Excuse me, can I have a moment of your time?

We’ve had complaints about the conduct of some of our commenters, and how these comments reflect on Whaleoil as a site and community.

With so many new people reading Whaleoil now, it is time to revisit a few ground rules.

1. Anyone can comment as long as

– it isn’t a lie
– it doesn’t attack another commenter personally
– it is related to the topic under discussion

2. Although it may not seem like it at times, moderators and volunteers have full time jobs besides helping out.  As a result, we don’t actively consider each comment.  We rely on you to report comments you feel are well beyond the pail.  In the first instance, email me – [email protected] dot co .nz and provide a link to the post and at least the name of the commenter and the first sentence of the comment so I can track it down.  I especially need you to do this if you think the comment is defamatory, illegal and/or suggests physical harm to someone.  

3. To occasional observers there appear to be inconsistencies in how comments are dealt with.  Yes.  This is true.  Regular commenters get more credit than hit and run commenters.  And sometimes a moderator will have a more tolerant day than other days.  Don’t expect fairness.  Just expect the attempt at being as fair as possible.

This brings us to the topic of rude, off-colour and plainly offensive language.

As a rule, comments do not get dealt with for bad language.  Whaleoil prefers to let these stand so they can reflect on the person who is commenting.

That said, I would like those who feel a strong connection with Whaleoil and would like to see it succeed, grow, and do even better to review any off-colour comments you may consider leaving.

We now have many readers, and very few will be aware that we let commenters speak freely.  They assume therefore that Whaleoil endorses all comments and all behaviours that we don’t act against.


As Whaleoil grows, the pressure will increase for us to moderate each comment before it is released.  That will never be possible.  Similarly, we do not want to end up in a place where some sites overseas have simply turned comments off.


As usual, 99.99% of the comments are fine.  As are the commenters.  If we can just have your help in policing Whaleoil for the more extreme cases, I’m sure this open commenting policy can be enjoyed for years to come.


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