Coral Reef Watch Comment Guidelines – Facebook
This page is moderated by the staff of NOAA Coral Reef Watch
We welcome your comments to our Facebook wall posts and expect that our conversations here will be courteous. Please remember that you are fully responsible for the content of your comments.
NOAA does not discriminate against any views; however, we do reserve the right to delete comments on our walls that:
• Abusive, vulgar, obscene, racist, threatening, or harassing comments
• Libel, slander, or personal attacks of any kind, including the use of offensive terms that target specific individuals or groups
• Clearly off topic
• Spam, including content that promotes products or services or contains gratuitous links (links or references to other NOAA webpages or federal government sites are acceptable)
• Political campaigning or lobbying
• Personal messages to government employees deemed inappropriate
• Links to personal pages expressing controversial comments, opinions, positions, and views not shared by NOAA Coral Reef Watch
“Misleading or false information” includes myths, misconceptions, or argumentative questions/statements about global warming that have been answered or explained in various scientifically credible venues, such as NOAA’s Global Warming FAQ page, or communication products from other science agencies and institutions. (Links below.)
Climate.gov Global Warming FAQs: http://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/global-warming-frequently-asked-questions
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change FAQs: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/docs/WG1AR5_FAQbrochure_FINAL.pdf
U.S. National Climate Assessment FAQs:
We implement this policy not because we want to discourage discussion or participation among people with conflicting views, but because we want to encourage *meaningful* discussion about true uncertainties and real issues surrounding climate change.
What do we mean by that? We mean that we want to encourage people to talk about how to fairly and economically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, not whether carbon dioxide really causes global warming. We want to hear what you have to say about the relative role of private versus public investment in making coastal infrastructure more resilient to sea level rise, not provide a forum for people to argue about whether rising sea level is truly a threat to coastal cities.
Please be respectful of others. Do not abuse the privilege of participating in our public, family-friendly forums -- users who do risk being blocked from commenting on our pages. If you have any questions about how we moderate our comments, feel free to email us at coralreefwatch (at) noaa (dot) gov.
HOW WE ENFORCE OUR POLICY
Unless a user posts something so offensive that he or she is immediately blocked, we will generally respond to violations of the comments policy by hiding or deleting inappropriate comments and giving users one or two warnings that specifically describe how their comments violated the policy. If the user continues to violate the policy after a final warning, he or she will be blocked.
However, anyone may still visit us at Coral Reef Watch and communicate with us at coralreefwatch (at) noaa (dot) gov, including anyone who’d like to ask us to consider allowing them to re-join us on Facebook.