Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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Readers who are registered users may notify the company of comments that do not meet the guidelines by clicking the report abuse link in the comments field. The Kennebec Journal may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and at its sole discretion whether to remove the comment.
Comments that draw three offensive comment reports from registered users will be automatically removed for review by a staff member. Staff members review comments with the intent of encouraging open discourse, and will apply judgment in this process.
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Comments that may generally be rejected by newspapers staffers and may be reported as abusive by members of the reader commenting community include the following:
This list of guidelines is not comprehensive.
Furthermore, while we are reluctant to impose specific limits on the number of posts by any one commenter, we do ask you to exercise restraint. Discussions dominated by the frequency and verbosity of an individual commenter become less interesting and useful to other members of the audience.
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