When we added the option of comments to stories on IdahoStatesman.com, we had no idea we would see the response that we have. More than 120,000 comments have been posted to Statesman stories or blogs in just over six months.
Some of these comments are thoughtful and move the debate forward. Sometimes they add a perspective that our original story didn't. Most of our comments fall into this category.
We really want to provide our community an open forum where a variety of opinions can be shared. When users violate our guidelines, they offend, upset and discourage other users who complain to us. The lack of civil, germane discourse can discourage many members of our community from participating in what should be a rich conversation about issues facing us today.
If you violate our guidelines again, we will be forced to deny you access to commenting. We don’t want to take that step.
Please make sure your comments follow our policy.
As the e-mail states, we don't want to block any users. We want community members to have this chance to share their thoughts on the issues. But we need you to keep our guidelines in mind as you post your comments. We appreciate your help in keeping this feature working the way it was intended.
Online Initiatives/Technology editor