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Winnipeg Free Press Comments Terms & Conditions

The Winnipeg Free Press allows readers to comment on most news articles, columns and blogs. This feature gives readers the chance to respond to our stories and engage in dialogue with others in the community about stories that matter to you.

Join the discussion of what is happening in our community, across the country and around the world. But before you do so, please review the rules and terms below. By submitting your comments, you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I comment?

On any article, look for a link like this: Comments (0)

The number in the brackets is the number of comments so far. Click on that link to see the discussion. If the bracketed number is 0, then you can grab the top spot!

You must register and login before commenting. Links allowing you to do so are at the bottom of each article. After logging in, a Pluck Comment Form will appear at the bottom of every story that is accepting comments.

What are the rules for commenting? 


I find a comment offensive. What should I do?

We encourage all readers to share their opinions and challenge the views of our writers and others by commenting on our stories. If you disagree with a comment, consider posting your own comment to share your perspective.

You can also share your opinion on comments by voting for or against them using the "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" icons on each comment. 

If you find a comment that is racist, abusive, offensive, or otherwise doesn't meet the standards outlined on this page, click on "Report abuse" in the menu inside the comment to alert our moderators to it. Moderators will review your report and the comment, and determine if it should stay or be removed.

Our third-party moderation company  handles all abuse reports and they are mandated to deal with reported comments within three hours, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you reported a comment and it remains on the site after three hours, our moderators have determined it meets our guidelines.

Do not report comments you disagree with.  Report only comments that do not meet the standards outlined on this page.

My comment was removed. Why?

As per our Terms and Conditions, the Free Press reserves the right to edit or remove any comment at any time for any reason. 

If your comment included a web link, it might move to a pre-moderation queue to ensure it is not spam.

If you think your comment was removed in error, please remember that at least two people interpreted it as offensive: the reader who reported it, and the moderator who removed it. Try rewording your comment so your true meaning is more clear and submitting it again.

Why aren’t comments accepted on certain stories?

The Winnipeg Free Press can turn off the ability to comment on stories and articles at our discretion.

Comments are often turned off on stories involving children, active court cases, when publication bans are in effect, and in situations where a large number of offensive comments has been received.

Out of respect for the families of the deceased, we may turn comments off on stories about fatal accidents, homicides and missing persons.


Winnipeg Free Press Comment Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to commenting everywhere on our site. By participating you are agreeing to abide by them. A breach of these terms could result in immediate and permanent suspension from future participation.