Online Comments and Discussions

Offering readers the chance to post their own comments on online news stories is now common. Faculty issues come up on news sites and other websites such as social media websites or discussion forums. 

This can be an important way to reinforce our values, to rebut an inaccurate point, and to add information that an article or posting omitted. Some tips:

  • Depending on the website, you may need to create a login in order to post comments. Give a little thought to the user name which will appear with your comments.
  • Try to post early--the first comments will be read more often than the fifty-seventh.
  • Keep it brief and coherent. Make one main point per comment.
  • Keep a professional, respectful tone. Avoid getting into an angry, extended back-and-forth with other commenters.