We never censor comments based on political or ideological point of view.
We only delete those comments that are abusive, off-topic, use excessive foul language, or include ad hominem attacks.
We operate under the community moderation model: We respond to community requests for moderation, but the system has tools which allow for the commenting community to moderate itself.
If you would like to be considered as a community moderator, please send us an email or a Facebook message.
There are a few scenarios in which a comment might be blocked:
1. A comment is abusive, off-topic, uses excessive foul language, or includes an ad hominem attack
2. If a commenter has previously posted comments that are abusive, off-topic, used excessive foul language, or include ad hominem attacks, a Business Vermont moderator may decide to ban the commenter’s IP address. This means the abusive commenter is banned from commenting on the site in the future, even if the later comments are not abusive. We ban IPs because the sheer volume of comments can make it too time consuming to individually delete comments written by someone with a pattern of abuse.
3. If a commenter shares a computer or IP address with someone who has written abusive comments, it could result in a comment being blocked even if the commenter has never posted anything abusive.
In general, please be respectful, thoughtful and on-topic.