Comments moderation policy

Writer_JohnAll visitors to Public Spirit are encouraged to comment on the articles and we welcome debate between readers and authors. Contributions to Public Spirit are pre-moderated, that is, checked to make sure they don’t break our rules before they are made public. We will not refuse to publish a comment because it advocates a specific religious or political position, but contributions should be constructive, relevant and civil.

We adhere to the following rules when moderating comments:

We request that contributors post under their actual name rather than a pseudonym. If contributors wish to link their post to a personal, professional or academic webpage they are welcome, provided it is not used to advertise commercial services.

Please ensure that your contributions are respectful of others and relevant to the article. We will not post contributions that are ad hominem, unlawful, harassing, abusive, threatening, obscene, sexually suggestive, racist, homophobic or sexist or that incite or promote hatred of any group or individual. Comments containing threats of public fear, terrorism or threats towards any individual are not permitted.

Comments that reveal personal information (other than links to personal, professional or academic webpages), such as phone numbers and email and postal addresses will not be posted. Please also avoid naming commercial services in your comment or advertising services.

Public Spirit will not publish comments that could prejudice the outcome of a court case or other legal tribunal. Comments on something that subsequently becomes the subject of a court case or hearing may also be removed if they risk contempt of court. Contributions that break a court injunction will not be published.

Contributors should ensure they own the copyright to any material they post on the site. Quotations should be marked as such. If we are in doubt about the ownership of content we will not publish it.