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Policies on Comments and Linking

Comments Policy

To maintain a respectful dialogue, we've posted the guidelines of our comment policy below. In short:

  • Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain relevant to the topics under discussion.
  • Be respectful. Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited. Instigating arguments in a disrespectful way is also prohibited.
  • Tell the truth. Spreading misleading or false information is prohibited.
  • No spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in a counter-productive manner is prohibited — this includes posts aggressively promoting services or products.

We retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to remove and/or not allow comments to get posted. The views expressed within posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the federal government, or our partners.

We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources (i.e. - your tax dollars), moderating and posting comments should only be expected to occur during regular business hours.

Reporters are asked to send questions to ASPR Public Affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted nor answered.

Thank you for taking the time to review our comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

Linking Policy and Disclaimer of Endorsement

This material may include useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and persons. We provide these links and pointers solely for our users' information and convenience. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of HHS, the United States Government, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying HHS endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving the PublicHealthEmergency.gov domain and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.

HHS does not control nor guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on an externally linked website.

HHS and this blog do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

HHS cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website. Those who provide comments are responsible for the copyright of the text they provide.

HHS is not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.

HHS does not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

For more information on HHS disclaimers, visit the HHS Web Site Disclaimers page.

        • This page last reviewed: January 19, 2012