Comments Policy

Zócalo welcomes its readers to comment—consider it the virtual version of our real-life receptions. But before you do, keep in mind these guidelines.

At our events, we strive to have an open and civil environment of mutual respect between guests of all stripes. (See our Code of Civility below.) We’d like to do the same online, and we reserve the right to delete comments, particularly if they are obscene, abusive, or contrary to the spirit of our events and journalism. Below, some more rules and tips on commenting:

Zócalo wants all its readers to feel welcome to participate. While relevant criticism is welcome, we will delete insults, attacks, threats, or other offensive material at our discretion. Please be truthful and considerate in your comments.

Comments are part of a conversation about the post. We reserve the right to delete comments that are excessively long or negative, or that don’t respond directly to the content of the post or to fellow commenters in a way that furthers the discussion.

Comments with irrelevant links or commercial advertisements won’t make it online. Please use a proper name for your posts–we delete posts that look spam-ish or suspicious.

E-mail addresses are required to post, but we promise not to sell or rent them. We might use your address to contact you. We don’t recommend disclosing private information in the content of your post.

All comments are the responsibility of the commenter—by commenting, you agree that the content is your own, and to hold this site harmless from any repercussions, damages, or liability. We will delete comments that could get us into legal trouble.