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Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to comment on individual stories and contribute your viewpoints. This helps all of us understand topics better. Please observe the following guidelines:

  • Be courteous.
  • Do not threaten or defame others. Do not use language that discriminates on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, region, disability or act in a way that otherwise violates USF St. Petersburg policies or USF System policies and codes of conduct.
  • Discuss and debate and keep comments truthful.
  • Do not impersonate another user or USF student, staff or faculty person.
  • Avoid posting commercial material including advertising and solicitation for goods or services.
  • Do not violate the copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property right of another party or post content that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive, that violates a third party’s right to privacy, that otherwise violates any applicable local, state, national or international law.

You are solely responsible for the content of your messages. We reserve the right to delete comments that violate our guidelines.

How to Comment

You are prompted to login to a Facebook account before you can leave a comment.

Your comment will appear right away or, if it contains content that requires review first, it will appear as soon as we can verify it doesn’t violate our guidelines.

If you cannot see any comments, check with your IT department. Some employers block the Facebook application from their servers.

Why Facebook?

We understand that some users are not interested in using Facebook. Our aim is not to shut out participants from the conversation, but rather to provide a welcoming environment that encourages high-quality and relevant viewpoints. Requiring authentication via Facebook helps us do this by holding people accountable for their comments.

A major benefit of using Facebook for commenting is that you will  not need to maintain a separate username and password for our site. Plus, you will be able to use the Facebook grammar filter, ‘Like’ and follow other readers’ comments, include your friends in the conversation and get notifications when someone responds to your comment.


If you are signing up for Facebook just to post a comment keep in mind that new accounts may require you to make a few “friends” before you can comment. This helps to establish your identity as well as the identities of others using Facebook. For issues concerning Facebook we encourage you to check with their Help Center.

Once logged in, your Facebook photo and name may appear on pages before you left a comment. This is just how Facebook personalizes your Web browsing experience; your name and photo will not be visible to anyone else until your comment is published.

What others see when they click on your information is determined by your Facebook privacy settings. For assistance in updating your settings please visit the Facebook Help Center.

If you suspect someone is using a fake or abusive account, report them directly to Facebook by clicking on the user’s profile, then clicking “Report/block this person” at the bottom left of the page.