New way to comment on StarNet begins June 18

New way to comment on StarNet begins June 18

Starting June 18, you will notice a change to reader comments on StarNet. 

We will begin using Facebook’s commenting system on our stories and blogs.

Our main goals are to create a more courteous environment for discussion and to give readers an easier way to share Star content with friends. Facebook takes away the anonymity by requiring that account holders use their real name.

Our switch means readers must have a Facebook account to post in comment threads. If you’re already on Facebook, you’ll simply use that as your login to StarNet.

This blog has the new commenting format so you can leave a comment and see what it looks like. 

Facebook Comments FAQs

The Arizona Daily Star is using Facebook commentings to improve the environment for conversation and to make it easy to comment on stories and share them with your friends.

Q: Do I need to have a Facebook account to comment?

A: Yes. To add a comment, you’ll need to log in at Facebook. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can get one at Signing up for an account is quick, easy and free. Once you’ve signed up with Facebook, added a profile photo, and connected with a few friends, you will be able to easily comment and share stories. Your comments may only be visible to you and your friends for the first few days after you sign up.

Q: Can I leave a comment if I don't have a Facebook account?

A: You will not be able to post a public comment on the site. You can contact the reporter on most articles by clicking on his or her email address at the end of the story, if you’re interested in sharing your feedback with them.

Q: Do I need to register for an account on StarNet to comment?

A: No. All you need is a Facebook account to comment on articles published on StarNet.

Q: Will my friends on Facebook see my comments?

A: When you submit a comment, it will also appear on Facebook if you leave the “Post my comment to my Facebook profile” box checked. If you do not want your friends to see your comments, uncheck that box.

Q: Why does my Facebook profile picture and name appear on the comments page when I haven’t posted a comment?

A: If you’re signed in at Facebook, your information will appear, but it is not visible to anyone else until your comment is published.

Q: Will people be able to view my Facebook profile if I post a comment?

A: What others see when they click on your name or picture on our site is determined by your Facebook privacy settings. Those settings allow you to decide how much information you want to share with your friends or others. You can adjust your Facebook privacy settings as desired. 

Q: How do I report an inappropriate or abusive comment?

A: Click the “X” in the upper right corner of the comment box. Choose one of the options to report a comment as spam or abuse. The comment will be removed from your view. Facebook tracks abuse reports and automatically bans users who are consistently abusive based on its terms of use.  Additionally, StarNet moderators review comments periodically and have the option to ban users if necessary.

Q: What is a Top Commenter and how do I become one?

A: Facebook automatically assigns The Top Commenter badge to users whose comments are most often “Liked” by others. To earn the Top Commenter badge, keep doing what you’re doing: being civil and respectful, respecting other viewpoints and following our guidelines.

Q: Do StarNet’s commenting guidelines still apply? 

A: Yes, StarNet’s commenting guidelines still apply. You make a difference in the community when you add civil and respectful contributions to the conversation and report abusive comments and behaviors. If you see a violation of StarNet’s commenting guidelines report it to Facebook, by clicking on the “X” in the upper right of the comment in question and marking it as spam or abuse.

Q: Why can’t I see the comments?

A: Comments on this site are public, which means anyone logged in or out of Facebook should be able to view them. If you cannot see the comments, please check with your IT department. Some government agencies and other employers block Facebook domains and applications from their servers.

Q: What if my question wasn't answered here?

A: If you’re having problems with your Facebook account, please visit Facebook help.


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