Commenting house rules

OnTheWight welcomes your comments and feedback for each story we publish, all we ask is that you abide by these simple rules.

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OnTheWight is proud to be known across the country for the high calibre of readers’ comments. To maintain that, before you engage, please make yourself aware of our Commenting house rules (below), which all commentors must abide by in order to maintain a positive, informative conversation for all our readers.

Commenting House Rules
By placing your comment on our system you agree your comments will not:

-be libellous, defamatory, insensitive, abusive, off-topic, or use foul language;

-include ad hominem attacks including comments that celebrate the death or illness of any person, public figure or otherwise;

-name-calling or personal comments about someone’s appearance

-contain racist, sexist, homophobic and other slurs;

-discuss the personal lives of other people;

-contain solicitations and/or advertising for businesses, personal blogs, or Websites;

-be posted with the explicit intention of provoking other commentors or the staff at OnTheWight;

-contains content that may infringe the copyright or intellectual property rights of others or other applicable laws or regulations.

News OnTheWight will remove any comments that break these rules. If your comment breaks the law in any way, your contact details may be given to those you have wronged

News OnTheWight’s procedure for those breaking House Rules is to give two warnings and if the Rules are broken a third time, that person will not be permitted to comment on the platform again.

Do you moderate comments?
OnTheWight post-moderates comments. This means that comments will go up on the site immediately (we use a blacklist to automatically block comments using offensive words), and our team will only look at the comments if they have been reported to us, to see whether they abide by the Commenting house rules.

We reserve the right to remove any comments that do not comply to the Commenting house rules. Repeat offenders will be blacklisted to maintain an informative conversation for our readers.

Found an inappropriate comment?
If you’ve spotted an inappropriate or offensive comment on OnTheWight, then please email [email protected] with your name and phone contact details, the story link, the section of the comment you object to and why, and a member of the editorial team will be able to assist you.

Think your comment was wrongly removed?
If you think your comment on OnTheWight was wrongly removed, please email [email protected] and we will review your complaint. Please note that comments are deleted permanently, and that you would need to resubmit the comment.

OnTheWight reserves the right to review any of the commenting guidelines at any time.

Page edit
2.30pm 12th Aug 2020 – Procedure for commenters who break the House Rules added
1.35pm 21st Jan 2021 – Added personal comments about someone’s appearance

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