Site policies

Site policies

Comment policy

The Alameda Community News Project encourages reader comments that contribute to a constructive discussion of local affairs. Commenters are personally liable for any comments they choose to publish on the site. The Alameda Community News Project may remove or edit comments that are spam, off-topic, constitute personal attacks or are otherwise felt to detract from a constructive discussion. We do not run comments marked "Anonymous." Editing or removal of a comment is done at the site editor's sole discretion. By commenting you agree to the terms of our comment policy. If you believe a comment posted on the site is inappropriate, contact Editor Michele Ellson at

Correction and retraction policy

The Alameda Community News Project is deeply committed to accuracy and fairness and will correct errors brought to our attention in a clear and timely manner. Correction and retraction requests may be directed to Editor Michele Ellson at or (510) 910-7785.


When a request for a correction is made, the Project’s editor will investigate the facts that have been challenged to confirm an error was made and if so, determine the language and placement of a correction. Minor factual errors will be corrected in the post in which they were made; major errors will be corrected in the original post in which the error is contained by removing and replacing the inaccurate information and with a correction and appropriate apology at the top of the post. In addition to in-post corrections, corrections for major factual errors may also be memorialized in a separate post to be published on the main page of the website on the day the correction is made, with a headline labeled “Correction,” if a separate post is determined to be warranted by the editor and/or on advice from legal counsel.


A retraction will be timely published by the Project if the request is made by the appropriate person and a subsequent investigation shows that the retraction is warranted. When a request for a retraction is made, the editor will ask the requestor to provide, in writing, the precise factual errors in the published article and to explain what the facts are. The editor will then investigate the claims and ask the requestor for evidence to support the claimed factual errors. If the language cited by the requestor is found to contain significant factual errors, a retraction will be published as soon as possible, and by no later than three weeks after the Project is notified of the errors as specified by California Civil Code Section 48a.

The retraction will be published on the main page of the Project website for two consecutive days with a headline reading “Retraction” and will also be placed at the top of the original post containing the factual errors to be retracted, which will be edited to reflect the true facts or, if the level of error warrants, removed from the site entirely. The retraction will quote verbatim the original language of the facts in question, the date of publication and headline of the story containing the erroneous information, the facts and, if warranted, an appropriate apology. The headline and text of the retraction will be in the same typeface as the original language.

The retraction may be shown to the requestor in advance of publication to ensure the retraction does not exacerbate the factual errors and that the requestor continues to want a retraction published. A retraction will not be published unless requested by the person who claims the alleged publication was defamatory as to that person.

Posted February 2012