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Terms and Conditions for leaving comments on our website

The Haslemere Herald website gives readers the opportunity to comment on content we publish.

We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks, persistent trolling and abuse will not be tolerated.

We accept criticism of the articles we publish, but will not allow misrepresentation of Haslemere Herald and our journalists to be published on our website.

While we accept that people will sometimes feel strongly about issues debated on our site, we will consider removing any content that others might find extremely offensive or threatening. Please respect other people's views and beliefs and consider your impact on others when making your contribution.

We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of hate-speech, or contributions that could be interpreted as such. Attacking people on the basis of their race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age is not acceptable.

We will remove any content that we feel is legally unsafe, including potentially libellous or defamatory postings, or material posted in potential breach of copyright.

We will remove any posts that are obviously commercial. This may also apply to people or organisations who frequently post propaganda or external links without adding substantively to the quality of the discussion on the website.

User posts will not be edited to change the meaning, spelling, or anything else intended by the user. Even if only part of a comment or posting is perceived as breaching our guidelines, the whole post may be removed. Also, when a comment or post is removed for any of the reasons listed above, it is sometimes necessary to delete subsequent messages which refer to explicitly or quote from the original (removed) comment, in order to preserve some notion of conversational thread.

Because we are ultimately responsible for everything which appears on this site, all actions and decisions taken by our moderators are final. We can't enter into correspondence regarding specific moderation activity. Users who seriously, persistently or wilfully ignore our standards, guidelines or terms and conditions will have their posting privileges withdrawn. Our moderators may contact you by e-mail in relation to your participation. Any advice they give should be adhered to.

The views expressed in community areas of this site do not reflect or represent the views of Tindle News or its staff. By registering for the Haslemere Herald website you have also agreed to our terms and conditions.

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