Let’s have a peek at moderation quality elsewhere

I have put together a snapshot of comments made on New Zealand political blogs, MSM websites and one Facebook page. These are the kind of comments that would be moderated out of our blog as they contain foul language. If a blog or media outlet cannot afford to have a full-time moderator they can automatically prevent comments from going live if they contain any foul language. Disqus offers this feature. Admittedly, automatic moderation is more difficult on Facebook pages but the National party managed to work out how to do it on their Facebook page so we know it can be done.

Is it unrealistic to expect high standards from social media if it is affiliated with a professional media organisation? More to the point, should other New Zealand political blogs moderate out foul language, given that it is very easy to do so automatically using a comments system like Disqus?

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So let’s have a peek at New Zealand’s other political blogs.

The Standard: Foul language

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The Daily Blog: Foul Language ( in response to a guest post by Andrew Little )

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Kiwi Blog: Foul Language

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So, we have established that it is easy to find foul language on other political blogs. What about mainstream media? What did I find there?

The Herald:Comments only available on opinion pieces but I found no foul language and all comments appear to be checked before they are published so a very robust system.

Stuff : A few comments containing put-downs, such as calling another commenter stupid, but no foul language.

Radio Live facebook page: Abbreviated foul language and the occasional non-abbreviated insult.

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