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 – the 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.

This is why Whale oil continues to fight and win the good fights.  

TV3

Does Key working only for companies that have been shutdown for financial fraud qualify him for the position of Prime Minister?

This smear campaign is reminiscent of right wing dirty politics, that we have seen here by John Key and his National government

Good to know you are just another screaming homophobe, throwing around innuendo without proof.
Bigots, that’s all you will find in National, homophobes, misogynists, racists… that’s what we are seeing with Nationals posters here.

John key, the National party and their supporters. many of whom are immigrants, are all traitors and sell outs, may you all die horrible deaths for your treachery.

You should be banned. You got sewer dirty because you couldn’t counter the response. You are a nasty, twisted bitter old man. I hope you die a slow agonizing death ape troll, from the horrible stuff you have said on here, you deserve nothing less.

Whale Oil

Not a big fan of the UN or Helen Clark, but it could be good for NZ to have a Kiwi as Secretary General. This opportunity won’t be repeated any time soon.

The real question that needs to be asked, of course, is what does the job require?
I would suggest merely having been able to keep a fractious Labour Party working together for so long, with health intact, should make her a superb choice.

No the real question to my mind is: Would we be any worse off should the UN talk-fest simply evaporate? Of course not!

You have listed the problems. Maybe you might like to suggest what the UN can do about it, taking into account the intransigence of the various parties involved in the conflict?


Well there you go…it isn’t scientific but I will hazard a guess that it is the same elsewhere when you care to look.

The commenting policy isn’t changing, I am very happy with where my helpful sycophant and knob polisher deputy editor has taken commenting.


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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.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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