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Comment Policy and Guidelines

Last updated: 6th July, 2021

By posting a comment on any page of This Is Anfield, you agree to the following:

  • You are responsible for the comment, and it’s contents. This Is Anfield, the editors or site writers accept no responsibility or liability for the content of user-submitted information.
  • Comments published on This Is Anfield are not the views of This Is Anfield, our editors or writers.

Your comments on This Is Anfield will be automatically held for moderation if they contain any of the following:

  • Text Talk; the use of ‘gr8’, ‘r’, ‘m8’ and other such illiteracies.
  • Text Acronyms; the use of ‘lol’ and other similar “language”.
  • Swearing; it’s not big, it’s not clever, and usually not needed.
  • Links to other websites.

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Comments on articles should be relevant to the article which is being commented on. Random chat about other topics will be removed and you may be banned from commenting in future.


Comment Moderation and Removal

We’ve established these guidelines to protect you and This Is Anfield from legal and editorial risks. These are intended as a guide to how you should behave and post on Breach of these terms of use will result in the removal of your messages. Repeated breaches will result in the restriction of your IP address from This Is Anfield.

Posting personal or offensive comments about individual commenters or writers may be considered harassment. We reserve the right to remove such messages and take action against those responsible.

We reserve the right to remove messages which:

Advertise a product

Advertising or promoting products or websites is not allowed on our comments. This may include links to:

– Personal websites or forums
– Surveys and questionnaires
– Commercial websites or auction sites that mainly exist to sell products

Risk breaching copyright law

Copyright law exists to stop someone from taking another person’s work and passing it off as their own. It applies to the internet in the same way as it does to TV, books and the press. Breaking copyright law can result in being taken to court.

Please do not post large chunks of text copied from other sources as this may be an infringement of copyright. Short quotes to illustrate a point may be permissible, although this is at our discretion.

If you wish to refer to external sources of information, it’s better to include a link to an appropriate external website. However, make sure that all external links included in postings meet our editorial guidelines for external links.

Are not in English

Contributions which are not in English are not allowed, this is because we have to ensure comments can be checked and to ensure that all readers of the blogs understand the comment.

In addition to this, postings with heavy text speak or unintelligible language such as codes are also not allowed as this may disrupt the natural flow of conversation.

Risk breaking UK law

Contributing material to the community with the intention to commit a crime, break the law, or condone or encourage unlawful activity is prohibited.

In addition we may remove posts which we consider could endanger other users – for example, offering medical and health advice, or encouraging drug or alcohol abuse or self-harm.

Contain potentially defamatory statements

Defamation laws exist to protect individuals or organisations from unwarranted, mistaken or untruthful attacks on their reputation. Posting a defamatory statement on a blog is the same as publishing it in a newspaper or magazine and can result in a court case if a formal complaint is made.

To avoid breaking defamation laws in your comments, please ensure that you verify the information in your posting, especially when presenting negative statements as facts. Also avoid jumping to conclusions, exaggerating or making subtle implications. Remember that adding the word ‘allegedly’ to a statement does not stop it being defamation.

Are abusive or disruptive

Abusive or disruptive behaviour is not allowed on this website. This includes:

– Using swear words (including abbreviations or alternative spellings) or other language likely to offend.
– Harassing, threatening or causing distress or inconvenience to any person or people.
– Flaming: This means posting something that’s angry and mean-spirited.
– Trolling: This means saying deliberately provocative things just to stir up trouble.
– Infringing the rights of, restrict or inhibit anyone else’s use and enjoyment of
– Attempting to impersonate somebody
– Using multiple accounts to disrupt boards, annoy users, or to avoid pre-moderation.
– Bumping or creating duplicate threads, posting in such a way as to cause technical errors, or any other attempts to disrupt the normal flow of conversation.
– Users who seriously or repeatedly demonstrate such behaviour may have their accounts pre-moderated or permanently restricted and will not be allowed to return.

Are offensive

Comments that contain offensive content are not allowed. Racist, sexist, homophobic, disablist, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable material will be removed and if extreme will result in immediate and permanent restriction of your account.

Are off-topic

Comments that are unrelated to the subject of the blog entry to which you are contributing are considered ‘off-topic’.

Please do not contribute off-topic material in subject-specific blogs, except where a blog has designated open post. If your comment has been removed for being off-topic, you may be able to resubmit your comment in a more relevant topic area.


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We encourage users to thoroughly read this comments policy, use the tools available on Disqus, or reach out to Disqus’ support, to resolve issues before contacting us.

You can contact This Is Anfield with general feedback about the comments feature using the following email address. Due to the large volume of emails we receive, emails containing queries that have been answered in this comment policy, in Disqus’ support, or that relate to specific comments or users may not receive a response. Email: [email protected]

First published: 23rd June, 2013