Frequent Questions

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How may I participate in the conversation?

The blog is open to the public for commenting. Comments are moderated according to our comment policy. The views expressed in comments do not necessarily reflect the official views of the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or the federal government.

In what order do the posts appear on the blog?

Posts are added in reverse chronological order, with the newest post at the top of the home page.

Why don’t my comments show up right away?

We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will generally occur several times a day during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours, on weekends, or federal holidays will be reviewed for compliance with our comment policy and posted as early as possible the next business day.

Why do you ask for my name and email address when I leave a comment? How do you protect my privacy?

Providing your name or email address is optional. We ask for your name so that it is easier to carry on a conversation. If you provide a name, we will publish it along with your comment. We ask for your email address so that we may contact you if necessary. We will not publish your email address.

To protect yourself, please don’t include information that identifies you in the body of your comment, such as email addresses or phone numbers. We don’t edit comments, so we won’t be able to publish comments containing such information.

Beyond the issues above, we treat privacy issues associated with this blog under our privacy policy provided on the main ITA web site, Trade.gov.

How often should I check back here for new content?

Our schedule calls for new blog posts to be added twice every week. We hope to be able to post more often, but twice a week is the minimum that we are working towards.