Bil Browning

Our new commenting policy

Filed By Bil Browning | March 07, 2008 5:25 PM | comments

Filed in: Site News
Tags: blog comments, comments policy, internet trolls, tempest in a teapot

We want to know your opinion on this issue! All comments from unregistered users are held for moderation. While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.

If you would like to let the editorial team know about a possible policy violation, please use the Contact Us link at the top of the page.

This policy will be strictly enforced. The "how" and "why" is after the jump.

Here's the 411 on the new policy...

Users will get two warnings before they lose the privilege of commenting without moderation on the site. The editorial team will decide on a case-by-case basis how long this period of time will last. Once an account has been re-activated, there will be no further warnings for policy violation. Instead, users will be banned from commenting on the Bilerico Project.

It is not our intent to discourage anyone from actively participating or arguing strongly for an issue or idea. We will not tolerate insults and smears, past grudges and/or blood feuds or excuses that by responding in kind to someone else's poor behavior you are "helping us out." We want to encourage discussion and debate on the site, but not at the expense of basic civility.

The Project was purposefully structured to bring you points of views that will challenge or inspire you. Our community is deep and diverse; our communication should match that standard as well. Some things you'll agree with, but you'll actively oppose others. That's fine. Tell us why.

We simply ask that chips be taken off shoulders before you enter.


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We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.


This sounds like a very workable plan. I have been reading TBP for quite some time. I have only started posting. I have read many of the threads and write posts out and at the last minute don't post them.

Praise the Lord this looks reasonable if equally enforced.

LiZ

Flagrant Facist Gestapo Tactics!!!

Free Speech Rules!!!!

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, it sounds good to me, though some times things may need to get a little off topic in order to make a point.

I am worried though, that, in this political season, since there is a very diverse array of opinions concerning the merits of canidates and some of those who hold strong opinions are part of the moderator team, I am a little concerned on the possible use of that bully pulpit to quash dissenting opinions in regard to which canidate may or may not be best suited to lead the country for the next four years.

I hate bickering, but I even hate rules more. I suppose I am somewhat of an anarchist. This is your site, though, and I readily admit I have seen threads go completely out of control. In the end, I think that setting standards (yech!!!) is the right choice...and necessary. If the site wants to maintain any credibility as a place where ideas can be intelligently exchanged. And I am not worried about anyone here abusing power. You actually let things go out of control for too long, obviously trying very hard to keep a completely open exchange.

No problems with it from me.

Looks good. Can we start a "blog pool" on who will be the first to go? Just kidding.

I am surprised that this only drew six comments.

well it drew 8 comments.


LiZ

Dawn on sagebrush | March 8, 2008 6:15 PM

I believe your policy will work well.

I would have another suggestion to add to this.
Is there a way to limit the length of comments?. It was mentioned previously in another thread that when comments are very verbose, we tend to skip over tham. So even if valid and useful points are made, the reader doesn't take the time to digest them. This isn't challenging the length of the original articles, just the comments to them. But I don't know if this is technically possible because I'm not one of those computer geeks.