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General Guidelines for Contributing to Deaf Echo:

While many blogs (henceforth referred to as “articles” on this website) are considered to be the opinion of the individual writers, the editors of Deaf Echo would like to make potential contributors aware of a number of issues:

  1. You may not, in articles or in comments, make false claims against individuals or organizations. We will not run any articles containing “facts” that cannot be independently verified.
  2. You also may not embed patently false claims in statements of “opinion.”  Opinions are not automatically protected speech.  In other words, there is no difference between the statements “John Doe stole $400,000 from Jane Doe” and “In my opinion, John Doe stole $400,000 from Jane Doe” if this cannot be proven. Please note that the editorial staff of Deaf Echo makes no distinction between the phrases “patently false” and “cannot be proven.”
  3. You may not harass contributors to Deaf Echo. Our editorial staff will delete any material it deems offensive with or without notification to the author of the material, and reserves the right to delay the publication of any material until it can be thoroughly reviewed (this includes comments).  Deaf Echo also reserves the right to ban indefinitely any individual who refuses to adhere to these guidelines.

Editing Policy:

While our writers represent Deaf Echo in terms of the civility they exhibit (or fail to), their views are their own. However, a story about a particular workplace will not be edited by a person who also works at that location. Furthermore, guest editors may edit particular pieces, and their names will not be released.

Commenting Policy:

Commenting requires a valid Disqus login.  We do not pre-moderate any comments and welcome all kinds of thoughts- supportive, dissenting, critical or otherwise.

We do not delete or censor comments unless they have content that:

  • is abusive
  • is off-topic
  • contains ad-hominem attacks
  • promotes hate of any kind
  • uses excessively foul language
  • is blatantly spam

We also will place users in the Disqus blacklist if they repeatedly engage in the above behaviors on this blog or elsewhere in the blogosphere.

If you find that your comment isn’t immediately showing up, it may have been flagged as spam. Please email us at manager@deafecho.com to follow up on the status of your comment if it hasn’t shown up after 24 hours and we will do our best to sort it out.