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Blog comment and moderation guidelines

Comment and moderation guidelines

When posting comments, please observe our site participation guidelines so please do:

  • be respectful of others who use this site
  • stay on topic
  • keep comments concise
  • remember all comments submitted to this site must include your name and a genuine email address

Site guidelines ask that people do not:

  • use language that is offensive, inflammatory or provocative (this includes, but is not limited to, swearing and obscene or vulgar comments)
  • break the law (this includes libel, condoning illegal activity and contempt of court)
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  • post personal information in comments such as addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details, which may relate to you or other individuals
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  • post anonymous comments (they will not be accepted)
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  • make any commercial endorsement or promotion of any product, service or publication not relevant to the discussion

If you are aged 16 or under, please get the permission of your parent or guardian before participating.

Moderation policy

Blog comments are pre-moderated to check they comply with the Government Actuary’s Department and the Government Digital Service blog participation guidelines. If comments don’t comply, they will not be published.

Here is a brief outline of how we evaluate comments

  • Is this comment on topic and does it add value to the discussion? If so, we will aim to post it within 2 working weeks. If we also consider it would be helpful for the Government Actuary’s Department to answer publicly, we will post a response at the same time.
  • Is this person asking for information or detail relating to another department, for example is it a GOV.UK content query? If so, we'll pass the query on and ensure it is dealt with as quickly as possible. We will update the user on progress.
  • Does this comment raise an issue with a tool or transaction? Or is it reporting a bug or performance problem? If so, we will alert the team responsible and tell the user this has been done.
  • Is this comment a rant at another part of HM Government venting frustration or anger? If so, refer to the participation guidelines and remove any inappropriate comment.
  • Please note that we do not edit comments so if they breach the guidelines, we are not able to post them. Comments are published ultimately at our editorial discretion.