Privacy & Comments

Purpose of the blog

This blog is from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We hope this blog will facilitate a dialogue regarding how NINDS is fulfilling its mission to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. NINDS wants to hear your thoughts about our scientific advances, policy issues, research priorities, news, and strategic directions.

We want this blog to be a portal for open and honest communication. We encourage you to post comments that engage us and the community in constructive conversation. You can also suggest a topic for the blog. We look forward to hearing from you, but we ask that you follow the guidelines described in the comment policy.

Comment Policy

NINDS reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

We welcome your comments at any time, but we will review and post them only during regular business hours. If you submit comments after hours or during a weekend or holiday, we will review and post them as soon as possible the next business day.

Comments should remain relevant to NINDS and information associated with the post. Comments that advertise or promote any products/services will not be posted. In addition, repeated posts of identical or very similar counter-productive content (i.e. spam) is prohibited.

Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited. We will only post comments from those who are 13 years or older. Comments and/or links will be deleted if they contain:

  • Unfair/unsubstantiated partisan political views
  • Commercial endorsements
  • Discriminatory, racist, offensive, obscene, inflammatory, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable statements, language, or content
  • Personally identifiable information. This refers to information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other personal or identifying information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual
  • Particulars of individual grants and applications

Records of posts and comments will be kept. We reserve the right to block or delete offenders of this policy.

We ask you to provide your name (or nickname) if you would like to post a blog comment. We will publish this name along with your comment to help keep the conversation flowing. If you want us to post your comment anonymously, type “Anonymous” instead of your name when using the online comment form.

We ask for your e-mail address so that we can contact you if necessary. Your e-mail address will NOT be published on the blog, but the blog’s administrators will be able to see it. To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, please don’t include phone numbers or e-mail addresses in the body of your comments.

When your comments don’t meet these simple guidelines, we won’t post them or we may edit out the inappropriate parts. We may also edit comments for clarity or length. We may use the e-mail address you provide to contact you regarding changes or questions about your comment.

Grant Applicants: If you have questions about a funding opportunity mentioned in this blog, please contact the official listed on the announcement directly via e-mail or phone.

Reporters: Please direct your questions to our Office of Communications and Public Liaison: 301-496-5751. Reporter questions will not be posted or answered.

Privacy

On the NINDS Blog at WordPress, NINDS staff posts news and other items of interest to citizens. You can post comments and share posts. If you comment, your email address will be visible to NINDS staff, but will not be posted on the blog. NINDS staff does not collect, use or disclose any information about visitors who comment on the NINDS blog.

Although WordPress offers some analytics and usage data to NINDS, these reports do not include any personally identifiable information. The reports are password protected and only available to NINDS managers, members of the Communications and Web Teams and other designated staff requiring this information to perform their duties. The WordPress privacy policy is available at: http://wordpress.org/about/privacy/

Linking Policy and Disclaimer of Endorsement

The views expressed in user comments reflect those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the NINDS, NIH, the U.S. Department of Health and Services (HHS) or the Federal government.

Linking to a non-federal site does not constitute an endorsement by NINDS, NIH, HHS, or any of its employees. When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving this blog and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.

We do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website.

We do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

We cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website. Those who provide comments are responsible for the copyright of the text they provide.

We are not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.

We do not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

Contact Us

If you have questions about this comment policy or our privacy policy or the disclaimer, please contact us: NINDSODWEB@ninds.nih.gov