We've switched to Facebook Comments

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 15, 2013 

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 15, we are using Facebook Comments on our website to encourage civil conversation and to make it easier for readers to comment on stories and share them with their friends.

Here's our FAQ on the switch.

Do I need to have a Facebook account to comment?

Yes, you need to have an active Facebook account to comment.

If you don't have a Facebook account, you will be prompted to sign up for one when you try to post a comment on our website. You can also get one at Facebook.com. Once you've signed up with Facebook, you must add a profile photo and connect with at least four friends before you will be able to easily comment and share stories. Your comments may only be visible to you and your friends for the first few days after you sign up.

What if I don't want to participate in Facebook?

Only Facebook users will now be allowed to post comments on our articles. We are discontinuing the use of Disqus as a commenting option.

Will Facebook be monitoring the comments now?

No, Facebook does not moderate comments.

Are we being paid by Facebook to do this?

No.

How do I sign in through an article on your site?

After you enter your comment, when you click on "Comment," a pop-up window will appear asking you to sign in via Facebook.

If you do not see the pop-up window after you click on "Comment," make sure that you have your pop-up blocker turned off.

If you are already signed in to Facebook on your computer or device, you won't be asked to sign in again. You can simply post your comment.

Why does my Facebook profile picture and name appear on the comments page when I haven't even posted a comment?

If you're signed in at Facebook.com, your information will appear on our site, but it is not visible to anyone else until your comment is published.

Will all my comments be posted to my Facebook page so everyone can see them?

Not necessarily. When you start to write a comment, you'll be given an option to "post to Facebook," using a check box right under your comment. If you "unclick" that box, your comment will not be shown on your Facebook page.

Can other people commenting see my personal information, email, location, etc?

What other people see when they click on your name or picture on our site is determined by your Facebook privacy settings. Those settings allow you to decide how much information you want to share with your friends or others.

To adjust your Facebook privacy settings, click here.

How do I report an inappropriate or abusive comment?

Hover over the upper right corner of the comment until an "X" appears. Then click the "X" and choose one of the options to report a comment as spam or abuse. The comment will be removed from your view. Facebook tracks abuse reports and automatically bans users who are consistently abusive.

Why can't I see the story comments on your site?

Comments on this site are public, which means anyone logged in or out of Facebook should be able to view them. If you cannot see the comments, please check with your IT department. Some government agencies and other employers block Facebook domains and applications from their servers.

How do I manage my account, change privacy settings and share my comments?

You can learn about these options and more by visiting Facebook's help center.

How do I manage Facebook notifications?

You can learn how to manage Facebook notifications at this link.

Are the Terms of Use staying the same?

Yes they are, and you can find them here. To see Facebook’s terms of service, click here.

Do I need to keep an active Facebook account to post?

We look for real names, some kind of picture, and enough information on it to convince us you are a real person. Whether you do anything else with your Facebook account, other than using it to log in to our site, is entirely up to you.

Do I have to use my own photo?

No, you can pick whatever else best expresses yourself as your photo. The photo shown is the main photo on your Facebook account page.

What is a Top Commenter and how do I become one?

Facebook automatically assigns the Top Commenter badge to users whose comments are most often "liked" by others. To earn the Top Commenter badge, keep doing what you're doing: being civil and respectful, respecting other viewpoints and following the Conversation Guidelines.

What if I still have questions about the system and how to use it?

You can email us at newsroom@bellinghamherald.com and we'll help you out.

If you're having problems with your Facebook account, please visit Facebook.com/help.

Bellingham Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

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