Moderation On

Okay.

I’ve put moderation back on. I’m not sure if I really want to put it back to how it was before. You see, its always the same stupidity.

I’m going to have to think about it for now. I can be reached at catchafirebda/gmail should anyone want to give their input on this in the meantime. You can also post comments here about the pros and cons of blocking commenting, I’ll clear them as quick as I can.

Goodnight.

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16 thoughts on “Moderation On

  1. Thank you so much Jonathan. After that last comment from Cahow, which I see you have deleted, I think you need to moderate people’s comments.

    It’s all fine and dandy for people to say they need to post anonymously to protect their jobs or whatever, but when the few of us who do post, using our names have to read that kind of nastiness directed at us, it’s a bit much.

    I have no idea who any of these people are who post on this blog. I don’t know who Cahow is, but it is obvious that he knows who I am and has total disdain for me. I have no idea what he meant about taking a walk through St. Peter’s graveyard, but I can tell that it gave me the creeps. Even to read that Son of Obatala says people are watching me and then reading further on where some posters would actually talk about seeing me at the music festival and where I was sitting, is a bit unnerving, especiallly when you don’t know who these people are. I’m wondering now if I should start fearing for my life because it all sounds very sinister to me, and all because I support the PLP.

    I reallly have to give serious thought as to whether I will continue to post here. I certainly could not see myself posting anonymously because it goes against everything that I believe in.

  2. I’m wondering now if I should start fearing for my life because it all sounds very sinister to me, and all because I support the PLP. I think you may be overreacting a little bit, Ms Furbert. You have nothing to worry about… it’s all just ‘talk.’

  3. I just leave comment moderation on all the time back at my blog. I also have (what I hope is) a well laid out and explained comments policy, and it seems to work. Conversation that does happen is constructive (though that is not to say that it is not heated).

    However, it only works if you enforce the rules. I have a zero-tolerance policy. Simply put, if you don’t follow the rules, the consequences are also laid out clearly, so no one has the right to complain if they do not like the results of their actions.

    A good argument can be made for NOT having comment moderation, but my experience with the original form of my blog on blogspot lead me to quickly turn on comment moderation there, and it has been on since the inception of my new wordpress version.

    I would suggest for you Jonny that, if you choose to leave on comment moderation permanently, that you write a clear comments policy and post it as a blog page at the top where it is clear for all to see.

  4. “Even to read that Son of Obatala says people are watching me and then reading further on where some posters would actually talk about seeing me at the music festival and where I was sitting, is a bit unnerving, especiallly when you don’t know who these people are. I’m wondering now if I should start fearing for my life because it all sounds very sinister to me, and all because I support the PLP.”

    If you were only that significant.

    Recommendation: chat with your son about how people dealt with his harassment.

  5. I tried to contact you via the Catchafirebda thing but it says you don’t exist. Any other avenue besides this one?

    Thanks.

  6. Cahow, see comment #13 on the ‘About’ page. Other than that you know how to contact me through Bda Sucks.

    Hi Rowland, yeah, I’ll probably have to do that. I’ve resisted for this long as I think it will interfere with the flow and thus discussion, but it would be better than nothing I suppose.

  7. The Truth,

    If I’m not that significant, why do I see my my name on most of Bermuda’s blogs. I bet you if I did a search, I would see where you made some comment about me.

    By the way, I haven’t read where anyone has said that they’re watching you.

  8. I’ve always been more a fan of ‘timeouts’ or bans of users who abuse the system, over moderation. Part of the beauty of the discussions that happen on here is their fluid nature, which will now be dependent on your time Jonny.

    You could instead ban people for 24 hours/permanently for abusing your rules, which would hopefully keep people in check.

    Just my opinion of course.

    @ Ms. Furbert – I think it’s very easy to discern the difference between a poster intrested in serious discussion, and one with less altruistic intentions. There are many people who appreciate your involvement in the debates on here, who I hope would join in me recommending you just ignore anything that the more malicious posters decide to put up. Indeed, it’s how I personally survived the ramblings and distractions of a certain poster on BS whom you know rather well.

  9. Johnathan

    I know nothing at all about blog software, so this is probably a stupid question. BDS has an “ignore” facility. Is that possible?

  10. Hi Martin,

    I’m not sure to be honest. I don’t think WordPress (the system I use) allows for that. I think Bda Sucks is run by an actual IT person (could be wrong…) who is actually trained/skilled in programming though. I’ll ask around all the same.

  11. Hi LiFlatts,

    Moderation will certainly hit the fluidity of conversation, and that is not something I would like to see. I haven’t actually ‘banned’ anyone yet, just kind of put one or two on probation, so any of their comments have to be cleared by me first. But no one is banned and I hope not to have to do that.

    My approach to moderating has been to be as hands-off as possible in order to allow for a good fluid discourse. That has its pros and cons of course. I occassionaly put a blanket comment moderation on like this when I think that emotions are getting overly heated and everyone needs to take some time to chill and reflect carefully on what they say – that is reflect and not react. I have found that approach is mostly effective, but also has its flaws. Right now I am reflecting on how to progress from here though.

  12. Just a quick heads up concerning comments.

    I haven’t deleted any comments as yet, and have allowed a few to go by with slight censoring. However I am currently holding about eight comments for further review and decision making on my part. These comments range pretty much the whole scale of partisans so I hope no one mistakes me as playing favourites here. One particular issue is a tendency for people to totally ignore the message and instead focus on the messenger. That is not helpful, and I would like to remind people that if you cannot argue against the message, attacking the messenger only reinforces the impression that the message you are failing to counter is correct. That is not a high level of debate by any measure. I am hoping that this tendency results from reacting to comments and not reflecting on them, and so are representative of responding in the heat of argument. Please try to reflect more on the message.

  13. Hi SoO, I have been doing alot of work on bottom up governance, yes, although my position hasn’t changed much since 2003. What I haven’t had time is to sit down and condense it all into an easy to read post for here yet.

  14. Hi Educated Pigs,

    Not sure where you are getting the perception that my blog is racist, but thats immaterial to me, and laughable. However, I’ve said several times, that it is not hard to set up a blog. Just go to http://www.wordpress.com and click on the ‘sign up’ bit at the top right hand corner. The steps from there are pretty simple, and you should be able to set up a blog within ten minutes. You’ll probably want to play around with the themes a little and see how it all works, and maybe even register a new blog after you learn the basic tools and the like. From there you can post what you want, how you want and when you want. Afterall, if you want something done right, do it yourself, eh? Nothing stopping you except yourself – and the amount of energy you seem to put into posting, you shouldn’t have a problem posting regularly.

    So in other words, stop complaining and start doing…

    I should also add here that the only reason some of your posts have been with-held so far is due to the explicitly violent threats you have made to public figures and a declared intent to act on them. Please restrain yourself to articulating political arguments on my blog, and your posts will go through, whether I agree with them or not.

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