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Commenting Standards from a readers perspective

I haven’t passed comment on our now more than a year old moderation and commenting policies. I haven’t commented for a reason…there is no need to comment, I am happy with the results despite more than a few detractors who are now junking up other people’s sites.

But people have noticed, and here is one reader who has sent in his comments about the difference between comments on my site vs the mainstream media.


Yesterday¬†I read two articles on the same subject – Helen Clark and her ambition to lead the UN, one on Whale Oil the other on TV3’s site.

No surprises in the content of the articles, but it was the comments sections which I though gave a very interesting insight on the whole perception of Whale Oil versus MSM scenario.

Often Whale Oil is portrayed as the nasty attack Blog with the lowest (or no) standards and the MSM the defender of standards and arbitrators of what is right.

Here are  random shots of both sites comments section where I could include at least three commentators who responded to a different point of view Рthe difference is stark.

I am betting If you asked a non Whale Oil reader who has been subjected to the anti Whale Oil propaganda they would be extremely surprised at the result.

TV3 has it so wrong on so many fronts it doesn’t need pointing out – they should actually close comments on their site if they cannot keep them to a reasonable standard.

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Whaleoil and Cameron Slater the year in cartoons Part VII [UPDATED]

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Whaleoil and Cameron Slater the year in cartoons Part VI

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Whaleoil and Cameron Slater the year in cartoons Part V

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Whaleoil and Cameron Slater the year in cartoons part IV

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Whaleoil and Cameron Slater the year in cartoons Part III

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Whaleoil and Cameron Slater, the year in cartoons Part I

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Reflections from the back seat

You know what they say about back seat drivers don’t you? We always know better than the driver but we rarely get listened to.

Well Whaleoil is Cam’s¬† ‘ car ‘ and quite frankly for many years I longed for him to own a nice practical people mover that didn’t attract attention.

But no, he had a dream and he was determined to first build the car from scratch and then turn the car into a racing car.

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We couldn’t afford a ‘ car ‘ and we couldn’t afford fuel and for many many years it ran on the smell of a Whale oily rag. I wasn’t too pleased with it as I wanted a ‘ normal ‘ life like the one we used to have before.

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The most dangerous game

One of my favourite short stories as a teenager was called The Most Dangerous Game

The final few sentences at the end of the book were particularly memorable…

A man, who had been hiding in the curtains of the bed, was standing there.

“Rainsford!” screamed the general. “How in God’s name did you get here?”

“Swam,” said Rainsford. “I found it quicker than walking through the
jungle.”

The general sucked in his breath and smiled. “I congratulate you,” he
said. “You have won the game.”

Rainsford did not smile. “I am still a beast at bay,” he said, in a low,
hoarse voice. “Get ready, General Zaroff.”

The general made one of his deepest bows. “I see,” he said. “Splendid!
One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in
this very excellent bed. On guard, Rainsford.” . . .

He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.

– Richard Connell (1893-1949)

 

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Face of the day

 

Wayne Tempero

Wayne Tempero

You have to be made of sterner stuff than most to be a body guard.
It also takes courage to stand up and be counted when the personal cost is so great.
He knows that this interview could damage his career but he did it anyway.