Comment Policy

We provide this space as a venue for news, features, sports, commentary, and other informative content from local, regional, national and international sources. The Kingsport Times-News values visitor participation, but guest activity must conform to daily newspaper standards.

Comments should be thoughtful and must be civil and coherent. Personal attacks, threats, obscenity, vulgarity, expletives and profanity (including the use of abbreviations and special characters) will be disallowed.

"SHOUTING" in capital letters will be disallowed. With the exception of standard abbreviations and acronyms, posts predominantly or excessively in all caps are not permitted, even for emphasis.

Argumentative, quarrelsome personal exchanges between guests is not permitted. Repetitive comments may be deleted. Comments must be germane to the topic at hand. Threads that digress into off-topic discussions may be removed.

Visitors are not permitted to post commercial promotions. Impersonations or other fraudulent activity will not be tolerated. Comments are subject to the same rules of libel as all other published material and are the sole responsibility of those posting.

Opinions and criticism regarding the newspaper's work must be constructive and not abusive. Personal attacks against the staff will not be permitted. Any criticism should relate specifically to the article in question. We will not allow comments to digress into discussions of policies, including references to comment removal, and blanket gripes.

Posts questioning whether an article is "news" or relevant to local audiences will be disallowed. If we post it, obviously we consider it to have value.

We will not review, discuss or debate removal decisions with guests, and all decisions are final.