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Abuse and personal attacks discourage people from participating on LabourList, which is something we will not tolerate. Similarly those contributors whose sole purpose is simply to attack the Labour Party will be removed. We have therefore drawn up these rules to make sure the blog is a place for vigorous and comradely debate.

Abuse is unacceptable.

Any use of bad language or prejudice based on race, faith, gender or sexuality will not be tolerated. This also includes anything which could be construed as a threat. It is also unacceptable to use labels such as “fascist” for people with whom you disagree unless there is a clear basis in fact.

Repetition and trolling

We want to have a debate with several different perspectives but will remove commentators if they appear to be “targeting” individuals for sustained and disproportionate criticism. Similarly it is not appropriate for a handful of readers to use LabourList to carry out what looks like a long-running private argument.

Usernames

Any usernames which convey vulgar messages or are clearly an attempt at impersonation will be blocked from posting comments.

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Removing comments/blocking users

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