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In order to keep things respectful and to maintain the integrity of all content/blogs, all comments, trackbacks, and pingbacks are moderated before they are posted. Comments that contain vulgar language, personal insults, offensive comments about people's ethnicity, race, religion, or sexual orientation, or any other kinds of attacks on other people will not be posted. Comments that are spam, are clearly off topic, that promote services or products, or that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted.
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Remember: A comment is conversation. A comment that does not add to the conversation, runs off on an inappropriate tangent, or kills the conversation may be edited, moved or deleted.
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1. Reject postings containing statements that appear to be defamatory or libelous in nature.
2. Edit or delete comments, as its administrators feel necessary. Serious edits will be notated at the end of the comment. At no time will Arab News attempt to alter the core meaning of a comment.
3. Reject the message, edit the message when the moderators judge it to be a personal attack, defamatory (or potentially defamatory), abusive, incite hatred or otherwise offensive.
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7. Delete comments that are felt to be spam or are inappropriate
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Your comments may include links of value that are relevant to the posting. Please don't view this as an opportunity to promote or advertise your Web site in the comments. Excessive and/or inappropriate links will be removed. Double check your links, because any link which returns an error, leads to a site under construction, or cannot be loaded by the browser will be removed. Please see our LINKING POLICY & DISCLAIMER OF ENDORSEMENT
In order to keep these platforms (posting comments for articles/blogs) enjoyable and interesting for all our viewers, we ask simply that you follow these minimal rules. These rules are only a minimum; in addition to complying with these rules, we ask that you also exercise common sense and generally be considerate toward your fellow viewers. By participating either in our online discussion and comment posting systems, you are consenting to these rules.
1. You agree that you are fully responsible for the content that you post. You will not knowingly post content that violates the copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property right of any third party and that you will remove the same should you discover that you have violated this provision. Likewise, you may not post content that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive, that violates a third party's right to privacy, that otherwise violates any applicable local, state, national or international law, or that is otherwise inappropriate. You will indemnify Arabnews.com, its employees, agents, and affiliates from any and all claims and/or damages (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees) resulting from any claim brought by any third party relating to content you have posted.
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Anyone who violates the Comments Policy may be blocked from future commenting on this blog.
Please identify yourself when commenting. If we have reason to believe an identity is false we reserve the right to remove the comment.
Because comments are moderated, there may be a slight delay before your comment appears on the site. Don't worry! All comments that follow the rules above will eventually appear.
Arabnews.com has the right, at its sole discretion, to remove comments that contravene our guidelines and terms. Arabnews.com is under no obligation to post or reinstate any comments.
 LINKING POLICY & DISCLAIMER OF ENDORSEMENT
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