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December 11, 2009

With our recent redesign, is expanding the way that we handle comments to give you more opportunities to share your views and to encourage a lively and timely discussion on our site.

You will now see the opportunity to comment on selected topics and articles across And we’ve changed our moderation system to shorten the delay in publishing your comments. To facilitate this, we’re now asking you to register and login before you can comment. We know this is a pain — we too have more logins than we can remember — but it’s a short, one-time step that’s worth the effort.

When you start entering a comment, you will be asked to log in if you aren’t already — either using a registration, or an account with other services like Facebook or Twitter. The first time you use an outside account, you’ll be asked to link it to a one. On subsequent visits, you will be able to login using only the non-Reuters account.

You will be asked to choose a screen name that must be 3-15 characters in length. Please note that you will not be able to change your screen name once it has been created.

Here are our house rules on comments:

  • We moderate all comments and will publish everything that advances the topic directly or with relevant tangential information.
  • We try not to publish comments that we think are offensive or appear to pass you off as another person, and we will be conservative if comments may be considered libelous.

If you have any questions or responses to our new policy, you can leave them — you guessed it — in the comments section.

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