This post has been updated.
We’re no longer gatekeepers, but we’re managers of a community.
We’re still moderating comments, but we need your help. See a comment that thoughtfully encourages conversation? Promote the comment by clicking on the “Like” button. See a comment that you feel breaks our rules? Flag it so we can take a look. That will help foster the kind of debate we (and hopefully you too) want to see at VOSD.
Here are some general guidelines (in part inspired by the good rules in place at The New York Times, The Guardian, Poynter, Mashable and NPR). Please let us know if you have any suggestions on how to improve: