Welcome to the San Diego Free Press! We encourage discussion here and although there aren’t many of them, we have learned that a few simple rules keep things running more smoothly…
It’s our sandbox
We reserve the right to moderate the comments made to this site according to our values, which include respecting diverse opinions and diverse backgrounds, as long as they are respectful of the writers and visitors of this site. You can disagree with someone and be civil. We also reserve the right to close comments on a post at any time. PS–We can think of no good reason to ever approve a comment typed in ALL CAPS.
Getting to know you
The first time you comment here your comment will go into moderation, so please don’t repost. Once it has been approved, your subsequent comments will appear right away as long as you use the same name and email address. If you change your email or use a different name, you go back to moderation. If you leave an obviously bogus email address or hide behind a username that serves to bring attention to someone other than yourself, don’t expect to see your comment posted.
Stay focused, respectful, truthful
We will delete comments that are abusive, off-topic, use excessive foul language, include personal attacks or include intentionally misleading or false information. One voice of hate can drown out many voices of reason. Comments like these stifle discussion and those who come here for that reason will have their IP address, email address and name put into the moderation list. Continued abuse will result in blacklisting. It’s a given, that any racist or sexist comments will automatically be deleted.
Spam is absolutely not tolerated
We use Akismet spam filters and while they are generally excellent, occasionally they do catch legitimate comments as spam, especially if they contain multiple links. If you left a comment that has not appeared after more than a day it may have gone into the spam folder. Our apologies but we simply do not always have time to look through the many hundreds of spam comments we may get each day.
Repetition is not the spice of life
If you have made a comment expressing a certain viewpoint, there’s no need to continue to state the same thing over and over and over and—well, you get the point. Like we said before, we welcome comments of a diverse spectrum, and your voice has certainly been heard. Let’s agree to disagree, but agree to keep the conversation moving. Agreed?
There are real live people behind the scenes here
We have lives, children, families and hot meals waiting for us, so we may not be right here, on the spot, all the time. If you left a comment and it has not been posted please be patient. We’ll get to it; there is no need to repost your comment again and again. The subsequent comments will only go into moderation also.
Look down. Do you have a belly button?
If you answered yes to this question, you’re a human—and congrats! And while most of us are sci-fi fans of some sort, we ask that you keep all malicious nonhuman devices—like scrapers, robots, data mining tools or other automated devices—to yourself. Besides which, they’re no match for Patty.
Ownership of articles — Contributors, please take special note!
Ownership of an article is transferred to the San Diego Free Press upon publication. We do not “take down” published articles unless these narrow criteria are met:
1. The safety of the writer is in jeopardy
2. The article was improperly vetted by the author (hoax) or sent with intent to deceive (malicious)
3. Under very specific legal direction