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We review all comments on the Scottish Land & Estates Blog to protect users against any content that we consider to be offensive, defamatory or liable to cause alarm. Comments will be reviewed prior to publication and will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken any of the rules below.

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-5pm on weekdays and on a part-time basis outside of those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not published instantly.

Scottish Land & Estates cannot guarantee that all content can be published. We will publish as many comments as possible without editing.

In order to encourage constructive debate and discussion on the Scottish Land & Estates Blog, we have created a number of rules to ensure that all users are properly protected and that nobody abuses the forum.

  1. Don't hide behind a pseudonym - Use your real name (first name and surname) and a valid email address (your email address won’t be published) and do not impersonate others as this is strictly prohibited.
  2. Be relevant - Your comment should relate to the article concerned and to the inherent issue(s). We want to hear from as many different people as possible, thus participants should keep their number of contributions per debate to a reasonable level.
  3. Intelligent debate means just that - We won't post comments that in our view aren't adding to the debate. In particular any sweeping generalisations about an individual, another organisation or society in general won't be posted.
  4. Keep it clean - Sexism, ageism, homophobia, religious bigotry and racism won't be tolerated. Comments using vulgar or abusive language won't be posted.
  5. Be considerate - Robust debate is encouraged, but personal attacks, designed to put down or insult others and trolling designed to deliberately anger or provoke, are not permitted. Any material that we consider to be abusive, defamatory, inflammatory, obscene, profane or otherwise offensive in any way will be deleted. Threads may be closed at the discretion of the moderators.
  6. Limit your links - We can't check the content or robustness of other websites, therefore we'd prefer you didn't litter your posts with lots of live links. Official sites, such as those run by Governments or councils, are acceptable. However, links to websites we consider to be unsuitable will be removed, including those with racist material, pornographic or sexually explicit material, potentially defamatory material and anything which encourages illegal activities.
  7. Direct any complaints - If you have a specific issue that you want to raise, or you would like to report something which you think has slipped through moderation and been posted, please contact the HQ team via email (  
  8. No Spam - No spamming by posting of the same (or very similar) messages to lots of conversation threads and no flooding by posting over and over again the same (or very similar) message to the same conversation. No advertising is allowed, including spamming the blog with promotions for your own business, no matter how legitimate. 
  9. Language - All postings and comments are to be in English language only.
  10. Parental Guidance - If you are under the age of 16 please get your parent or guardian’s permission before taking part in a conversation on the Blog.
  11. Transgressions - Scottish Land & Estates reserves the right to refuse or block particular email addresses where a serious breach of the rules has been deemed to have taken place and prohibit any future postings.