Talkback Guidelines

Always thought-provoking, sometimes controversial, Independent Lens brings you documentaries, short films, and web-exclusive projects made by independent thinkers.

Talkback and tell us what you think! We want you to share your thoughts and opinions. All points of view are welcome as part of a civil dialogue.

While Independent Lens posts most user comments, we reserve the right not to publish Talkback remarks if they do not meet key guidelines.

We do not post submissions which:

  • contain profanity, obscenity, hate speech, personal attacks, libel, defamation, or harassment.
  • are blatantly sexist, racist, or otherwise insensitive towards individuals or groups on the basis of gender, ethnicity, nationality, culture, or class.
  • violate a third party's right to privacy.
  • are unsigned or "signed" by someone other than the actual author.
  • are commercial prompts or spam.
  • are clearly off-topic.
  • longer than 250 words (comments may be edited for length, but not grammar or content).
Talkback comments are posted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Please be patient, as your comment will not appear instantly. We welcome letters to the editor. With your submission, please include your email address so a response may be sent to you directly. Your email address will not be shared with anyone. Thank you for your Talkback!
Modified 9/26/13