We feel silly spelling out rules to govern your behavior while on this website. But since we must, let’s boil it down to language we all can understand: Use the manners your mother taught you.

Need more explanation? OK, we’ll spell it out:

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We encourage robust discussion, but we also require civility. Commenters who repeatedly violate these rules may be blocked from further use.

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Submissions Agreement

Qcitymetro welcomes user-submitted content, including articles, blogs, columns, photos, etc. We also encourage users to participate freely, where appropriate, in online discussions. In order to keep our interactive forums enjoyable for all, we ask that you follow the rules outlined below.

By submitting content or engaging in discussion forums, you agree to the following:

The content you submit will not:

  • infringe upon or violate the copyrights, trademarks or intellectual property rights of others.
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