Article Comments: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why did you make the switch to Facebook commenting?

A. We switched for two reasons. One was to improve commenting for our readers. By using Facebook, you can more easily share stories with your friends and comment without a separate logon for The second was to remove the anonymity of comments to promote a more civil and constructive discussion.

Q. Do I need to have a Facebook account to comment on articles?

A. Yes.

Q. How do I create a Facebook account?

A: Go to and Facebook will walk you through the steps to create an account.

Q. Will my friends on Facebook see my article comments?

A. Yes, but only if you leave the box check-marked "Post my comment to my Facebook profile" next to the "Post" button.

Q. Will people be able to click on my Facebook profile from my article comment?

A. Yes, but what they see is determined by your Facebook privacy settings. Those settings allow you to decide how much information you want to share with your friends or others.

Q. Why do I see my Facebook ID and photo on the bottom of an article when I haven't posted a comment?

A. If you are already logged in to your Facebook account on another browser tab or window you will see your Facebook ID and photo along with the empty commenting box. Your Facebook ID and photo are not visible to other readers unless you choose to post a comment.