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Blog comment and moderation guidelines

Comment policy

When posting comments, please observe our site participation guidelines:

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Moderation policy

Blog comments are pre-moderated to check they comply with the Public Policy Design blog participation guidelines above. If comments don’t comply they will not be published.

Here is a brief outline of how we evaluate comments.

Is this comment on topic, does it add value to the discussion and can we answer publicly? If so, post a timely response within 2 working days.

Is this person asking for information or detail relating to another government channel, for example is it a GOV.UK content query? If so, we'll pass the query on and ensure it is dealt with as quickly as possible. We will update the user on progress.

Is this comment a rant at government venting frustration or anger? If so, STOP, monitor and discuss with the Public Policy Design blog editorial team first, referring to the participation guidelines.

Editorial policy

Editorial decisions about posts published on this blog are taken by the Public Policy Design blog editorial team. The editorial team comprises representatives from the policy design community of practice from several government organisations.

The editorial team will approve all posts for publication on the blog. Where content reports the personal or professional opinion of an individual, then further publication approval is not required. Where content reports the specific work of an organisation, then the writer should seek additional approval by that organisation, if appropriate.

To be approved, posts: should be on topic (public policy design); should positively contribute to thinking on the topic; should not critique ministerial priorities, decisions or policy of the current government; should not pre-empt official policy announcements (unless this is the express intention); focus on perspective of citizens and outcomes where possible.

Posts by academics on this blog

Academics who post on this blog are subject to the same editorial policy as officials, plus they will respect all confidentiality requirements of the government teams that they write about. The views expressed in posts authored by academics are their own, and not the views of the UK’s government or its Policy Design Community.