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Blog comment and moderation guidelines

The commenting functionality on this blog will be deactivated during the pre-election period.

When posting comments, please observe our site participation guidelines:

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Moderation policy

Blog comments are pre-moderated to check they comply with the GDS blog participation guidelines above. If comments don’t comply they will not be published.

Here's a brief outline of how we evaluate your comments:

Is your comment on topic? Does it add value to the discussion and can GDS answer publicly? If so, we will post a response within 24 hours.

Are you asking for information or detail related to another GDS channel eg is it a GOV.UK content query? If so, we’ll pass your comment on and ensure it's responded to as quickly as possible. We'll update you on the progress.

Does your comment raise an issue with a tool or transaction or is it reporting a bug or performance problem? If so, we'll alert the GDS team responsible and let you know when the issue has been fixed.

If your comment expresses frustration or anger at GDS, we'll refer your complaint to the digital engagement team or relevant department. We'll ensure it's responded to as quickly as possible.