Bil Browning

Comment Moderation: For Our New Readers

Filed By Bil Browning | April 26, 2011 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Site News
Tags: comments policy

First of all, I'd like to welcome all of our new readers to Bilerico Project. We have a few rules for our comment sections that it seems appropriate to point out.

509First, please sign up for an account if you'd like to comment. We're getting ready to launch a new design in a couple of weeks and the anonymous comment feature will be going away. You'll either need to sign in to a Bilerico account (where you can create a username to protect your identity) or your Facebook account to comment. You might as well get signed up now since you'll need it later. Approving all the moderated comments is a big job and, well, we're tired of it; we've got other work to do around here as we prep for the relaunch.

Second, if you'd like to chime in and join the discussions, there are a few things we ask. 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.

We hope you'll join in the discussions on the site, but we won't tolerate racism or LGBT-phobic comments. You can disagree with us all you want, you can quote Bible verses about homosexuality or say you think it's a sin, you can even insult our patron saint, Neil Patrick Harris, but you can't call someone names, use slurs, or be insulting. We don't aim to censor folks who argue in good faith, but there's a limit.

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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.


For the record, using Firefox with NoScript installed, I have found it virtually impossible to successfully log in - and I won't compromise my security.

Eric Payne | April 26, 2011 4:17 PM

I only just came back to the site, and made comment, today... but I also could not log in via Firefox with AdBlock running; the error I receive alludes to the failure of a script recall.

Thank you.

I was appalled at the racism in the comments at Joe My God as well as the ongoing anti-trans rhetoric and personal attacks by some regulars. When I complained someone said that censoring racist or anti-trans comments would be the beginning of the end of any blog. I beg to differ. Being subject to bigotry or personal insults either drives people away or drives them to respond in kind, which drives others away.

Part of what leads to the behavior in that video is not just the toleration but the celebration of incivility and even violence in our culture. Fighting is now almost a requirement in "reality TV" shows these days. The police should charge people involved in fights on these shows with assault (they have all the evidence they need) and maybe even the producers with incitement or as accomplices. That would put an end to this despicable trend. You know the first time someone is seriously injured (or worse) there will be an outcry. Why wait for that to happen?

The part of Hip-Hop culture, which glamorizes "thug" behavior is even more directly responsible. How can we (black people) promote this crap and then complain when people grab their purses or cross the street when they see us coming. You can't have it both ways. I am not a thug. There is nothing cool about being a thug. There is nothing manly about being a thug. Thugs are cowards. I hate thugs. But notice, one can make that point (even if you're not black) without resorting to racist slurs.

There are - or should be - rules of behavior (even on the internet) that have to be observed. Otherwise we end up in Lord of the Flies territory.

There have been a lot of HBS'ers hijacking threads with off-topic comments lately and nothing has been done about them.