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  • What is a blog

    Blog - a shortened form of weblog (web log). It is a 'log' of someone's thoughts and opinions. They have in the past mostly been text based but increasingly they display pictures, video and sound.

    Entries - Also called 'blog posts' or 'posts', they are written in a more conversational tone than normal articles. Entries are sometimes time stamped at odd hours because bloggers often post when they are out and about, travelling, or even at night - in short, when they have something relevant to say, they make an entry.

    Blogs are dynamic and change regularly. They may have new entries posted many times a day or only once a week. They also encourage readers to link to them, share their links with friends and comment on entries.

  • Can I post comments?

    Yes. When you click on a blog entry, you will find comments below the entry. You must sign in or create a BBC iD to be able to post your own comments.

    We may occasionally remove comments if they break the BBC's House Rules

    What should I put in my comments?

    Your comment may be an insight, opinion, idea or feedback that is relevant to the entry. Keeping your comments short will increase the chances that other users will read them.

  • Why has my comment disappeared?

    It is likely that your comment has broken one of our House Rules. Please write another post that is acceptable. If you would like to query this decision please follow the appeals process.

    If you see a comment that you think is inappropriate or breaks the House Rules, please alert us by using the "complain about this post" link so the moderation team can make a decision about it.

  • Why are some blog entries closed to comments?

    All blog entries are automatically closed after a period of time to help reduce spamming and off topic discussion. The default duration that entries are open to comments varies from blog to blog.

    Some entries may also be closed early for example if the debate has changed, run its natural course, or is no longer topical.

    In very rare cases an entry may never be opened to comments. For example if a story is so sensitive that commenting would put users or the BBC at risk.

    The length of time entries are open to comments can likewise be extended, for example if the debate remains topical for an unusually long time.

  • Why can't I post comments?

    Have you turned off cookies?

    In response to changes in the regulations about cookies changes have been made to make it easier for you to manage the cookies we use as described in this BBC Internet Blog entry.

    If you have switched off cookies you will receive an error message when you try to post a comment on a BBC blog or web page. You can manage your cookies via the cookie settings page.

    More information about cookies can be found in the BBC Privacy pages.

  • What are Editors' picks?

    On some pages you will notice a tab for Editors' picks. Editors' picks are a selection of comments submitted which are well-expressed and add new perspective or insight but generally reflect the balance of opinion we receive. The selection might be updated as more comments are received. To read all comments on the page click the All Comments tab.

  • What are RSS feeds?

    Feeds let you subscribe to the blogs that you like so you know when they are updated. There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but the majority plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. Have a look at Feed Factory for an introduction to the RSS feeds that are available from bbc.co.uk and how to use them.

  • Want to ask something?

    Comments: The BBC welcomes feedback, both positive and negative, about our programmes and services. You can comment on any blog entry.

    Moderation: If you are unhappy with the way a comment has been moderated, use this feedback form.

    Enquiries: For queries specific to an individual blog you may contact the individual blog at the individual blog contact address.

    Comments on BBC online: If you have a comment about anything the BBC does online, the BBC's online and technology teams post regularly on the BBC internet blog about BBC Online, BBC iPlayer, and the BBC's digital and mobile services. BBC Internet blog posts are normally open to comment for three months. If your question or comment is off topic for the current subjects covered the hosts write occasional 'open posts' on which you can leave a comments.

    Complaints: To complain about a comment by another user, use the 'complain about this post' button.

    To complain about content on BBC blogs, please visit the BBC Complaints website. The BBC takes complaints about anything that breaks our Editorial Guidelines very seriously, this includes issues such as...

  • What does the BBC do with my email address and other information?

    To find out more about this, please read our privacy policy.

    Please note you must have ongoing access to a valid email address. Moderation notifications and directions to appeal are sent via email and you will need a valid email address if requesting a password reset. If it comes to our attention that the email address your BBC iD is registered to is no longer valid we may restrict your ability to comment. You can change the email address your BBC iD is registered to via Settings. For help please visit Managing Your BBC iD. If you think your BBC iD has been restricted for this reason please Contact Us.

  • Why do some BBC blogs and other pages show content from Twitter?

    We have recently introduced a Twitter module. It provides a snapshot of conversation and trends around events, topics or personalities which can be read without leaving the BBC website. It also enables you to continue your journey by following events, topics and personalities you are interested in via Twitter.

    What is Twitter? Twitter is a microblogging service. Users make short updates called Tweets. They are 140 characters or less.

    Who are they from? So far the few sites beginning to use the module are reflecting tweets by 'notable' users, for example BBC staff, presenters, guests and other contributors. In the future, sites may include tweets from a wider range of people too.

    How are they selected? Tweets from 'notable' users are included automatically. Tweets from other users are selected by BBC editorial staff and chosen for interest, relevance or because they catch the eye. It is not possible to read all tweets ever posted on a topic and so the selection reflects a sample of activity.

    Why is the BBC giving such prominence to a commercial company? We know that licence fee payers use Twitter to a far greater extent than any other comparable microblogging services. They have shown that they enjoy receiving messages, and responding to them, in this way. If the BBC is to remain relevant to its users we need to engage with the new forms of media that they choose. We also use a wide range of other social media services, some of which can be accessed on most of our pages via the Sharetools feature.

    I have seen some content which I believe should be removed. Tweets are curated by BBC editorial staff and they are not moderated in the same way as BBC blog comments, for example. So it is not possible to report them via the BBC. However you can follow the link through to Twitter to report a tweet, if you consider that it breaks the Twitter terms of service or the Twitter rules.

    I have a complaint about the editorial selection. Please follow the 'Contact Us' link on the page in which the module is embedded and report your concerns via this channel.

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