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Accusations, againPosted Friday, October 16, 2009, at 1:16 PM
Both I and Brian Mosely have tried to address this in recent blog posts, but some people still appear not to understand it.
Until and unless someone is charged with something, or someone is willing to go on the record for a news story, an accusation against someone is a rumor. We will not publish rumors, nor will we allow our commenters to do so. Flinging around undocumented allegations puts us -- and, I might add, our commenters -- at legal risk.
We are willing to research and report on any legitimate story, and we invite those with information on any topic to contact the T-G newsroom. Good journalism takes time, and a responsible journalist would rather have a factual story a week from now than a rushed-up story today.
But if there's nothing in writing, and no one will go on the record, it's not a story. It's a rumor, and we will delete it from the comment forums.
When we delete comments, we delete them for a reason. Re-posting material that you know we consider in violation of our Terms of Service will be considered a willful, intentional violation and will result in the termination of your user account.
Some of our users who don't seem to grasp this point continue to post about stories they think we ought to be covering. Any such posts mentioning specific people -- even in the context of asking, "What happened to my post about Joe Smith?" will be deleted, and willful offenders will be banned.
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