personalities. No name calling, slander, comments about someone's mother, comparisons to notorious dictators -- you get the idea. And under no circumstances should you post anything that could be taken as threatening, harassing, sexist or racist.

Don't use obscenities -- even if the word in question is often used in conversation. We're not going to list the words we object to; you know what they are. Remember, this is a public forum and we want everyone to feel comfortable participating.

Anything you post should be your own work. You're welcome to link to relevant content and to quote from other people's work with attribution and with associated copyright notice, consistent with "fair use" principles of copyright law. But that doesn't mean you can copy and paste wholesale.

Please stay on topic. Think of it this way - if you hosted a book club meeting at your house, you wouldn't want someone to show up and insist on discussing reality TV shows.

Rambling is the kiss of death. We don't want to place a word count on how long your comments should be, but anything beyond a few paragraphs should be pertainant information to the larger community. We will not edit comments, but we do reserve the right to delete it.

Please respect people's privacy. We love to learn about new and interesting individuals, but most people will not be happy to have their phone numbers or e-mail addresses published. If you need to share someone's contact information, please submit it through our contact form.

Feel free to share your ideas and experiences about religion, politics and relevant products or services you've discovered. But this is not a place for advertising, promotion, recruiting, campaigning, soliciting or proselytizing. We understand that there can be a fine line between discussing and campaigning; please use your best judgment -- and we will use ours.

We appreciate the news tips members of the public send us. However, WNMU-FM reserves the right not to publicize allegations, conspiracy theories and other information which we know to be false or unsubstantiated.

Please don't use public forums for private communication. Most of our forums have links (on the bottom) for sending private messages to a blogger or host. Similarly, if you have comments about WNMU-FM coverage or policies generally, please don't use the blog discussion threads to air them. To contact a WNMU-FM program host/producer, staff, or any of our business and technical departments, please refer to the WNMU-FM contact page.

You are responsible for the content you post.  Once you submit a comment, it is considered public and archived permanently.  WNMU-FM is not responsible for the content posted by its users.  We do not and cannot review all user content posted on wnmufm.org or on our social media sites.  However, we do have the right (but not the obligation) to screen, delete and/or move any content posted on wnmufm.org.

WNMU-FM reserves the right to use any public comment on air and in promotional materials.

If you have any questions or concerns about our Community Discussion Guidelines, please contact us.