Comments Policy wants to encourage our visitors to engage with columns that they read on our site, so we have enabled visitors to comment on each column that we post. However, in order to maintain a civil environment we have put the following guidelines in place:

All comments are run through a set of spam and civility filters. Each comment must pass the automated filter check in order to be posted to the website. Things the filters reject include all URLs, many curse words, and many phrases found to be used in spam messages posted to in the past. If your message is rejected by the spam filter, it is silently deleted. This means you will not get an error message.

Please be patient after posting your comment; once the posting process completes, it may take several minutes for your comment to become "live."

In order to submit a comment you will need to create an account, which requires you to submit a username, password, and valid email address. We will not abuse your email address, and it will not appear in any comments that you post.

Please be aware that the columnists may or may not review the comments posted on their page, so the comments section of a column is not a reliable means of contacting its author. If you would like to contact a columnist, you may use the "Write the Author" button on the columnists' page, or send an email to with the name of the author you wish to contact in the subject line.

If you have further questions or have problems with the comments, please email