Discussion Guidelines For Code Switch

(Updated 7/22/13) Discussions on Code Switch are governed by NPR.org's Community Rules. Since conversations about race, ethnicity and culture can get especially dicey, we'll be paying extra careful attention to comments in this space. We'd love for you to join us for a rich conversation about these issues. For the best experience, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the Community Rules before diving in. It's worth reiterating a few of them:

Be polite. We'll often be discussing uncomfortable subjects. We strive to do so with good humor and sensitivity, and we hold our commenters to the same standard. Please engage in good faith without personally attacking your fellow commenters.

Stick to the topic at hand. And no, asking why we're covering something does not count as staying on topic. If we cover a subject that doesn't hold your interest, we recommend you move on rather than expressing your boredom. And every thread is not another opportunity to discuss your least favorite politicians.

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We hold our comments to an extraordinarily high threshold. We get a large number of comments on Code Switch posts, and we consider that conversation a vital part of the blog. That means we prune and filter that discussion aggressively to make it great. Often, if we remove a comment, it's not necessarily because the comment was offensive, but because it didn't add much to the conversation. And if we find ourselves removing several of your comments, you may find yourself uninvited from the Code Switch comment section.

Our lead blogger Gene Demby wrote a post about the types of comments we usually remove, to give you some insight into our moderation decisions. Always feel free to contact us to appeal a decision you felt was unfair. (We can't promise a quick response because of the volume of emails we usually get, but we will definitely see your message, and respond if possible.)

Thanks for reviewing this. We look forward to having you in the conversation.



Discussions about race, ethnicity and culture tend to get dicey quickly, so we hold our commenters on Code Switch to an especially high bar. We may delete comments we think might derail the conversation. If you're new to Code Switch, please read over our FAQ and NPR's Community Guidelines before commenting. We try to notify commenters individually when we remove their comments, but given that we receive a high volume of comments, we may not always be able to get in touch. If we've removed a comment you felt was a thoughtful and valuable addition to the conversation, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by emailing codeswitch@npr.org.

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