In August 2014, the Vanguard Editorial Board adopted Guidelines to Govern Commenters. (see http://www.davisvanguard.org/about-us/comment-policy/). All the provisions of that Guidelines policy continue in effect, as amended by the December 2016 action by the Vanguard Editorial Board updating the comment policy to limit anonymous posters.
The default policy of the Vanguard is that posters must log in and post using their own name through a Facebook login. Posters who do not wish to use Facebook can petition the Vanguard (through info(at)davisvanguard(dot)org) to login using their real life first and last names through a Facebook alternative provided by the Vanguard’s WordPress system.
The Vanguard recognizes that some posters have legitimate reasons to request anonymity in their postings, because of the potential for direct financial and/or employment reprisals; therefore the Vanguard has retained a system by which posters can mitigate the chances of such reprisals. Posters who believe they have a compelling reason to expect direct financial and/or employment reprisals, as a result of their comments on the Vanguard, can petition for the use of an alternative screen name other than their real life first and last names. All requests for an alternative screen name should be submitted in writing and provide the following:
- Full Name (First Name, any Middle Names, Last Name, Suffix)
- A valid email address
- A valid phone number
- A description of the direct financial and/or employment reprisals they believe will result from posting using their real name
When the Vanguard approves an alternative screen name request, it will assign the alternative screen name in the format of First Name, Last Initial or the format of First Initial, Last Name. If those two standard combinations are too obvious (for example B Obama and Barack O), the Vanguard will add the submitted Middle Name and Suffix to the screen name assignment process. The Vanguard will not allow self-assigned screen names. All alternative screen name requests that were approved between December 23 and February 19 will be honored/grandfathered. To achieve a 100% consistent handling of all Vanguard posters, the Vanguard asks all grandfathered posters to voluntarily adjust their screen name to comply with above-described alternative screen name format.
Don Shor, the site moderator will remove all posted comments from non-approved screen names immediately and contact the poster at their registered email address to notify them of the screen name violation.
In addition to all the Guidelines to Govern Commenters, which apply to all posters, anyone posting under an alternative screen name will have a higher standard for their posts.
Posts that meet this higher standard for removal are:
- Personal attacks of other posters from behind the protection of anonymity
- Use of condescending or derogatory language
- Utilizing anonymity to question the integrity of other posters without providing a linked authority source for the standard they are using to question the integrity of the other poster.
REPEATED VIOLATION OF THE REMOVAL STANDARDS MAY AND WILL RESULT IN TERMINATION OF ALTERNATIVE SCREEN NAME PRIVILEGES. If privileges of an alternative screen name are terminated, the poster may reapply to the Vanguard. In the case of such a reapplication, all grandfathering will cease, and the Vanguard screen name assignment process described herein will apply to any subsequent alternative screen name assignment.
The primary intent of these guidelines is to ensure an inclusive, civil tone that will encourage greater participation in the community dialogue fostered by The Vanguard. The Editorial Board seeks to ensure that all readers of the Vanguard are respected and comfortable sharing their views. The Editorial Board recognizes that some limitations on comments may help to limit the extent to which anyone is discouraged from engaging in dialogue based on the comments of others.