Building the community: A guide to comments

The conversations among the online community on serve two valuable ends, both of which will play a vital role for the incoming Obama-Biden Administration.

Each discussion between the Transition team and readers provides rich insight into the issues and priorities Americans care passionately about.

In addition, these discussions also allow our team to provide a unique look into the work we do everyday and help make our jobs on the Transition as transparent and open as possible.

These online conversations are truly groundbreaking -- no other transition team has ever opened these types of channels of communication with the American people. We're proud of what we've accomplished so far, and look forward to building this dialogue.

We've read through the thousands of comments posted on, and are excited by the volume of participation. To help make our discussions clearer and more valuable, we've put together some tips:

1: Know the comment policy
Our comment policy lays out the basic guidelines for material that should and should not be part of the online conversation.

A diverse group of commenters with a variety of opinions post their thoughts on these pages. We won't censor any ideas based on their content as long as the comment is respectful and adds value to the discussion.

2: Set up an account
Setting up an account before you comment helps build a sense of community around these discussions. You can post a comment without an account, but creating your own log in name makes it easier to keep a conversation going with others.

3: Rate other comments
Only after you've set up an account can you take advantage of our dicussion tool's most interactive qualities. We encourage folks to leave their thoughts about other comments -- either by using the thumbs up/thumbs down buttons to rate a comment, or by responding to a particular comment with your own thoughts. This will help keep the liveliest discussions in front of new readers, and will make the community's feedback a valuable part of the conversation.

4: Post a comment
Once you've got something to say, let us know. If you’re responding to the question posed by the post itself, enter your comment in the text field at the top of the discussion. If you want to respond directly to another user, click "Post Reply" at the bottom of that particular comment.

5: Stay on topic
And most importantly, a reminder: on this website, we will submit many important issues and questions for public discussion. When we open a discussion on, say, the economy, it benefits everyone in the community if you comment only on that particular topic.


With our goal of transparency in mind, we turn the question to you:

Tell us about the discussions you would like to have on -- use the tool below to share your thoughts.

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Before posting a comment, please review our Comment Policy.

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