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Frequently Asked Questions about Comments

What comments are you looking for?

We want to hear and share your perspective. We want to be a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to talk about our films and relevant topics. Your submissions to our site help us encourage dialogue, social debate and the democratic engagement of Canadian and international publics.

Why do you moderate readers’ comments?

All comments to the blog are pre-moderated. This means we read them before they are published to make sure they adhere to our guidelines.

Moderating comments is the best way to enhance the quality of the site so that it’s accessible to everyone.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make these decisions as carefully and consistently as we can.

How do I comment?

Simply fill out the comment form found at the end of the post you are responding to. Your comments will then be sent to us. Once your comment is approved, we will post it on the site.

What isn’t acceptable?

The following won’t make the cut: personal attacks and defamatory statements, racist, sexist language, obscenity, profanity, illegally obtained information, invasion of privacy, commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, off-topic comments and posts in all CAPS (i.e., SHOUTING).

Do you edit comments?

No. Comments are either approved or not.

When and where will my comment be displayed?

Comments are posted during business hours. We reserve the right to display comments in a variety of ways, including within the text of articles or in promotional materials.

How will you use my comments?

Please note that by submitting your comments you acknowledge that the National Film Board has the right to reproduce, broadcast, distribute and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. You are granting us the non-exclusive and unrestricted right to use your content royalty-free.

What about including personal information in comments?

The name you enter in the comment form will appear with your entry.  While we encourage readers to use their names to carry on engaging, respectful conversations on the blog, it is your decision whether or not you use your real name.

However, we do ask that you don’t include personal information in comments, such as phone numbers, home and e-mail addresses.

Please keep in mind that once your comment is published, it may be found in search results on sites like Google and Yahoo.

More information

The above provides a summary of the guidelines. For more details, read the NFB’s Submission conditions.