Comments policy

Moderation approach
Participants who seriously, persistently or wilfully ignore the 10 community standards and participation guidelines will have their posting privileges withdrawn.

This is not an action that we take lightly or arbitrarily. However, we are aiming to create and maintain an online experience consistent with the Elcano Royal Institute’s values, and we reserve the right to make decisions which we feel support that.

Please be aware that moderators may contact you by email in relation to your participation, especially where an issue comes up in relation to these community standards. Any advice they give/request should be adhered to, as our moderators are employed to enforce these community standards and create a constructive environment for everyone who contributes to our site. Please let us know if you have any suggestions, questions and/or comments to improve the Elcano Blog.

We will, when necessary, remove user postings or comments from our blog posts.
We will not edit user posts to change the meaning, spelling, or anything else intended by the user. Even if only part of a comment or posting is perceived to breach the community guidelines, the entire thing may be removed. Also, when a comment or post is removed for any of the reasons above, it is sometimes necessary to delete subsequent messages which refer to explicitly or quote from the original (removed) comment, in order to preserve some notion of conversational thread. This may also happen because a later comment quotes directly the problematic bits of the original comment, which just perpetuates the problem. In such cases not every deletion will be marked individually.

If a contribution or comments to the Elcano Blog are perceived to breach the community standards, then it will be removed by the community team, in the interests of keeping it appropriate for the vast majority of the people who visit.

We reserve the right to take steps or implement measures which we hope will benefit the community of the Elcano Blog participants.
Because the Elcano Royal Institute, its authors and bloggers are ultimately responsible for everything which appears on this blog, all actions and decisions taken by our moderators are final. The huge and growing quantity of user content both on the Elcano’s website and Blog means that we can not enter into correspondence regarding specific moderation activity, although all correspondence will be read.

If you have suggestions or questions about any aspect of community participation on the Elcano Blog, please contact us.

About this document
This is a collaborative document created and reviewed by the Elcano’s editorial team including moderators, editors, authors and the Steering Committee. It will be reviewed regularly, incorporating feedback from users and content creators across the blog.