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Guidelines & Rules

These rules keep respectable & civilized.’s members are our reporters.

By extension they are our editors too.





"Lucianne.Com News Forum is a News Salon - - NOT a Saloon"  Please, post only news articles, columns and commentary from legitimate, on-line newspapers, magazines and/or news websites. We prefer articles no older than 48 hours - - - unless an older article would serve as vital background for a current posted article.  

Personal essays (“Vanity Posts”), chain letters, parodies, songs, poems and un-attributed screeds are not permitted and will be removed. 

Articles from hate groups’ sites are not allowedFor example, sites operated by such groups as KKK, Aryan Nation, American Nazi Party, Black Panthers, JDL, Hamas, and Spotlight among any others that are anti-ethnic, anti-race, anti-religion, anti-nationality, etc. are not allowed.  Sites not allowed are automatically blocked to the best of our ability.

Anyone who has properly filled out the registration form may reply to any and all postings. However, we are not responsible for the content in any reply.  Unless the language used is objectionable or incites an extreme response, you are free to speak your mind.

Replies/comments must refer to the reference article on the page.  Replies on a thread that do not refer its posted article will be removed.  [For example, if the there is an article that addresses a particular issue then all replies must on that article thread must address that issue.] *Please see the section below "Posting Replies on Threads."

Users must obey U.S. Copyright laws. Short quotes from copyrighted articles and web sites may be used in replies, but nothing more.  It is always best to state your opinion in your own words.




Posting articles:  All copyrighted material posted MUST link to the original online source.  Posted articles should be no more than 48 hours old - - - unless an older article would serve as vital background for a current posted article

We do not have room or time for duplicate posts:  Duplicate posts will be removed.  It is best to use the Search Page first to make sure that an article has not been already posted on the site.

To avoid making a duplicate post:  First, check the front page to see if the article has been posted.  If you do not find the article on the front page then use the ‘Search’ function:  Click on the link for the Search Page  inside the Lucianne.Com logo box or at the bottom of the page.  The Search Page will scan by the article's Title, Text, Publisher (source), Author & User Name (screen name.)  Once you have determined that an article has not already been posted you may post that article.  This is necessary to insure we are all "on the same page."  We do not want there to be two threads of comments about the same article in more than one location.

Make sure that you have the correct URL addressPosters are responsible for making sure that the original URL for the article is correct.  If it should happen that you post an article with an incorrect URL and then later discover the correct URL, PLEASE, send a note AND post a reply/comment on the thread to notify staff and readers of the correct link.



Specific Rules or Guidelines for Posting



After filling out the above form, you will be shown a preview of how your post will appear.  On this "Preview Page" you will have the option to either edit your post for errors or to confirm your post for publication on the site.  If you see an error in your post, click the "Edit" button and you will be taken back to the above form so you can make any necessary corrections.  If you are satisfied with your post, click the "Submit Article" button.  You will be taken back to the Preview Page where you can click the "Confirm" button and publish your post.




Article Title (Headline): Article headline only. Post only the primary headline. Split wide headlines by typing the prompt "<BR>" with no spaces. Headline should not include writer's name or the name of the column. Do not post in all caps so be particularly careful with tabloid outlets like the New York Post or Daily News, Boston Herald where headlines often appear in all caps. They must be retyped in upper and lower case.

British tabloid traditionally cap one or two words. This is alright to post.

Author (Byline): This is for the name(s) of the writer(s)  of the article.  Post full names.  If there is more than two reporters then post the first name and make a notation with an asterisk (*), then post the names of the others with an asterisk (*) in the Comments section.  Also acceptable is the notation "[w/ ]" used in the same way as the asterisk.  Do not include named editors.

  • If no writer is named, then just post the writer's name as "Staff."

  • If the article is an editorial, then post the name as "Editorial."

Publication (Source of the Article): The source of the Article is very often NOT the website on which it is posted.  For example: you go to "" and see an article that is originally from the Associated Press, the Source/Paper should by listed as "Associated Press,"  not ""  [See "WIRE SERVICES" below]

Post the Name of the Publication in Upper and Lower case: (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.). 

Print Newspapers and Publications:  If the location of the publication is not obvious from its name (i.e.. the Tribune can be in San Diego or Chicago, among others) then post it after the publication's name in brackets, "[San Diego]," "[Chicago]," etc.  If the city is unclear, like Portland follow add the two letter abbreviation for the state, "[ME]" (Maine) or "[OR]" (Oregon), for example.  DO NOT put "the" in front of the publication's name.

Television & Radio StationUse the stations call letters and then follow that with the location of the station in brackets.  For example:  For, say, Channel 7 in New York City the Source would be "WABC-TV [New York City]" and if it is Fox 5 New York the Source would be "WNYW-TV [New York City].  Same applies for radio stations.  If the radio station is HOT 97, then the Source should be WXRK Radio (New York City).

Websites: There is no need to use the .com or .org. suffix unless it is an integral part of the site's title.   If the article is from BigJournalism.Com then the Source should be "Big Journalism."

Foreign Papers: Most British papers are national, so just use [UK].  For other countries, try to include the city with the name of the Source/Paper as '[City, Country]'

English language papers/translations:  With publications from other countries, the same rules apply.  If the name of the publication is not obvious, post the name of the city.  If the nation of the city is not obvious, post the country name or abbreviation (i.e.. FR for France, SP for Spain, IT for Italy, GER for Germany, etc in Europe; countries without commonly known abbreviations should be spelled out.)

Wire Services & secondary SOURCES:  When wire services, i.e.. Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, etc., are mentioned at the head or foot of the article (other than as a contributor) then the wire service is the Publication, regardless of where the article is found.  (i.e.. An Associated Press article posted at Fox News:  the Source would be Associated Press, not Fox News, even if you use as the URL of the article.  If the New York Post publishes an article from The Times of London, then the Source is The Times of London, even though the article was published in the New York Post.)

Intro (Text from the Article):  First sentence of the article, in full, with the dateline (i.e.. "WASHINGTON --- Congress just passed a bill . . .") must be posted at the beginning.  Do not include the date or publication (ABC, CNN, etc.).

One-sentence Intro's [text portion of a post] are not permitted and are very frustrating.  Post the article's text up to the limit:  100 words - - - this helps the readers decide whether they would like to take the time to go to the original article and it help the search engine by giving it more keywords to search. To edit (omitting text; jumping ahead to interesting portions of the text) type "[Snip]" to indicate that text was omitted.. If last sentence is not complete no "[Snip]" is required.

URL of Source:  This is the web address for the article.  This is where you originally saw the article and is where the Original Article link connects to.

Comments: This space is for your comments and notations only. Do not use it to post additional text from the article, this is important due to copyright laws!



Important Style Notes

Style for the Intro :  Do not get creative in your posts. Copyrighted material is not to be altered in any way.  Italics, bolding and ungrammatical capitalization are not permitted in the Intro.  In fact no added emphasis is allowed main posts.  The post's text must be displayed exactly as it appears in the referenced article - - - with the exception of the [snip] function.

Never compose your own headline or intro!  While the above rules are important,  these are not subject to leniency, also to comply with copyright law.  This is particularly important to comply with copyright laws

When you are finished, proofread your entire post for accuracy!!!! This will save you time in the long run and keep you in the good graces of your fellow Ldotters.

Violating rules will cause your post to be deleted;

repeated violations will lead to account being closed



Posting Replies/Comments


Stay on Topic: Replies must refer to the subject of the thread's article.  

Watch Your Language:  Foul language and ersatz foul language that people use to get around dirty word filters (i.e. @sshole, F*%#, etc.) is absolutely not tolerated.  If you can't say your piece without cursing then you have nothing worthwhile to say.  People who violate this rule will find themselves banished from the site.

"Chatting" You may respond to other replies on a thread but you must address the reply's author by Reply # and not by the poster's screen name. If you do, the idea is to respond to or add information to that reply, in relationship to the theme of that thread. It is never to engage in a conversation with others.

Don't Get Personal or Pick a Fight:  Keep the comments to the issue(s)/topic(s) at hand.  Only comment on the merits of another user's post.  If you don't agree with someone, it is what it is.  Name-calling, derision, goading, baiting and being impolite are not tolerated.  That is the way it should be.  If you can't be civil, go over to someplace else, there are plenty of other websites. 

"Screaming for Attention"  Do not post in ALL-CAPS, bold entire blocks of text or use repeating characters (i.e. " . . . about the question in the article, my answer would be 'noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.'")

"Serial Posting" Do not post the same comment on multiple threads.  Copying and pasting a comment into different threads will trigger the systems firewall protocols that guard against the 'spamming' of threads.

HTML CODE: We do not allow "hot" URL links, but URLs are allowed to be posted as long as they are on topic.  You can use bold and ital to emphasize a word or phrase or for quoted material.  You may not use bold or ital for an entire comment/reply.  That is also considered "screaming for attention" just like using all-caps.

Personal essays (“Vanity Posts” - articles written by the poster themselves), chain letters, parodies, songs, poems and un-attributed screeds are not permitted and will be removed.


Because of the sheer volume of replies/comments submitted to

the site we can not allow people to preview them




Lcom Etiquette

"Lucianne.Com News Forum Is a News Salon - - NOT a Saloon"

If you can't be civilized, find another website. is a real time site. is monitored at all times by the staff.  Should we decide that an individual poster is in repeated violation of these rules, that poster will be removed from the registry and posting privileges will be rescinded!’s registered users are our reporters.  By extension our users are the editors too.  Remember these rules to keep this site a salon and not a saloon. Don’t type anything you would not say in your mother’s living room.

This is your site and it is up to you to keep it a civilized place.  Users who do not follow these rules will be warned.  Users who continue to break the rules the user will be blocked.

Violating rules will cause your post to be deleted;

repeated violations will lead to account being closed


Registration and Accounts

  • REGISTRATION PROBLEMS Registration is open, on a space available basis. We do not accept registrations from anonymous email addresses.  You will need to register from your real email address. To access registration click on "Register" at the top of our home page.

  • PASSWORD PROBLEMS: Just go to the Forgot Password link in the navigation bar on any page of the website.  This will bring you to the page where you can request your password to be e-mailed to the e-mail address that we have on our files.  Thus, it is important that we have your current e-mail address.  To update your user-account go to the Update Profile link in the navigation bar on any page of the website.

  • USER NAME CHANGE Our system does not allow you to change your user name, however if you have a reasonable need,  send an email to:  Be sure to tell us your current user name and identify yourself with your password. Tell us what you would like your user name changed to and exactly why changing your username is necessary.  If no one else is using that name, we will make the change for you. 


If You Have Problems

  • POST DISAPPEARED: If you post something and then notice a little later that the post is no longer there it is because you posted objectionable language, used epithets, made an egregious error or a combination of these.  Replies will be deleted and replaced with an admonition from Lcom Staff.  If an article you posted disappears it is because you posted from a site that is not allowed or made serious posting errors.  In this case there will be no message from the Lcom Staff

  • WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS:  Slowly scroll down the site and check the details of the way others have posted.  If the post is still at the lower half of the page, they have done it right.  And, so can you!



IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM NOT COVERED HERE, please send an email.  Don't forget to tell us your user name and e-mail.  We almost never need your password.  If we do need your password, we will ask for it in a separate e-mail from a different address. ALSO, if you see something that you think we should know about, please, send an e-mail to with instances of bad language, questionable sites, posts improperly submitted, etc.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Lucianne Goldberg

Publisher & Editor-in Chief Media, LLC.



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Last updated: February 11, 2017

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