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Comments and moderation policy

All our blogs are open to comment from the general public. When posting comments, please observe our site participation guidelines:

  • be respectful of others who use this site
  • stay on topic
  • keep comments concise
  • do not use language that is offensive, inflammatory or provocative (this includes, but is not limited to, swearing and obscene or vulgar comments)
  • do not break the law (this includes libel, condoning illegal activity and contempt of court)
  • do not use this site for party political purposes
  • please do not post personal information in comments such as addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details, which may relate to you or other individuals (we reserve the right not to publish such comments)
  • do not impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or an organisation
  • do not attempt to log on using another user’s account
  • do not make any commercial endorsement or promotion of any product, service or publication not relevant to the discussion (we reserve the right not to publish such comments
  • do not post nuisance comments (for example repeating the same comment numerous times on different posts)

We moderate blog comments to check they comply with the blog participation guidelines above. If comments do not comply they will not be published.

Rules of engagement

Our blogs represent the work of the DCMS Libraries team which is a part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We are politically neutral, and our blogging platform must reflect this. We serve the British government of the day – whoever is in power – and we cannot participate in political discussions or share opinions on the approach and efforts of different parties on our blogs. We will have to edit out any such references.

We will not publish any libel against the department or unsubstantiated denigration, but we welcome constructive criticism and different perspectives on the way we go about our work. We reserve the right to copy edit all comments for appropriateness of content.

Moderation policy

Blog comments are checked before they are published to make sure  they comply with our blog participation guidelines above. If comments do not comply they will not be published.

Here is a brief outline of how we evaluate comments.

Is this comment on topic, does it add value to the discussion and can we answer publicly? If so, we will aim to post a timely response within 72 hours.

Is this person asking for information or detail relating to another organisations work? If so, we'll publish the comment, and pass the query on to that organisation. We will ask them to respond directly on the blog.