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Over the past few months we've been working on developing a new commenting system, one which makes it easier for our staff to facilitate discussions and support respectful and productive conversations on our website.

Through our new commenting system, you'll be able to:

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  • Today commenting may be interrupted at times but we're working to keep this to a minimum.
  • We've posted our commenting policy and community guidelines for you to read. Please take a look at them before commenting.
  • For all other questions we've published some frequently asked questions to help you out.
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Take a look around, join in on the conversation, and let us know what you think. We can be reached at community@philly.com.