F1 Fanatic Comments FAQ

F1 Fanatic receives hundreds, sometimes thousands of comments per day. In order to ensure a good quality of debate on the site it is necessary to monitor the quality of comments.

This FAQ addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about commenting on F1 Fanatic:

Why do you have a Comment Policy?
Why do you only allow comments in English?
Why does my comment say ‘Your comment is awaiting moderation’?
Why has my comment been moderated/removed?
Did you remove my comment because you didn’t agree with it?
Do you edit readers’ comments?
I’ve seen a comment which I think breaks the Comment Policy. What should I do?
Other users have pictures next to their comments. How can I get one?
How do I notify other F1 Fanatic users when replying to them?
What is Comment of the Day?
Do you have any advice on how to write a comment?

Why do you have a Comment Policy?

The Comment Policy exists to encourage positive and constructive discussions between F1 Fanatic users as well as to ensure legal compliance.

Why do you only allow comments in English?

At present we only allow comments in English because we are unable to verify whether comments in other languages meet the terms of the Comment Policy.

Why does my comment say ‘Your comment is awaiting moderation’?

A common misconception about comments being marked as ‘awaiting moderation’ is that the comment has been deleted and will not appear on the site. This is not the case. Comments that are marked as ‘awaiting moderation’ have simply been held to check they comply with the Comment Policy.

All comments go through the moderation process. Comments are marked as ‘awaiting moderation’ for one of two reasons:

1. The automatic moderation system has detected the comment is potentially in violation of the Comment Policy
2. A moderator has manually flagged that the comment is potentially in violation of the Comment Policy

After a comment has been marked as ‘awaiting moderation’ it will be inspected and a decision will be taken whether to put it on the site or remove it. This can take several hours depending on how busy the site is.

Comments that are ‘awaiting moderation’ can only be seen by the person who posted them and the moderators.

Please note that when a comment is placed in moderation, any comments posted as a direct reply to it are also placed in moderation.

If your comment does not appear on the site after going into moderation, this is because it has been removed.

Why has my comment been moderated/removed?

Comments are put into moderation while it is determined whether they should be published or deleted (see above).

Comments are removed if they do not meet the terms of the Comment Policy.

When a comment is removed, any replies to it that have already been posted are also removed.

If you believe your comment was removed in error please contact F1 Fanatic via the contact form including as much detail as possible about the comment, when it was made, what name you used and, ideally, which email address.

Please ensure that the comment you are referring to was removed and has not simply been placed in moderation. If your comment has been put into moderation, please wait and see if it is published before getting in touch.

Due to the large number of comments regularly posted on F1 Fanatic and the high volume of correspondence received each day replies will only be sent if a comment was removed in error. Otherwise please refer to the Comment Policy and the rest of this FAQ for full details on comment moderation.

Did you remove my comment because you didn’t agree with it?

No. Comments are only ever removed for the reasons given above.

Do you edit readers’ comments?

Readers’ comments beneath articles or on the forum may be edited for technical reasons – e.g. to fix broken links or formatting – or to remove swearing. No other kind of editing is performed.

Readers’ comments may be edited when quoted within articles.

I’ve seen a comment which I think breaks the Comment Policy. What should I do?

Do not leave a comment in response.

Instead, send an email via the contact form describing your concern and linking to the comment (the date and time next to a comment is a link to it).

Other users have pictures next to their comments. How can I get one?

See here: How can I get a picture next to my name?

How do I notify other F1 Fanatic users when replying to them? (@-messages)

If you’re replying to another F1 Fanatic user you can make sure they see your reply by using an @-message. This appears like this: @keithcollantine

You can only reply in this fashion to other registered F1 Fanatic users. If they are their name will be displayed appear in this fashion next to comments:

Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine)

To create an @-message simply repeat the portion beginning with ‘@’ in a comment or forum post, e.g. ‘@keithcollantine‘.

When you do this, the user will be notified about your comment.

What is Comment of the Day?

Every day one of the best comments from the preceding 24 hours will be chosen to feature in the daily round-up.

This might be a funny comment, an interesting point of view, someone sharing a first-hand F1 experience or something else others readers might find interesting.

Do you have any advice on how to write a comment?

Sure – have a look here: