We’re using Facebook Comments to improve the environment for conversation and to make it easy to comment on stories and share them with your friends.
Q: Do I need to have a Facebook account to comment?
A: Yes. To add a comment, you’ll need to log in at Facebook. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can get one at http://www.facebook.com. Signing up for an account is quick, easy and free. Once you’ve signed up with Facebook, added a profile photo, and connected with a few friends, you will be able to easily comment and share stories. Your comments may only be visible to you and your friends for the first few days after you sign up. Alternate log in may become available through Yahoo!, AOL or Hotmail.
Q: Can I leave a comment if I don’t have a Facebook account?
A: You will not be able to post a public comment on the site, but you can contact the reporter on most articles by clicking on their name, if you’re interested in sharing your feedback with them.
Q: Do I need to register for an account on this website to comment?
A: No. All you need is a Facebook account to comment on articles published here.
Q: Will my friends on Facebook see my comments?
A: When you submit a comment, it will also appear on Facebook if you leave the “Post my comment to my Facebook profile” box checked.
Q: Why does my Facebook profile picture and name appear on the comments page when I haven’t posted a comment?
A: If you’re signed in at Facebook.com, your information will appear, but it is not visible to anyone else until your comment is published.
Q: Will people be able to view my Facebook profile if I post a comment?
A: What others see when they click on your name or picture on our site is determined by your Facebook privacy settings. Those settings allow you to decide how much information you want to share with your friends or others. To adjust your Facebook privacy settings, visit http://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy.
Q: How do I report an inappropriate or abusive comment?
A: Click the “X” in the upper right corner of the comment box. Choose one of the options to report a comment as spam or abuse. The comment will be removed from your view. Facebook tracks abuse reports and automatically bans users who are consistently abusive. Additionally, our site moderators review comments periodically and have the option to ban users if necessary.
Q: What is a Top Commenter and how do I become one?
A: Facebook automatically assigns The Top Commenter badge to users whose comments are most often “Liked” by others.
Q: Why can’t I see the comments?
A: Comments on this site are public, which means anyone logged in or out of Facebook should be able to view them. If you cannot see the comments, please check with your IT department. Some government agencies and other employers block Facebook domains and applications from their servers.