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Q. How do I deal with someone who makes rude or inappropriate comments on my Facebook posts, such as off-color religious or political jokes?

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A. Your Facebook page is like your front yard. You can plant whatever you want in it. And if someone sows weeds in your yard, you can uproot them. In short, delete the disturbing comment. Then e-mail the offending party and request that he not post that kind of material on your page. Remind him that he’s not just making these comments to a small group of intimates in his living room; the comments are public. If he does not cease, consider unfriending him. A true pal wouldn’t enjoy making you feel uncomfortable, right?

—Michelle Slatalla

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