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We encourage comments:

  • We want to hear from you! Please post comments, questions, and other thoughts… as you think them. That's what we're here for.
  • Stay on Topic. Stick to the subject and issues raised by the post, not the person who made it or others that commented on it.
  • Think before you press the submit button. Remember that this is a public forum, and your words will be archived on this site and available for anyone to find for a long time – the web has a very long memory.
  • If you can't be polite, don't say it. Respect is the name of the game. You must respect your fellow commenters.

Some Don'ts:

  • Don't post copyrighted materials (articles, videos, audio, etc) that you do not have permission to reproduce or distribute.
  • Don't post content that installs viruses, worms, malware, trojans, etc.
  • Don't post content that is obscene, libelous, defamatory or hateful
  • Don't post spam
  • Don't post personal, real-life information such as home addresses and home phone numbers.

What will we do?

  • We will review comments in a timely manner and we will publish them as written if they are in line with our guidelines.
  • We'll respond to comments, answer questions, and provide suggestions as appropriate.
  • Sometimes we'll join a comment thread to help focus (or refocus) the discussion, or to get people talking.
  • If you break one of the guidelines above (or come close to it), we'll delete your comment, email you, and ask you to stop. We might also post a reminder to the discussion. If it continues, we will block you from posting comments altogether.
  • We will remove any posts that are obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like.
  • We will remove content that puts us in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libelous or defamatory postings, or material posted in potential breach of copyright.

Adapted from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Community Discussion Guidelines.