Commenting

Readers’ comments are an integral part of ft.com. They help to put our coverage in context and provide different perspectives. Sometimes we get story ideas from these discussions, as a comment can be a starting point for another FT piece.

Over time, we have found that some comments are more conducive to discussion than others. Above all, it is important that our site is inclusive, so we ask that you comment in a civil manner. The guidance below gives our view on what works well, lists what sort of comments are not allowed and outlines scenarios where we might intervene in a discussion.

We are grateful to those who take the time to contribute to the FT. We look forward to reading your comments.

Commenting FAQ

  • How do I comment on the FT.com site?
    • To comment, you need to be registered with FT.com. Registration is free and you can do so here. If you are already either a subscriber or a registered user then simply log in to FT.com. Then go to the story or blog post in question and add your response to the comment box.
  • What sort of comments work best on FT.com?
    • We welcome comments that are relevant to the subject at hand, constructive, concise and written in English. Our guidelines are below.
  • What are your guidelines for commenting on FT.com?
    • Keep your contributions concise.
      Ensure that your comments are relevant to the topic being discussed.
      Refrain from writing your responses in capital letters or bold.
      Don’t make personal attacks on others or write comments that are needlessly aggressive or rude.
      Don’t write comments that are abusive, or incite hatred.
      Write in English.
      Comments linking to non-English language sites may be removed in their entirety.
      Using offensive language may lead to your comment being removed.
      You must not pretend to be another known ft.com user.
      Comments advertising or linking to businesses or products or aimed primarily at promoting other websites may be removed in their entirety.
      Making personal or uncivil attacks against our writers may lead to your comment being removed. Criticism should be made in a constructive manner. We welcome criticism of our coverage but we may remove comments that are plainly unfounded or misrepresent our journalism.
      We may remove comments if they repeat points already made by the same commenter.
      Please also see section 4 ‘User Generated Content’ of our terms and conditions.
  • Can I write under a pseudonym?
    • Yes. Please fill in the pseudonym box when submitting your comment.
  • Why would I want a pseudonym?
    • It allows you to have a choice of a name to display to other readers of FT.com, rather than your real name. You do not need to create a pseudonym if you do not want one. Please note that all pseudonyms are unique and therefore your desired pseudonym may not be available. All comments made under a pseudonym can be tracked back to your FT.com account.
  • How do I change my pseudonym?
    • You can change your pseudonym at any time by clicking ‘Update your profile’ link. Please note: pseudonyms are unique and therefore your desired name may not be available. Please note that all comments made before you changed your pseudonym will be updated to reflect the new version.
  • I want to report an abusive comment on FT.com. What should I do?
    • Below each comment posted there is a link saying “Flag this comment”. You will be asked to enter two words that appear in a “Captcha” image (to prove that you are a genuine user, not a computer). The comment will then be brought to our attention.
  • Do you moderate comments on FT.com?
    • Moderators review certain comments posted on the site by users, and make their decision based on our guidelines above and our terms and conditions.
  • What changes do you make to comments?
    • We don’t edit comments. If moderated, they either left on the site, or removed.
  • What should I do if FT.com removes my comment?
    • If your comment is removed then please review our guidelines above to see what sort of comments we welcome. The FT has the right, at its sole discretion, to remove comments that contravene our guidelines and terms. Users who breach those risk being banned, at our sole discretion, from commenting on the site. The FT is under no obligation to reinstate any comments that are removed. We will not reply to enquiries about why a particular comment does not appear on the site.

Commenting FAQ for select blogs

  • Why do the comments on some blogs, such as Off Message, look different to the rest of the site?
    • The FT is working on improving the experience of writing and reading comments on our articles, and the Off Message blog is the first place where we’re trying some new things. As of April 7th, the following blogs are also using a new system for comments: Andrew Smithers, David Allen Green, Gavyn Davies, Photo Diary, Data, Martin Wolf’s Exchange, and Nick Butler.
  • What are “editor’s picks”?
    • These are comments written by readers that FT editorial staff want to mark out as being especially good. For example, this could be because the comment was thought to be insightful, well-argued, or witty.
  • What’s “recommend”?
    • FT readers can “recommend” the comments of other users. While you do have to be logged in to recommend a comment, you don’t have to be someone who comments. The total number of recommendations a comment has received is displayed to the left of the “recommend” option. If you recommend a comment by accident, simply click “unrecommend”.
  • Can I edit my comment?
    • It’s possible to edit your comment within two minutes of submitting it. After that you will not be able to edit further. While we want to give commenters the opportunity for amendments, we feel that after-the-fact edits may disrupt the flow of the conversation. If you wish to clarify an earlier point, please do so by posting another comment.
  • Can I delete my comment?
    • Yes. However, please be respectful of your fellow commenters, especially if they have engaged you in a discussion. If your comment has direct replies and you delete your comment, a message will be displayed that the comment was removed. If you delete your comment, there will be no way to retrieve it.
  • Where is the option to “report” a comment?
    • If you hover over the comment that you’d like to report, the option to “Flag” will appear. Please click on that and use the options provided to alert us to the comment.
  • Why am I asked to grant permissions for my Twitter and Facebook accounts when I want to share a comment?
    • The FT needs your permission to be able to share a comment directly to your Facebook or Twitter feed. If you would prefer not to grant these permissions, copy the permalink provided when you click “share” and go directly to Facebook or Twitter to post the link you’d like to share.