The Ithaca Voice invites and encourages well-informed comments on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our other social media channels. We believe that our comments sections are spaces for fruitful discussion to occur, and for that reason, we do monitor our comment section for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of these spaces. Comments should be relevant to the article and the intent should be to engage with others on the platform in a civil manner.  Examples of this might include: providing additional factual information, sharing a personal experience that applies to the content of the article or proposing answers to questions or issues raised by the story.

We do not edit comments. Instead, they will either be posted or rejected based on whether or not they abide by our guidelines. Although we encourage discussion and seek to maximize conversation around important issues, comments that  disrespect other readers and break the terms of our policy will not be tolerated.

We strive to be fair and accurate in our reporting. We put a great deal of thought into what a story means for the community that we are a  part of as a media outlet. In return, we ask that similar thoughts be put into reader comments. 

Comments will be moderated after being posted to The Ithaca Voice’s social media channels. Comments that violate our guidelines will be deleted, and users who repeatedly violate these guidelines will be banned. 

There are language filters that automatically remove comments that contain vulgarities and other language inappropriate for our forum.  

Treat your responses to Ithaca Voice articles like brief letters to the editor. Be thoughtful, insightful and constructive.

Below are examples of  comments that help us move stories forward:

  • Direct responses to the article about how your experience relates to the topic.
  • Factual information that provides context to the story.
  • Thoughtful answers to questions raised by the article.
  • Tips that could advance our reporting.

Comments that include any of the following will be deleted:

  • Hate speech. **
  • Personal attacks on individuals, other readers, or our reporters.
  • Repetitive talking points.
  • Using an article about a specific topic to disparage a broad ideology.
  • Arguments between readers.
  • Comments from accounts we deem to be fake or other pages.
  • Sharing articles with inaccurate and/or offensive content. 

Username and photo

Comments from fake profiles or pages advocating for a specific ideology will be deleted. This includes political groups and profiles made to obscure the identity of the commenter. 

Personal attacks

We do not allow any form of personal attack or ad hominem argument.

Aggressive behaviors that attack other commenters will not be tolerated. This includes name calling, harassment in the form of multiple comments tagging the same person, and dismissive behavior that does not validate different perspectives will not be tolerated. 

Avoid  generalizing statements that paint a group of people with a broad brush. 

Personal attacks on The Ithaca Voice, its reporters or staff will not be tolerated. If you have a specific issue with  a story, please email Interim Executive Director Dustin Patte at dpatte@ithacavoice.com.

Length

Our letters policy asks that Letters to the Editor not exceed 500 words. If your comment exceeds 500 words, it may be better suited as a Letter to the Editor. The guidelines for letters can be found on our Standards and Practices page

Exceedingly long comments may be deleted. 

Frequency

Repeated posting of the same or similar comments will be deleted. Continued violations of this policy may result in a ban. 

Links and self-promotion

Links to relevant websites are allowed.

gratuitous links to your personal website, to a political party/campaign, or product/service you represent will be deleted. We do not allow campaigning and those in violation of this policy will be blocked.

Feedback for The Ithaca Voice

If you have any feedback, questions, or need more information about this policy, please email dpatte@ithacavoice.com.

**The Ithaca Voice defines Hate Speech as any kind of communication that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, color, descent, gender or other identity factor.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com