As regular readers of Inside USC know, this site receives hundreds of comments per day, and many of those comments are in violation of the stated Comments Policy.
Here is that policy, which appears on every Inside USC entry:
We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. Although we do not pre-screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions.
If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. Or, contact our editors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have had a single post deleted, you probably have nothing to worry about. If you’ve had 10 posts deleted, you have something to think about. If we have deleted hundreds of your comments for violating the policy, you will very likely be banned from commenting on the blog in the near future.
It’s nice if blog comments are on topic. We may occasionally remove a comment that has nothing to do with USC sports or the blog post on which it appears. That won’t get you banned.
It’s not nice if blog comments use inappropriate language and/or attack and abuse others. Those comments will be deleted. And users who make these kinds of comments are subject to being banned. Responding to an attack with an inappropriate/abusive comment is no defense.
The bottom line: Having your comments regularly deleted serves as a warning that you will likely be banned.