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Information about Disqus Comment Tool
VOL made changes to the way readers can post comments to the end of news articles on the website. This change means that readers can use their existing Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ accounts to post and need not register for an additional account on This new comment system is better integrated into the social media networks, has better spam prevention and is used by most of the major news sites and blogs on the Internet.

To post to a news article, follow these three easy steps. (1) type your comments into the text box; (2) click the button to select a login (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus). If you are already logged into one of these sites, you will not be required to enter your password. (3) Click the the post button.

If you see a comment that you'd like to reply to, simply begin by clicking the grey "Reply" link below that particular post or comment. Clicking "Reply" will open a text box where you can enter your comment.

A common question that readers ask is: "It appears that you've limited the way readers comment on the VOL site to social media venues. Since I don't belong to any of these, I guess there is no way to comment, is that correct?

This is incorrect. If you do not wish to use Facebook, Twitter, or Gmail, choose the "D" button and create a account. Disqus accounts are only for comments on VOL and other sites that use Disqus in a similar fashion.

We hope that everyone will enjoy using this new commenting system. To see other websites around the globe that are using Disqus, please visit this link:
Why was my comment deleted?
Let's be clear folks about the nature of comments on VOL.

1. Public comments below articles posted on this site are not going to change the nature of the universe. We value the discussion, but occasionally entire threads will be deleted for no published reason. Just move on.

2. Those that moderate VOL comments have rarely been able to keep up with the volume of postings. We do our best, but our time is extremely limited.

3. This never has, nor ever will, be an issue of free speech. Free Speech means you can stand in the public square and voice your opinion. VOL is not the public square. We invite the public to join the discussion, but these discussions may be closed or deleted by VOL staff for any reason. This is the nature of maintaining a site like VOL that gets millions of hits every year.

4. is a better solution than what we have had for the last several years, but it is not perfect. I'm still trying to find the right balance. I can shutdown guest comments, but then I have to moderate those comments which takes more time and has the downside of reducing the conversation activity. I change the dials on the computer based upon current activity. What I've noticed about trolls is that they come and go. Some stay longer than we like, but eventually they leave and go spread their dung in other fields.

4. When I find any discussion has gotten so tainted by ad homenium and personal attacks, I often just delete the entire thread. This is for my convenience. If you're not guilty, don't take it personally. Your comments are valuable, but like I've said for many years...they are not likely to change the world or convert someone you've never met for coffee. If they happen to get deleted, it's not a time for mourning.

I hope this helps.

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Why do I not receive the VOL Digest via email?
We are sorry that you are having trouble receiving the digest.
Unfortunately, this is not always an easy problem to solve. There are
several reasons for this, but the bottom line is that public Internet
email delivery is an inexact science due to the number and variety of
networks, servers, and companies involved in the sending and receiving
of email.

VOL can suggest three courses of action.

1) Check with your ISP to ensure that they are not blocking email from
the domain. We've worked hard to ensure that
our broadcast messages are properly formatted and compliant, but
sometimes ISP's get overzelous with their spam controls.

2) Signup for a free email account at Google, Yahoo or AOL. VOL monitors delivery to the big 3 each week and our members seldom have delivery problems to email accounts here.

3) Check the website weekly. The VOL Digest usually goes out on Friday
afternoon/evening. From, click on Weekly Digests
in the Main Menu (left column). This link will take you to a Google
Group page where all the digests are archived.

The eMail Digest is to wide to read
The NetZero and Juno webmail clients (and some other mail readers) do not wrap the text to fit within the standard window. At the moment, there is no fix for this problem. In the future, the software that VOL uses to send out the weekly digest will truncate each line to 72 columns, but that fix is some a future enhancement.

In the meantime, we have three suggestions.

(1) Register for a free eMail account at Yahoo!, AOL, or Google. Each of these email services have been tested with VOL and their webmail clients will display the text in a readable page format

(2) Visit the VOL website each week and print / read the digest from the website. Each week, following the distribution of the digest via email, we post the entire text of each issue on the website in printable format. The link to the digests is:

(3) At the top of each digest is a Table of Contents with links to each story on the VOL website. Use this TOC to read each article seperately.

We apologize for any inconvenience this format may present to our readers.
TERMS OF SERVICE: Forum & Comments
We've always welcomed, and often learned from, comments by people who disagree with us. We do not welcome motives-bashing and shaming techniques. We have allowed some aggressive comments to stand in the past, but as we grow in readership we feel a greater need to protect a spirit of civility in this space.

As of February 19, 2007, this is what we expect from our readers who leave comments here:

1. Engage the issues and the subject matter the article or post. NO flames. Courteous discourse only.

2. Provide a valid email address or a working URL in the profile of your user account. If you're unwilling to do this, we do not owe you a forum.

3. Provide your real name. If all you have to offer is a nom de plume, we're not interested.

4. Do not engage in ad hominem arguments. We will delete such comments punctually, and will not respond to complaints (whether public or private) about the deletions.

6. No foul language. No foul pictures. No advertising. Do Not insult Anglicans who are different than you. Theological debates are fine but throwing insults is prohibited.

7. VOL takes a very dim view of people who post in order to bait the readers. Inflammatory posts will be taken down.

8. VOL has many thousands of readers every day. Words do matter and VOL reserves the right to delete posts which do not meet the terms of service.

9. VOL is not legally responsible for poster's content. VOL Members must keep posts to a reasonable length. Posts should be no more than a few paragraphs in length. Longer articles should be referred to via hyperlinks.

10. People who have a complaint concerning a post or a poster should feel free to contact by PM to ptay1, rturner, or email to

11. Members of the VOL Community are required to abide by these Terms. Posts that are in violation or are considered to be inflammatory in any way may be deleted without notice or justification.

12. Failure to comply with the TOS may result in account suspension or deletion.

A summary of our Terms of Service are summarized below:

Comment posters are responsible for the opinions they express and the accuracy of the information they provide. We urge comment writers to treat this as a public forum where manners matter. We encourage a collegial, non-insulting tone and we reserve the right to withhold or remove any comment from publication.

Do not post:

* Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
* Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
* Personal attacks, insults or threats.
* The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
* Comments unrelated to the story.


Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.


VOL is a non-profit ministry dedicated to serving the Anglican Communion. VOL depends on its readers for financial support. Please consider a tax deductible donation. You can do so via check or credit card. Details can be found at


Much of the text of VOL's Terms of Service were borrowed from Thanks to Doug LeBlanc for this short and effective piece.

Here is the link to their site where this text is posted.

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Select Digests from the Main Menu on the left side of the page. The most recent digests are available by clicking on the date. Also, each individual story is available from the News section or via hyperlinks on the front page.
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Since the front page has been updated to include more News blocks, there may be stories that are new to the site, but are not on the front page. To find these stories, browse the first 2 or 3 pages of the News section.

The comments are owned by the poster. We aren't responsible for their content.
Poster Thread
Posted: 2007/9/26 16:03  Updated: 2007/9/26 16:04
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 2007/9/23
Posts: 39
 Using the software for posting
I am new at working with the software for posting comments. Do you have an area that I can go to to find out how to use the items directly above this comment block.
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