Comment Moderation

Our aim

Nowshera Today aims to encourage readers to discuss and debate the content we publish. At the same time, we want to ensure that our platform is an inclusive and safe space where our readers come to seek intelligent commentary and discussion.

The work-flow

All comments submitted to Nowshera Today go through a process of moderation and scrutiny before they are approved to appear on the site.

Our comment moderators receive user comments as they are submitted to the website’s platform. Each comment is then read by a moderator and based on our comment policy, a decision is made whether to approve or trash it. This process may take up to a few hours depending on traffic.

A comment becomes visible on the site the moment it is approved for publishing.

Recommendations

In order to maintain intelligent and meaningful debate on our platform, we have developed a set of guidelines that we expect the community to follow when submitting a comment. These guidelines inform our approach to comment moderation on all our sites. Nowshera Today reserves the right to delete comments which violate our community engagement guidelines.

The language that is offensive to or attacks a person, a group of people or a community on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, appearance, or disability isn’t permitted. Personal attacks against authors as well as users are not permitted.

Do not post comments that have no relation to the topic of discussion. Some topics can be regarded as broad, but anything off-topic that may derail the discussion will not be approved. This will be done to keep the debate on track so it can remain meaningful.

Comments that can land any party in legal trouble will not be approved. This applies to libelous and defamatory comments, as well as comments that may lead to copyright breaches or other applicable Pakistani laws.

Do not post comments that are of a commercial nature, and/or contain advertising material and links. This may also apply to users who frequently post external links around a topic without making an actual contribution to the ongoing discussion.

Comments that include quotations from religious texts will be deleted. The reason for this is that scripture may be misquoted or it may be quoted out of context even if correctly shared.

Comments that appear to be spamming and posting identical comments across multiple posts will be deleted. These comments add nothing to the conversation and only serve to attempt at negatively disrupt it.

Comments that openly support terrorism, sectarianism, indulge in hate speech, incitement to violence, and/or attack a religion will be deleted.

Comments written in all CAPS will be trashed. All caps are generally regarded as a written equivalent to shouting. Please don’t shout.

All comments are reviewed by human moderators. As a result, only a limited number of comments can be moderated per day. However, we do our best and keep the discussion open on each post for 72 hours, starting from the moment it’s published online. This also amounts to the average time debate continues on the topic of the post, following which we move on to newer stories, as do most of our readers. Only in very exceptional circumstances do we keep comments open on a post after 72 hours have passed.

Views expressed in comments do not necessarily reflect or represent the views of Nowshera Today Media Group, its staff, or contributors. Countless times, you’ll come across comments that may not align with Nowshera Today’s positions on certain topics, but the ideas of respectful disagreement and debate mean we accommodate opposing views as long as they do not violate our comments guidelines.

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