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    We're using Facebook Comments to improve the environment for conversation and to make it easy to comment on stories and share them with your friends.

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

    A: Yes, you need to have an active Facebook account to comment. If you don't have a Facebook account, you will be prompted to sign up for one when you try to post a comment on our website. You can also get one at www.facebook.com. Once you've signed up with Facebook, you must add a profile photo and connected with at least four friends before you will be able to easily comment and share stories. Your comments may only be visible to you and your friends for the first few days after you sign up.

    Q: What happened to my Disqus account?

    A: Your Disqus account still exists at www.Disqus.com. However, it will not be an option for commenting on our site.

    Q: What if I don't want to participate in Facebook?

    A: Only Facebook users will now be allowed to post comments on our articles.

    Q: Will Facebook be monitoring the comments now?

    A: No, Facebook does not moderate comments.

    Q: Are we being paid by Facebook to do this?

    A: No.

    Q: How do I sign in through the article?

    A: After you enter your comment, when you click on Comment, a pop-up window will appear asking you to sign-in via Facebook.

    * If you do not see the pop-up window after you click on Comment, make sure that you have your pop-up blocker turned off.

    * If you are already signed-in to Facebook on your computer or device, you won't be asked to sign-in. You can simply post your comment.

    Q: Why does my Facebook profile picture and name appear on the comments page when I haven't even posted a comment?

    A: If you're signed in at Facebook.com, your information will appear, but it is not visible to anyone else until your comment is published.

    Q: Will all my comments be posted to my Facebook page so everyone can see it?

    A: Not necessarily. When you start to write a comment, you'll be given the option of post to Facebook right under it. All you have to do is unclick that box, and it will not be shown on your Facebook page.

    Q: Can other people commenting see my personal information, e-mail, location, etc.?

    A: What others see when they click on your name or picture on our site 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. To adjust your Facebook privacy settings, visit: www.facebook.com/help/privacy.

    Q: How do I report an inappropriate or abusive comment?

    A: Hover over the upper right corner of the comment until an "X" appears. Then click the "X" and choose one of the options to report a comment as spam or abuse. The comment will be removed from your view. Facebook does track abuse reports and automatically bans users who are consistently abusive.

    Q: Why can't I see the comments?

    A: Comments on this site are public, which means anyone logged in or out of Facebook should be able to view them. If you cannot see the comments, please check with your IT department. Some government agencies and other employers block Facebook domains and applications from their servers.

    Q: How do I manage my account, change privacy settings, and share my comments?

    A: You can learn about these options and more by visiting Facebook's help center at www.facebook.com/help.

    Q: How do I manage Facebook notifications?

    A: You can learn how to manage Facebook notifications at this link: www.facebook.com/help/390022341057202/

    Q: Are the Terms of Use staying the same?

    A: Yes they are, and you can find them on our Terms of Service page. To see Facebook's terms of service, go here: www.facebook.com/legal/terms.

    Q: Do I need to keep an active Facebook account to post?

    A: We look for real names, some kind of picture, and enough information on it to convince us you are a real person. Whether you do anything else with your Facebook account other than using it to log in to our site is entirely up to you.

    Q: Do I have to use my own photo?

    A: No, you can pick whatever else best expresses yourself as your photo. The photo shown is the main photo on your Facebook account page.

    Q: What is a Top Commenter and how do I become one?

    A: Facebook automatically assigns The Top Commenter badge to users whose comments are most often "Liked" by others. To earn the Top Commenter badge, keep doing what you're doing: being civil and respectful, respecting other viewpoints and following the Conversation Guidelines.

    Q: What if I still have questions about the system and how to use it?

    A: You can send and email through our Contact Us page.

    If you're having problems with your Facebook account, please visit www.facebook.com/help.We understand that many of you may see this as an inconvenience, but we hope you'll also see the benefits of creating a personalized information service that you can trust as an unbiased, professional news source covering your world. We also realize that Internet privacy is a real concern, but the information you share with us will not be sold or given to other companies. It will only be used to improve the services we provide.