We are testing a new article commenting system in an effort to improve the experience for our users and allow them to more easily share their comments with their Facebook friends. To comment on an article, you must log in to Facebook. You can then choose to share the comment with your friends. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can participate in discussions on our forums section at http://forums.insidebayarea.com.

Let us know what you think of the new commenting system here.

Frequently asked questions

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

A. Yes, but only if you want to comment directly on the article. If you want anonymity or would rather not sign up for Facebook, you can still discuss and comment on stories in the forum section of our website.

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. Do you only want positive comments?

A. No, we want to encourage discussion about topics in stories. But please be civil. Comments that use foul, derogatory, racist or violent language will be removed.

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

A. We've found that article commenting became more civil when a person is easily identifiable with their name and face attached to a comment.