We are testing a new article commenting system in an effort to improve the quality of the discussion experience. To comment on an article, you must log in to Facebook or one of its registration partners: AOL, Yahoo and Hotmail. You then can choose to share the comment with your friends.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Do I need to have a Facebook account to comment on articles?

A. You may use Facebook or an AOL, Yahoo or Hotmail account to comment directly on any article.

Q. Do I need to have a Facebook account to read comments on articles?

A. No, you can read any article comments at the bottom of the story on which they appear, even if you are not logged in to Facebook or another login service.

Q. Will my friends on Facebook see my article comments?

A. Yes, if you leave the box check-marked that says "Post my comment to my Facebook profile" next to the "Post" button.

Q. Will people be able to click on my Facebook profile from my article comment?

A. Yes, but what they see 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.

Q. Why do I see my Facebook ID and photo on the bottom of an article when I haven't posted a comment?

A. The article commenting social plugin adds a bit of Facebook to the bottom of each story.


If you are already logged in to your Facebook account on another browser tab or window, or through persistent login (Facebook's "Remember me" box is checked) you will see your Facebook ID and photo along with the empty commenting box. Your Facebook ID and photo are not visible to other readers unless you choose to post a comment.

Q. Do you only want positive comments?

A. We want to encourage discussion about topics in stories. Please be civil. Comments that use foul, derogatory, racist or violent language may be removed.

Q. Why did you make the switch to Facebook commenting?

A. Commenting tends to be more robust and useful when commenters are easily identifiable.

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