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Be succinct. This isn’t Twitter, but it’s also not an essay exam.
Be yourself. We want your thoughts and opinions. Don’t devalue them by pretending you’re someone else.
Be truthful. Knowingly spreading falsehoods doesn’t generate good discussion.
Post links to your sources instead of copying and pasting their content, but indicate what you are linking to.
Keep in mind that sarcasm and/or irony often don’t translate well in written comments. Offensive statements will be deleted even if you "didn’t mean it that way."
Personally attack others for any reason. This includes other users, story subjects and the staff of The Wichita Eagle and Kansas.com. Criticism of our work is expected and thoughtful criticism is appreciated. Personal attacks, though, aren’t acceptable. In short, keep your comments about the articles.
Bait other users with inflammatory language or violate anyone’s privacy, defame them or libel them.
Use abusive, hateful, threatening, defamatory or vulgar language.
Post the same comment multiple times, scream your comments by using all capital letters or employ creative misspellings or non-English languages to get around the banned-words filter.
Post other people's copyrighted material.
Hijack comment threads with trolling or boorish behavior.
Post comments that are insensitive.
Post advertising or spam.
Otherwise violate the site's Terms of Service.
Reminder: We reserve the right to delete comments or ban users for any reason.
Revised: Sept. 26, 2013