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.

Whaleoil’s Rules of Politics

Re-post because it didn’t come over from the old site:

Whaleoil’s Rules of Politics

1. If you are explaining, you are losing

2. Utu is good, even necessary

3. Never hug a corpse – it smells and you end up smelling like the corpse too

4. Always know where the bodies are buried

5. Don’t let mongrels get away with being mongrels

6. Don’t mess with The Whale, ever

7. Never wrestle with pigs, two things are for certain if you do. You will get dirty and the pig will enjoy it.

8. Never ask a question if you don’t already know the answer

9. Speak plain, Speak Simple

10. Remember, I’m telling this story

11. Never trust a politician if you aren’t close enough to them to hit them in the back of the head with a bit of 4×2

12. Never trust a politician with a moustache or a hyphenated name