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Account Basics

Your account allows you to participate in Commenting, Classifieds, Auctions, Contests and other features in our online community.  Your account must be created using a valid email account, and only one account per person is permitted.

Your account is a privilege, not a right.  If suspects your account is fraudulent, or is being used to harass, defame, spam, or is breaking laws, or is breaking our rules, your account may be temporarily or permanently suspended.

Never forget that even behind a username and without providing any personal information, you are still NOT anonymous online. or your Internet Provider can and will be subpoenaed for your information should you be caught defaming someone or conducting illegal activities online.

Account Security

You are solely responsible for actions taken under your account, and you should not disclose your login information to anyone else. If you suspect your account has been compromised, change your password immediately.  If you are unable to access your account, use the “Forgot Password” feature to have a reset link emailed to you.

Data Ownership

When you submit data (including writing, photography, video, etc.) to’s platform, you retain ownership of it. By submitting this data to, however, you grant unlimited use of that data, including republishing, use in news coverage, etc.

Abuse in its sole discretion may terminate any type of submission (Comment, Classified, Auction Bid, Contest Entry, etc.) immediately and without notice if:

We have reason to believe that you have violated the spirit or the letter of the Community Guidelines or Terms of Service.
We have reason to believe that your account has been compromised or is fraudulent.
We have reason to believe that you have violated or have tried to violate the rights of others.

Please help us keep Classifieds an enjoyable and positive experience. If you see a listing that violates our Community Guidelines, please contact

General Disclaimer

The views expressed by our audience in the Comments do not necessarily reflect or represent the views of, its staff or contributors. does not participate in, nor is it a party to, any Classifieds transactions. does not screen or control users who may sell or buy on Classifieds, nor does review or authenticate all listings, items, or services offered for sale.  We do our best to remove fraudulent or inappropriate listings with the help of our audience, who can report such listings to us. reserves the right to change these Guidelines at any time.

These guidelines have been created by members of our editorial staff, including the publisher, managing editor, reporters, and members of the community, incorporating feedback from our moderators and users.


The online community at exists to provide a platform for people to express their views on the stories making news headlines in our community. This community is shaped by the people who have a voice here. It is everyone’s responsibility to make it a place for intelligent, insightful and entertaining conversation. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, so please debate the issues fairly and be constructive. In short, no profanity, no insults.


Replies to comments: you can reply to other users’ comments by using the ‘reply’ icon under each comment.
Upvote:  upvote or “thumbs up” a comment if you like or agree with it.
Downvote:  downvote or “thumbs down” a comment if you dislike or disagree with it.

Comment Posting

You must be logged in to your account in order to post a comment. To access the comments page of an article, click the POST COMMENT button at the bottom of an article. Type your comment into the box and when you are satisfied with the content, click ‘submit’.


Our commenting platform is moderated by a program that filters comments based on tone, which encourages healthy debate and discussions. Rude, disrespectful and unreasonable comments are automatically sent to moderation via this tool. 

Comments are also moderated by the community of readers and staff. This approach aims to elevate the tone of conversations. If a problematic comment slips through moderation, users can alert our moderators by flagging the comment.

Certain subjects — race, immigration, religion and sexual identity among them — unfortunately, attract a high number of offensive and abusive comments that could be potentially libellous. For these reasons, we may choose to close comments preemptively.

Additionally, all comments posted overnight will not appear on the site immediately and will require moderation, so as to prevent inappropriate comments from being posted while our moderation team is unavailable.

When and why are comments closed?

  • Legal reasons: If comments breach a publication ban when the story involves a trial, crime or another legal case, or when comments contain information that could put us at legal risk, comments will not be opened at the time the story is posted. An accompanying message will also be posted explaining why comments have been closed.
  • Abuse: If comments regarding a particularly contentious issue are offensive, vulgar, racist and/or libellous, comments will be closed. An accompanying message will be posted explaining that comments on the story "have been closed because an overwhelming number of readers were making statements that could be considered offensive, libellous, untrue or vulgar."

What kinds of comments are removed?

  • Personal attacks: Name-calling, threats and verbal abuse directed at another individual will not be tolerated. Comments will be removed. The offending commenter may be banned from commenting in the future.
  • Profanity: Keep it clean. Opinions can be expressed without foul language.
  • Spam: Messages promoting commercial entities or competing media sites will be removed.
  • Trolling: Commenters will be banned if there is an attempt to derail a conversation or post inflammatory comments. Please stay relevant and on topic.
  • Racism, sexism and other discrimination: Attacking an individual or group of people for their gender, gender identity or expression, race, culture or belief(s) will not be tolerated.
  • Illegal activities: Libellous statements or comments that include false or unsubstantiated allegations will be removed.
  • Offensive usernames: If your username includes words that are offensive or abusive, your account will be blocked.

Deleting Comments

You can delete your comment at any time by clicking the ‘delete’ icon just below your comment.

Do reporters and writers read and respond to comments?

Journalists will respond to queries and/or concerns when time and situation allow.

Where’s my Comment?

If your comment has disappeared it is likely that it is under review by our moderators.