Jerame Davis

Site News: New Feature: Comment Reporting

Filed By Jerame Davis | June 21, 2010 11:00 AM | comments

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Comment moderation is a chore. It's a BIG chore. We can't keep up with the volume or the sneakiness that comes with spammers and crafty wordsmiths who find every way possible to skirt our comment policies.

So, we're asking for your help. Over the weekend, we added a new "Report this Comment" link to every comment on the site. It's a simple process: Click the report link, choose a reason you're reporting the comment, click Submit. That's it.

Please keep in mind - we believe in freedom of expression here at Bilerico Project. Just because you disagree is not a good enough reason to report a comment. Please keep your reports limited to comments that are abusive, off-topic, anti-LGBT, or SPAM.

Also, repeatedly submitting a report, submitting false reports, or other abuse of the reporting system will result in your access to the reporting mechanism being removed. The idea is to decrease our stress level, not to increase it - so we won't hesitate to put you on the naughty list.

This is just one of the many great changes we have coming. (Yes, that redesign we promised is still happening. I hope to have a sneak peak ready very soon.) Let us know what you think and tell us what other new features you'd like to see in the comments section.

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I'm wondering how often this will be used. I love the idea of helping the community to self-police.

I suppose it depends on how often I comment.

Thanks for doing this, Jerame. I'd also like to be able to spell-check comments before submitting them, and be able to use a form where we can click on icons (like in e-mails) instead of having to use html tags.

While I'm at it, is it possible to give us the opportunity to self-delete our own comments? Sometimes I post something, and realize I've made a mistake (spelling, name, fact) or didn't address all the points I had wanted to make. But I can't yank it back. Maybe if there is a limited time it can be self-deleted, say within an hour of being posted? I don't know if that would make it easier or harder to do if there's a time limit.

Also, I mentioned this quite awhile back, but I would find it more helpful if the names of the commentors were above the comments, rather than below. I like to know who wrote a comment before I read it, and when they get long, there's a lot of scrolling up and down to see the names before the comment.

Thanks for everything.

I would love the ability to edit my own comments after they've posted, and I agree that having the commenter name at the top rather than the bottom would be awesome.

I disagree about the placement of the commenter name. I find that with the commenter's name at the end of the comment, I tend to read with less prejudice. I admit that the prejudice is my own failing, but I believe it is not a common one, and while one who wants to see the name before reading the comment can just scroll down to it, having the name after the comment encourages people to read the comment first and so to judge it on its own merit rather than their opinion of the person who wrote it.