The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California

The Talon

The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California

The Talon

The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California

The Talon


Comment policy

The Editorial Board, which is the decision-making and policy-setting body of The Talon, formed this policy to make sure that users are encouraging an honest and educational environment on the site. As a school newspaper, it’s our duty to make sure that we’re an open forum where all respectful opinions can be expressed securely and safely.

The Talon wants to ensure that all individuals can responsibly post replies to articles. In order to maintain a polite environment and enhance discussion, The Talon will review all comments prior to publication on the site. If any part of your comment does not uphold the standards set below, it will not be posted. The Talon will not edit your comment.

All feedback about is welcome at [email protected]

Why do you moderate comments?

We welcome thoughtful feedback and thoughts about posts on To make sure that comments reflect a variety of opinion and intellectual arguments, it’s necessary to weed out inappropriate comments from the legitimate ones. By moderating comments before they’re posted, we hope we can foster educational discussion and enhance user experience.

What can’t I say?

Comments that contain unwarranted personal attacks on non-public figures, personal information, obscenities, libel or slander are prohibited and will not be posted. Should a comment be nonsensical, abusive, derogatory or discriminatory in any way, or contain spam or advertisement content, it will not be published.

Should I use my real name?

By all means. Using your real name will not only show other readers that you genuinely care about a topic but will also promote respect on our site.

What about criticisms of The Talon or its staff?

We welcome all criticisms of The Talon itself to be submitted via email to [email protected] Since comments are meant to create discussion about the topic or content of an article, we would greatly appreciate any criticisms of The Talon to be sent through email.

As writers are not considered public figures, no personal attacks may be made on the writer or editor of any article. Criticisms about writers may be sent via email to [email protected]

Will you edit comments?

No. A comment is either approved or unapproved, no matter if only one part does not follow the standards of publication. We may fix spelling, punctuation or grammar should we wish to run your comment in the print edition of The Talon.

Is it OK to correct an article?

Of course. We welcome any information you’d like to give or corrections on our reporting. Any comments containing corrections to the article or to the content will not be posted, but will be thoroughly researched for accuracy accordingly. The article will be corrected as necessary.

When and where will my comment be shown?

Your comment will be posted as soon as possible, once The Talon reads and approves it. The comment approval process may be less regular during school hours and on weekends.

What will happen to my comment?

Once your comment has been submitted, it becomes the property of The Talon. It may be released by the discretion of The Talon both online and in print. Commenters cannot delete comments after submission.

Who approves comments?

As of December 2, 2010, the Editorial Board no longer approves comments. The Mountain View-Los Altos (MVLA) School District has required that the current adviser of The Talon review all comments before publication.

This comment policy, modeled after the policy of the New York Times, is the creation of the Editorial Board.

Letter to the Editor Policy

The Talon welcomes letters to the editor. E-mail letters to [email protected] or drop them off in room 409 or the box in the attendance office. If you have any questions, send an e-mail or call (650) 960-8877.
In the case of spelling or grammatical errors, obscenities, libelous or personal attacks, a letter may be edited or not run. Letters must be signed, but a name may be withheld upon request. Letters may be published online, in print or both.