Commenting on the blog

Yesterday we had a useful discussion about commenting on the blog. Now that the blog is cemented at number one in the NZ blogsphere I think it is time to share some thinking about commenting.

I don’t want to ban people like The Standard, I also don’t want to have to moderate everything like Red Alert. I pretty much want people to discuss issues from all perspectives. I believe in airing opinions and prefer freedom over regulation.

However this is my house and so it is my rules. I don’t tolerate shouty children, I certainly wouldn’t tolerate shouty guests. So don’t do it here.

I had to slap up Phil U a bit, but it is because he is actually a smart guy and we have had a beer or two together that I thought we should discuss it.

The poll gives an indication of the level of frustration, but some regular commenters have swayed my thinking. Phil can stay. My normal rules apply.

However please take this as a guideline for the future…this applies to ALL commenters.

  • Stick to the topic of the post.
  • Do not comment as though you are writing a blog post…tl;dr pisses me and others off.
  • Argue the points raised without resorting to silly name calling.
  • I’m trying to lift my game how about lifting yours.
  • Where possible try to use your real names. It makes life far more civilised. Criticise Phil all you want but at least he uses his own name.

Let’s see if we can’t improve the number one NZ blog…eh?

UPDATE: There is a “Flag Comment” feature in the commenting system. If something is untoward flag the comment, move on. I will be notified of the flagging and will moderate or not as I see fit. If it gets out of hand then I may need volunteers for comments moderation.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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