Community Policy

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The Daily Beast trusts you. Really, we do. When you register and post your first comment, The Daily Beast will review it and, assuming you're not trying to talk us into giving you our bank account number so you can send us the misappropriated fortune of a Nigerian kleptocrat, we'll probably approve you as a commenter. Once you're approved, you have free rein on the site to say what you want, with a few exceptions.

While we won't delete comments just because they express a particular point of view, we do reserve the right to delete comments that, in our judgment:

  • are abusive, off-topic and/or use excessive foul language;
  • are solicitations and/or advertising;
  • violate our Terms of Use Agreement and/or Privacy Policy;
  • are derogatory based on race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and/or otherwise similarly derogatory;
  • are otherwise detrimental to the community.

We rely on users to tell us when they think comments are abusive – that's what the little "Flag It" icon next to every comment is for. If you feel that a particular comment is violating this policy or harming the community, please let us know.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, this policy is not intended, and may not be relied upon to, and does not, create any right enforceable by any party other than The Daily Beast or require The Daily Beast to take or refrain from taking any action (including but not limited to removing comments).

At least, that's what the lawyers made us say.

Q: I posted a comment. Why can't I see it on the site?

A: If this is your first comment, it's because our crack editorial team hasn't yet approved you as a commenter. It's also possible we decided not to approve it, probably because it broke one of those rules listed above. If this isn't your first comment, we may have deleted it because it violated this policy.

Q: Why am I blocked from submitting a comment to The Daily Beast?

A: We occasionally block commenters who have posted comments that break the rules. This means the abusive commenter is banned from commenting on the site in the future, even if the later comments are not abusive. We ban users and IPs because the volume of comments makes it too time consuming to continually delete individual comments.

Q: There is a comment that I think violates your comment policy. What should I do?

A: Hit that little "Flag It" button next to the comment to let our staff know they should take a look. It's just that easy.

Q: Can I change my username?

A: Nope. You're stuck with it. Choose wisely.

Q: Can I edit or delete a comment once it's been posted?

A: Yes. You've got a few minutes after you post your comment to edit it.