House Rules

Why hasn’t my comment appeared?

Your comment may be awaiting moderation. The MPC blog is entirely pre-moderated, which means that all comments are checked by a moderator before they appear. If your comment does not appear, it may have been rejected by the moderators. If so, you will be sent an email telling you why.

What are the House Rules?

We’ve established the following House Rules so that everyone can get the most out of the MPC blog.

Please note that these rules also apply to rich media submissions such as images, video and audio clips, as well as content associated with you such as avatar images.

Names may be failed if they…

  1. Contain website or email addresses
  2. Contain contact information (i.e. phone numbers, postcodes etc)
  3. Appear to impersonate someone else
  4. Contain swear words or are otherwise objectionable

We reserve the right to fail comments which…

  1. Are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others
  2. Are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable
  3. Contain swear words or other language likely to offend
  4. Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court.
  5. Advertise products or services for profit or gain
  6. Are seen to impersonate someone else
  7. Include contact details such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses
  8. Are written in anything other than English, French and Russian.
  9. Contain links to other websites which break our Editorial Guidelines
  10. Describe or encourage activities which could endanger the safety or well-being of others
  11. Are considered to be “spam”, that is posts containing the same, or similar, content posted multiple times
  12. Are considered to be off-topic for the blog discussion

The MPC welcomes feedback, both positive and negative, but please make sure your comments are in line with the above House Rules. Repeatedly posting personal or offensive comments about individual members of the public or people who work for the MPC may be considered harassment. We reserve the right to remove such messages and take action against those responsible.

If your comment is failed you will be sent an email telling you which house rule the comment was considered to have broken. This will include a link to more information about the house rules.

On very rare occasions, you may be sent a personalised response telling you why your comment was removed, but we can’t do this as a matter of course.

What is moderation?

Comments on our blogs are checked by human moderators to make the blogs a safe and enjoyable place to be, and ensure that they meet the House Rules. The blog author or host does not usually moderate the content of the boards, although it is their job to keep the discussions relevant to the topic and within the BBC’s guidelines. They may close off-topic or other rule-breaking discussions, and sometimes make a decision on comments that have been referred to them by the moderators. They may also alert the moderators to rule-breaking comments that they see in the course of their work.

Why must we have moderation on this blog?

At the MPC, we allow as much freedom as possible to have relevant discussions on our blog. However, we are also responsible for making sure that these discussions stay polite, safe and relevant and do not violate any laws or the MPC editorial policies. This is why we have a set of House Rules that we ask everyone to follow. Moderators only remove messages that break these House Rules.

Moderation is necessary so all users can participate in online communities without fear of intimidation by other users or being subjected to offensive content. Also, people may intentionally or unintentionally post content that is unlawful, putting themselves as well as the MPC at risk of legal action.

Please take care when copying text from someone else’s post into your own. If the text you have copied into your post is seen to break the House Rules, your entire post will be removed.

We provide explanations through email for all moderation decisions so that we can make the moderation process as transparent and as fair as possible. In some cases the reasons for removal may not be apparent to other users of the blog, but the person who posted the comment will receive an email explanation when the decision is made to fail it.