Moderation policy

On the Open Standards website we pre-moderate and then publish comments if they meet the requirements set out in this policy.

This means that comments will not be published instantly; we will endeavor to publish all comments within 2 working days.

Moderation is intended to ensure debate is fair and inclusive, and will not be used to suppress legitimate, reasoned debate about the issues raised on this channel.

We will normally approve comments for publication as long as they:

  • respect other commenters and individuals. Comments should not be malicious or offensive in nature, and should not constitute a personal attack on a person’s character;
  • don’t incite hatred on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality or sexuality or other personal characteristic;
  • don’t include swearing, hate-speech or obscenity;
  • don’t reveal personal details, such as private addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details;
  • don’t break the law. This includes libel, condoning illegal activity, and breaking copyright;
  • are reasonably concise, and don’t constitute spamming of the channel;
  • don’t advertise commercial products and services;
  • don’t impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or organisation;
  • are in English. Unfortunately, we do not currently have the resource to moderate comments in other languages;
  • are on-topic. Please don’t post messages that are unrelated to this channel;
  • are not party political in nature.
  • contain all necessary licences and/or approvals; or
  • do not contain any harmful data computer viruses, logic bombs, Trojan horses, worms, harmful components, corrupted data or other malicious software.

If you are aged 16 or under, please get your parent/guardian’s permission before submitting a comment. Users without this consent are not allowed to participate or provide us with personal information.