Hoodline Terms of Use

Last modified: September 29, 2020


Unless otherwise stated, all copy, images, and promotional content on Hoodline are the property of SFist LLC (d/b/a Hoodline) or any successor to the Hoodline business and the Hoodline users. When syndicated on external sites, Hoodline content must be presented in full and unmodified, with clear, visible attribution and a link back to the original content on Hoodline.com. We reserve the right to ask you to remove syndicated Hoodline content from your site at any time, for any reason.


We're lucky to have a great community of readers, and 99% of the time the discussions are fantastic.

However, regarding that other 1%: While we strongly believe in free speech, and are generally loathe to censor anyone's comments (even the ones we disagree with), there are a few things that we simply will not accept:

  • Hate speech
  • Threats to others, even in jest
  • Defamatory or libelous content
  • Comments that are purely promotional/spam in nature
  • Impersonation of other commenters, or creation of multiple accounts per user for the purpose of amplifying a viewpoint
  • Comments containing copyrighted or confidential material
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Antagonism or harassment of our writers or employees

We also reserve the right to delete comments that are irrelevant to the post being discussed.


Any communication with Hoodline, its sites, and its staff will be considered the property of Hoodline, Inc. We reserve the right, but not the obligation, to publish any content we receive in such communication, unless the source of such content specifically requests otherwise in writing.

We do our best to safeguard the identities of our tipsters, and will honor all reasonable requests for anonymity.

Crime Reporting

When reporting on a crime, Hoodline includes a physical description of the suspect(s) when we have three or more descriptive details about them. For example, we would report if a suspect is a "white 20-something female last seen wearing jeans and a black sweatshirt." However, we will not simply report that a suspect is a "white female," as racial background alone is not enough of a suspect description to be useful to readers, and could contribute to profiling.


In covering the neighborhoods in which we live, we inevitably publish stories that mention people we know, businesses we frequent, or advertisers we are proud to feature on our site. We promise to be transparent about these connections with our readers. As always, we aim to maintain objectivity and avoid letting any such connections impact our editorial decisions.

Copyright and DMCA

If you believe Content on hoodline.com infringes your copyright, you can contact the Copyright Agent at SFist LLC, 500 Sansome Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94111. Phone: +1 415 650 2530. Email: [email protected]. If you are in the U.S., your notice must satisfy the requirements enumerated in 17 U.S.C. ยง512(c)(3).

Please see Hoodline's privacy policy here.