Your annual post about comments and comment policy

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Hello everyone. Every so often we need to write a post about comments. That is: the comments you guys leave in discussion below each post.

The first thing I should remind you of, is that we have a comments policy that everyone is expected to abide by. You can read it here.

The rules are in place to make this website a place where people want to spend time. There are enough places on this world wide web of ours where manners and decency don’t exist, but this is not one of them.

Things are a bit difficult at the moment, so passions are high, we understand that. All we would ask if that if you’re debating or even arguing with somebody, stick to the point without making it personal.

Play the ball, not the man etc. Name calling, personal attacks, there’s no need for it. We’re all adults here. Mostly.

Football would be boring without differences of opinion, but you don’t get healthy debate if you call someone a nasty name or try and divide them using silly Internet acronyms. We’re all Arsenal fans, we don’t all have to agree, but the least we can do is have manners and remain civil.

Also, if you are going to go to the trouble of leaving a comment, stop and think if it’s really acceptable. Like, if you compare the manager to one serial killer, then come back and correct yourself to compare him to a different serial killer, you probably need to rethink your … well … life.

And you’ve just wasted your time because that comment is not going to get published.

We’ve also changed the comment system very slightly, you can still rate comments etc, but hopefully this version is quicker and doesn’t require the entire page to load again. You can also sort comments by oldest, newest and most rated. If you have any feedback on this, leave a comment!

If you want an avatar beside your name, go to gravatar.com and register your email there. If you use that email in the email field here, your chosen avatar will show up.

Finally, I’m aware that people sometimes get caught in our moderation queue. This can be for quite a number of reasons, and I don’t want to reveal them, but we can take a look if you email us and we can try to get you sorted.

Thanks as ever for your attention, and in advance for your cooperation, and here’s a table full of puppies just because who wouldn’t want a table full of puppies.

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