An opinion flag should be used when your story conveys ideas and thoughts towards something which cannot be proven or disproven. Opinions are not facts - they are based on beliefs. If you are writing a story about a personal experience, or publishing content that represents your own viewpoint or perspective, then your story requires an opinion flag.
The opinion flag is also used on NowPublic to identify stories which represent your personal opinion, regardless of whether it is based on some factual elements. As a general rule, if you are injecting your own assessment of a situation (or using the work of another to support your point of view via Highlight) without appropriately representing all sides of the issue, then an opinion flag is likely warranted.
If a Staff Editor assesses your story and decides it requires an opinion flag, you will be contacted via private message and asked to add the flag within 30 minutes, after which we will complete this task for you.
Please keep in mind that a request to add an opinion flag should not be interpreted as any form of judgment on the veracity or integrity of your story or point of view.
Upon the incidence of a disagreement over whether an opinion flag is appropriate for a particular story, a Staff Editor will determine the final outcome on a case by case basis. The NowPublic staff asks that members respect the subjective nature of what constitutes an opinion, and that any suggestions or requests for clarification be addressed privately or within the forum.