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Letter FROM the Editor: How To Post

... and not get suspended

Here at Patch, we *love* community involvement and debate. After all, it's what Patch is built to do. 

But—how can you can talk on Patch without getting yourself deleted or suspended by that "mean Patch admin who emailed me this week?" 

It's simple. Follow the Patch Terms of Service. 

When you all signed up, you agreed to those conditions (find them again under Patch Info at the bottom of every page.) While it's funny to use names that would offend other people, it would be neighborly to use an alias that is harmless to others. And we want to be neighborly, right? 

Now, here comes the important part: 

Patch is not here for personal vendettas. It's here for news and community debate/conversations. So if Patch admins see personal vendettas and stuff that doesn't involve the entire community? Chances are that admin is going to just delete it. If you need to have those conversations? Take it offline. 

Here are other reasons why you may be deleted or suspended or by a Patch admin, or by a user: 

Your post or comment: 
 
1) is abusive, profane, defamatory; 
2) infringes on copyright; 
3) violates privacy; 
4) threatens or harasses; 
5) is violent; 
6) is illegal; 
7) is spam; 
8) is a virus; 
9) is inaccurate or misleading. 

Opinions are not misleading, but stating your opinions as fact is. 

Opinions are *welcome* on Patch. So is debate. So, debate away! Just leave the name-calling and personal vendettas out of it. 

Thanks!
Lanning Taliaferro
Associate Regional Editor

and 

Danielle Masterson
Senior Community Editor

Active Yorktowner March 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Keep meaning to ask...What happened to Plamena?
Lanning Taliaferro March 30, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Hi, AY: We miss her! Patch is undergoing a radical transition. We are no longer staffed as we used to be. We hope to enhance the platform in the coming weeks to make it easier for locals to make meaningful local contributions to their Patch sites.
Sharon Sutherland April 01, 2014 at 08:04 AM
I am glad to hear that changes will be made regarding comments. After seeing how nasty and mean people can be i stopped reading Patch...Patch should consider requiring people to register with their real names, I think people would be much nicer if their posts could be attributed to them.

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