Posting CommentsJuly 16th, 2007 by josh farley
I took a few days off last week and spent a lot of time thinking about this blog – namely, how comments should be approved.
This is clearly an imperfect science. But I want to give you a chance to chime in and have your say.
Some discussions have come up on a blog about Amber Alerts as to what gets posted – and what doesn’t.
And just how do we choose what goes up – and what can’t?
Ultimately, it is this newspaper’s discretion as to what gets posted. But I am willing to post most comments EXCEPT for things are libelous or slanderous against individuals.
Again, this is an imperfect science: what you’d approve and not approve were you in our shoes may be different. But understanding the above concept, we can follow two basic options here for commenters we feel have breached said concept:
1. Edit the comment and do our best to preserve the point the blog commenter is trying to make;
2. Delete the comment completely.
I have chosen to go the route of option 1 since this blog was launched in December 2005. But now that we’ve been up and running for awhile, I wanted to make sure that everyone who frequently comments here supports it.
I can assure you that what has been edited was done so because we felt it was too inflammatory. The purpose of the blog is to encourage insightful and fruitful discussion – not give people a place to say hateful things.
So, I pose the question to you: would you rather we edit comments in an attempt to preserve the comment’s general tone and point, or just not post it all together? Or, do you see another option?
I’d love to hear what all of you have to say.