ABHM Comments Policies

What kind of comments are you looking for?

We look for articulate, civil, and well thought-out remarks that are relevant to the exhibit and stimulate engaging, respectful conversations. Your unique insights into the issues and your feedback–positive or negative–about the exhibits are welcome.

That said, we will not tolerate personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence and SHOUTING. We want ABHM to be a safe place for dialogue.

Why do you moderate visitors’ comments?

Our goal is to generate a meaningful dialogue for and by a general audience, young and old. By screening submissions, we create a space where museum visitors can exchange intelligent, thoughtful, and informed commentary that adds to the exhibits.

We do not wish to censor, so most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. The decision of how to moderate posts, however, can be complicated and subjective. We make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of visitor comments, we cannot debate individual moderation decisions with our visitors.

Personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), and SHOUTING will be re-posted in the exhibit Hateful Speech. Commercial promotion, impersonations, and incoherent comments will not be posted.

Why do you ask for my city and state?

We, our visitors, and our funders are curious about the audience that ABHM is reaching, and we assume that anyone who is serious about contributing to the dialogue will not be troubled by this minor request. If you are, don’t give this information.

When and where will my comment be displayed?

Since comments are moderated, they do not appear on the site until they have been approved. Comments are typically posted faster during business hours. Moderation can be less frequent in the evening and on weekends. Comments are displayed directly below exhibits. We also reserve the right to display comments in a variety of ways, including within the text of exhibits. As we stated above, uncivil comments will be posted as part of the Hateful Speech Exhibit.

Do you edit comments?

No. Comments are either approved, moved, or rejected. Correct spelling, grammar or punctuation are up to you.