The goal of the Berkeleyside comments policy is to help ensure that our comments section is a vibrant and civil space for conversation. Every comment is reviewed by an editor. Berkeleyside has the right to delete any comment at any time.

Share your knowledge, add to the conversation.

Make sure your comment relates directly to the story. Strive to improve the conversation. Comments are useful when they add a new perspective, nuance, expertise or even a proposed solution. If you’ve made your point, or many others have made it, don’t feel the need to repeat it. If you’re not sure your comment adds value, don’t post it. Use the Disqus voting tools below each comment to express your support or disagreement with a single click.

Be agreeable, even when you disagree.

  • Criticize ideas, not people. Provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
  • Avoid name-calling, ad hominem attacks or responding to a comment’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Be civil. Meanness and intolerance are not tolerated.
  • Don’t post remarks that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive or hate speech.
  • Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit. Don’t harass anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

Let us know who you are.

If you can, we ask that you register using your real name. It makes for a more transparent forum if people know who is making a comment and who they are responding to. However, if you have good reasons for needing to stay anonymous, we ask that you pick a single user account and stick with it. Berkeleyside will block users found to be posting under multiple Disqus handles.

Let us know what you think.

Please note: We need your help if we want to see change happen. We welcome feedback about our comments policy. If you believe a comment violates our policy, please email us at We do not allow moderation questions in the comments section itself, so as to keep the discussion on topic, but we respond to all email inquiries about the comments section.