How to write a comment

Writing a comment is quite simple.

  • In the overall view showing multiple articles, click on the link (brown coloured) “Leave a comment” at the end of each article.
  • On a single article page, write your comment in the corresponding box at the end of the article.

If you don’t speak German, you can post your comment in French, Italian or English. You may also use certain HTML tags in your comments, including text formats or to add links, citations, images or videos. All comments will be passed through a spam filter. If your comment does not appear after reloading the article, then it was probably caught by the spam filter (which rarely happens). In this case, please immediately write an email to the administrator (indicate the time you tried to post your comment, your name and a detailed description of what you wrote).

Critical comments which agree or disagree with the authors opinion are welcome and will not be censored. Rude, not understandable, discriminatory or xenophobic comments in any way will be deleted without notice.

Your comment will be more convincing if you indicate credible sources that back your point. You will always find an online source which supports your arguments, even crazy ones (for example, the Flying Spaghetti Monster). Therefore, you should consider supporting your argument with academic or broadly recognised sources. A peer review can be, but is not necessarily, an indication of an article’s quality. For example, an article about UFOs is not necessarily more convincing if the peer review was done by an “Ufologist”. In principle, primary sources (speeches, press releases, etc.) as well as academically recognised sources may be classified as more credible than second-hand media reports. Media, think tanks, so-called experts, etc. may have a hidden agenda and their statements may not necessarily correspond to reality. For example, Press TV is not an independent news magazine, but is instead produced by the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and can be considered to include government propaganda. This also applies to Russian and even Western media: Sputnik is wholly owned and operated by the Russian government, Fox News has an emphatically pro-Republican, conservative agenda and so on. Although the two tabloids Bild (Germany) and Blick (Switzerland) do not have a government agenda, they are plainly unreliable. Also, Wikipedia cannot be cited as a source in its own right, but it does help to locate other sources. Wikipedia links in blog articles should be interpreted as offering explanations of terms and help in locating additional information.

Not every source is a good one. The Onion is designed as a parody of a daily newspaper with purely satirical articles. Of course, this does not play a big role for Fars News.

Not every source is a good one. The Onion is designed as a parody of a daily newspaper with purely satirical articles. Apparently, this didn’t play a big role for Fars News.

Finally, some general rules for writing a good comment:

  • the comment should refer to the article in question or a previous comment;
  • if a comment refers to a previous one, please identify it;
  • subjective opinions are allowed, but should also be characterised as such (“I think…. “);
  • avoid clichés as much as possible;
  • objective, factual posts on the topics are more convincing;
  • specify sources (see above) in comments and articles, whenever possible;
  • only pedantic people point out spelling errors;
  • criticism can also be offered in a friendly tone – there is no reason to be rude.

Q: Instead of a comment, I would just like to post a “like” to show that I thought another comment was good. How do I do that?
A: Insert the following code unchanged in the comment box and post the comment:

<img src="" alt="I like your comment!" title="I like your comment!" width="32" height="30" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-9519" />