User generated content policy

Business Spectator believes in reasoned, civil debate. The tone we seek in our online discussions reflects our desire to add illumination and clarity to an issue. Commentators and commenters may have differing political views but we subscribe to Voltaire’s philosophy “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

That means focusing on the substance of arguments as opposed to their presenters. It also means avoiding insults and other forms of ad-hominem comments. We encourage you to make your case as vigorously as possible without being rude.

We do not review comments before they are posted, but invite you to flag any articles that you feel violates our guidelines. Flagged posts will be reviewed by our editors and dealt with accordingly.

If you find a particular article — or a comment by a fellow poster — to be silly or stupid or ignorant, please do the extra work required to make your assessment without using such labels. The idea is to foster discussion among readers with different points of view — not to win debating points with clever put-downs. Sarcasm usually appears far more clever to its author than it does to its audience.

We are reluctant to impose specific limits on the number of posts by any one contributor, but we ask you to exercise restraint. Discussions dominated by the frequency or verbosity of individual contributors become less interesting and useful for the rest of us.

We will remove messages that contain any of the following:

  • Potentially libellous statements.

  • Obscene, explicit, or racist language including hate speech.

  • Personal attacks, insults or threats.

  • Commercial product promotions.

  • Information taken from another source without permission.

  • Private personal information published without consent.

  • Comments unrelated to the topic of the forum.

  • Hyperlinks to material that is not directly related to the discussion.

By submitting a comment, you are agreeing to abide by these guidelines. People who violate these guidelines may lose the privilege of posting on Business Spectator.

If you wish to report activity that you believe violates our guidelines, please let us know.