Our policy on comments on our articles is very clear.
It is not our intent to offer comments on crime or fatality stories.
It’s so clear that our users who regularly comment remind us of the policy if an article slips through the cracks. They know the policy as well as we do.
But sometimes, stories become bigger than a policy. Sometimes, the need to have a conversation exceeds the well-intentioned rule.
The Pharmacy Shooting story is the perfect example.
We were discussing the option of opening up the comments on this story yesterday. In the end, we launched a poll to allow users to weigh in on the subject.
Today, after seeing the interest continue to grow and the debate turning into a discussion about issues deeper than this one case, we knew we had to open a forum to let the voices of our audience be heard on this issue.
We want you to share your thoughts on this story. We know you have an opinion. It’s impossible not to have a unique viewpoint on this story.
But keep in mind the words of our Digital News Editor, Robb Hibbard, who wrote the intro to our commenting page for the pharmacy shooting:
Please note that commenters are expected to stay on topic and forward the conversation.
Simply put, we want this to be a place of intelligent discussion – not a place of threats and name-calling.