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User Commenting

Introduction

A new commenting system has been implemented on the Yakima Herald-Republic website in order to foster a more constructive conversation between Yakima Valley residents. To comment on an article with the new system, users will need a valid Facebook account. Those users who choose not to use our Facebook commenting system will still be able to read comments posted by other yakimaherald.com readers, but will not be able to post comments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to have a Facebook account to comment?

Yes, if you want to comment directly on a story or other user's comments on the website. If you don't have a Facebook account, you can register for an account at www.facebook.com. Signing up for an account is quick, easy and free.

What are the benefits to me?

You'll have one less username and password to remember because you'll log in with Facebook credentials to comment on yakimaherald.com. You also will be able to include your Facebook friends in the discussion if you choose.

Will my friends on Facebook see my article comments?

Yes, but only if you choose that option. Your comments will be posted on your Facebook wall and be visible to your friends if you leave the "Post my comments to my Facebook profile" box checked next to the "Post" button.

Will people be able to visit my Facebook profile from my article comment?

Yes, but what they see on your profile is determined by your Facebook privacy settings. These settings allow you to decide how much information you want to share with your friends or others. Learn more about privacy settings in Facebook's privacy guide.

What if I don't want to use my real name or don't want a Facebook account?

Commenting on yakimaherald.com stories is your choice. If you want to participate in the conversation, we require you to use Facebook. Registering with false credentials on Facebook is a violation of its policies, and your account privileges could be revoke by Facebook. In addition, we are requiring commenters to use their real names on our site. We reserve the right to remove posts from any commenter who is not using his or her real name, even if the post does not contain any objectionable content.

Do you want only positive comments?

No. We encourage discussion and welcome diverse opinions. But respect others' opinions and views as well. Comments that use offensive, vulgar or hateful language will be removed. To learn more, read our Terms and Conditions.

Will your terms and conditions still apply?

Yes, use of the website, including use of Facebook comments, is conditional upon your acceptance of our Terms and Conditions.

Will the Yakima Herald-Republic be moderating these comments?

Yes. We will remove comments that use offensive, vulgar or hateful language. We will ban commenters that use a false Facebook account/name to comment or those who repeatedly violate our Terms and Conditions. Facebook also may moderate comments and may remove inappropriate comments and/or close associated Facebook accounts.

How do I report an inappropriate comment?

Click on the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box. Choose from the two options displayed: "Mark as Spam" or "Report as Abuse."

How do I report a fake Facebook account?

It is a violation of Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to use false personal information to create a Facebook account. You may report a fake profile by clicking the "Report/Block this Person" link in the bottom left column of the profile, selecting "Fake Profile" as the reason, and adding the appropriate information.

Why are you switching to Facebook commenting?

The new system creates better accountability by linking comments to Facebook accounts. Comments become more civil and more informative when a person is easily identifiable with a name and face attached to a comment. We also want more people to join the conversation, and the easier social sharing will encourage more interaction.

Where can I see Facebook commenting in action?

Facebook comments are used on many sites, including columbian.com, cnn.com, NBC17.com and newsadvance.com.

When will the change take place?

Facebook commenting launched on yakimaherald.com on July 14, 2011.

How is my yakimaherald.com commenting activity used on Facebook?

When you recommend yakimaherald.com items, they are posted to your Facebook wall, just like any other item you share on Facebook. Your Facebook friends will see items you have recommended, subject to the privacy settings you have selected on Facebook.

Will all of my yakimaherald.com activity appear on Facebook?

No. Only your Facebook recommendations will appear on Facebook, if you have linked your yakimaherald.com account to your Facebook account and have explicitly shared items on Facebook.. Your ratings, reviews and other public actions will be visible on yakimaherald.com only. (Your tweets will also appear on Twitter, if you have linked your Twitter accound to your yakimaherald.com account and have clicked Twitter links on yakimaherald.com. No other actions will appear on Twitter.)

Who can see my yakimaherald.com activity?

When you connect with Facebook, your Facebook privacy settings (such as share only with friends, share with friends of friends, or share with everyone) will control the visibility of your yakimaherald.com recommendations on Facebook and among your Facebook friends who use yakimaherald.com.

How to contact the Yakima Herald-Republic

If you have any questions about these commenting guidelines, our terms of service, the practices of our website, or to resolve a dispute, you can contact us:

By email: click here
By mail: Yakima Herald-Republic
Attn: Online Manager - Commenting
114 N. Fourth St.
Yakima, WA 98901-2707
Last updated July 12,2011