Commenting Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about the new commenting system on

Do I have to use my real name to comment?

Yes. We are requiring real names to improve the quality of community contributions and to reinforce the notion of comments on stories as a town square discussion. Your real name will be displayed next to your comments.

I have information to share with The Sacramento Bee, but I need to be anonymous. What should I do?

Please email any story ideas or news tips to or call us at (916) 321-1020.

I see comments on stories, but I can't comment. Why not?

We are enabling commenting for's paid subscribers first. For the next phase of the rollout, we plan to give paid subscribers a number of invites to share with friends. Finally, we will open comments to the general public, starting with those people who have completed the request for access to comments.

What is the voucher? How do I get one?

We are using vouchers as part of our real-names verification to help us improve comment quality and prevent duplicate use of the same invitation. If you would like an invitation for early access to comments, complete this form.

Can I use my voucher on a second computer or mobile device?

That won't be necessary. Once you create your account with the invitation voucher on one computer, you can log in to comments on as many devices as you like using the same account details.

Who will be allowed to comment? Who won't be allowed?

When the release of comments is finalized, everyone will be able to comment. We will continue to monitor comments for quality and adherence to our rules. Offenders will lose their commenting privileges.

Can I use my Sacramento Bee account to comment?

No. You will need to create a new Sacbee account, which is different from your Digital Plus account, if you choose not to use one of the available social network options.

My spouse/family member wants to leave comments, but I'm the Bee subscriber. Can they use my account? How does that work?

In the initial stages of the rollout, only one account will be available per paid subscriber. We plan to expand this in the near future, giving each paid subscriber multiple accounts for their household to use.

Do I have to use Facebook to comment?

No. You can login with one of the other social networks or create a new Sacbee commenting account.

What social media accounts can I use to comment?

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and Microsoft. If you want to use a different social network, let us know here.

Will my comment appear in my Facebook feed for my friends to see?

This is optional. There is a checkbox that allows you to share comments to Facebook and other social networks if you wish. This is not selected by default.

What if I don't want to use a social media account to comment?

We plan to offer a registration option without requiring a social media account in the future.

I don't want to read comments. Can I turn them off?


What if I don't like a comment? Can it be removed?

Use the thumbs up or down to show your approval or disapproval. Comments will be removed only if they do not meet our guidelines.

Why do you remove some comments?

We remove comments that violate the guidelines.

I don't want to read comments from certain people. Can I remove certain commenters from my view?

We are looking into this feature and expect to offer it in the future. Hopefully our work to improve comments will make this less necessary.

Will commenters who leave inappropriate comments be blocked?

Yes. Our moderators will block those who flagrantly or repeatedly violate our guidelines.

Do I need to have cookies enabled to comment?

Yes. Cookies are required for many things in our digital products. Please review our privacy policy if you have any concerns.

Will comments work with any Internet browser?

All major browsers are supported.

What if I'm having trouble leaving a comment? How do I get help?

Please contact customer service, and select I want to "Report an Online Issue."

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