User agreement for Stars and Stripes story comments

Stars and Stripes values your comments and encourages an open, energized discussion on topics of interest to our readers. But, like all good things, there are limits to what is suitable for posting in our comments forums. We want stripes.com to be a useful site for intelligent respectful discussion and we welcome thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point concisely and politely. 

You are solely responsible for your comments, and we ask your cooperation in ensuring that all of your comments are civil in nature and that you avoid inappropriate postings. Before you post your comment, please read it over. Think about what you've written; make sure you've made your point clearly and concisely, and that it falls within our comment policy.

All comments are moderated and we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove, move, or edit comments that we feel violate these rules or are otherwise inappropriate.

The following is a list of the types of user comments that we deem inappropriate and that are subject to removal:

  • Posts that are invasive of another person’s privacy or include personal information, such as phone numbers or e-mail addresses

  • Off-topic posts

  • Posts that have links to websites that are not related to the topic of discussion

  • Posts that include rumors or derogatory information that cannot be easily substantiated

  • Remarks that contain abusive, threatening, harmful, libelous, or otherwise unlawful material

  • Personal attacks, including name-calling and “SHOUTING”

  • Comments that are obscene, vulgar, profane, incoherent,or otherwise objectionable

  • Comments that are racist, sexist, homophobic or contain other types of hate-speech

  • A post that purports to be written by someone else

  • Spam and unsolicited advertisements

  • Offensive or inappropriate user names, email addresses or profile photos

  • Content that infringes upon or violates the copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights of any third party

  • "Trolling" or otherwise inciting a degradation of the discussion

We also reserve the right to suspend comments on a story when the discussion becomes repetitious or abusive, or veers away from the subject.  Repeated violations of the comments policy, or particularly egregious offenses, may lead to a commenter being banned from future discussions.  If you feel a comment violates these rules or is objectionable in other ways, please report it to webnews@stripes.com. If we all take responsibility for maintaining an appropriate and constructive environment, the discussion itself is improved and everyone benefits.


Stars and Stripes does not claim ownership of any comments you submit. Nor do we endorse the content of any comments or vouch for their accuracy and reliability.

However, by submitting a comment, you are consenting to its display and publication on stripes.com and affiliated websites and for related online and offline promotional uses by granting Stars and Stripes a worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free and non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, perform, display and create derivative works from such comments (in whole or in part) and to incorporate the comments into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed.

Edited: March 2016