Comments on Evanston Now are an essential part of the site.

The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space.

Your access to post comments on Evanston Now is a privilege and not a right.

Comments are screened by an editor before going live. That may take a while depending on the time of day and how busy we are.

Much as we might like to engage with you in a discussion of why your comment was or was not published, we simply do not have the time to do that and still have time to cover the news. So, please don’t ask.

We reserve the right to ban people from commenting and from the site who violate our policies.

We do not require commenters to use their real names. We respect readers’ desire to remain anonymous. We do require that you provide a real email address so we can correspond with you about your comments. Providing a fake email address is likely to get your comment, and you, banned.

To be published, comments should be neither extremely long nor extremely short. Comments so short that they merely affirm your agreement with another commenter will not be published. Add something new. Comments too long and rambling will not be published. Try to say what you have to say in less than 300 words.

We may edit your comment to bring it into compliance with our policies, or to make it more readable, with or without contacting you about it. We’ll try our best to preserve the thrust of your argument, and we may even try to correct your spelling and punctuation. But we take no responsibility for any content you submit.

Help keep the comment section civil

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  • Don’t criticize people for their decision to post anonymously.
  • Don’t speculate about the identity of persons posting anonymously.
  • Don’t suggest that people who disagree with you should leave town.

And what should you do?

  • Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with.
  • Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your feedback

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