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Monday, July 23, 2007

Our Comments Policy

posted by on July 23 at 15:43 PM

Thanks for all the excellent ideas and feedback on blog comments. Our new comment policy is below—it’s really no different from the informal policy we’ve been operating under all along, but now it’s in writing.

The Stranger’s Blog Comments Policy

We remove comments that are off topic, threatening, or commercial in nature, and we do not allow sock-puppetry (impersonating someone else)—or any kind of puppetry, for that matter. We never censor comments based on ideology.

We will continue to post-moderate comments and remove those that don’t adhere to these guidelines. We’ll also always leave a note so you can tell that we’ve deleted something and why. If you see a comment that should go, feel free to alert me.

Last week we added code that makes it nearly impossible to double (or triple or quadruple…) post, and today we lightened the load on our server, so comments should post and load faster.

We’re also working on adding an optional user-registration system and we’ll make sure that all you frequent fliers can register your usual user names. Thanks for making Slog Seattle’s best blog, y’all.

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Woooooooooooooooooooo! No more of that asshole posting Dan's old pro-war article every time Dan posts anything. It is SO annoying to have to scroll down past that.

Posted by Gitai | July 23, 2007 4:09 PM

Does this mean me and my friends from 123 are now banned?

Posted by Big Bird | July 23, 2007 4:10 PM

Well done

Posted by monkey | July 23, 2007 4:12 PM

our new comments policy is bellow? heck, we have enough posters bellowing as it is. and this is the first time i've heard the term 'sock puppetry'. does that mean i can't post as triumph the comic insult dog, or kukla or ollie?

i think the new comments policy is groovy.

Posted by scary tyler moore | July 23, 2007 4:13 PM

Why do you hate Puppets so?

I mean, a bunch of my friends make Giant Puppets for a lot of the parades around here ...

... nah, good idea.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 23, 2007 4:26 PM

Nicely done. Slog remains my favorite place to hang out.

Posted by lostboy | July 23, 2007 4:59 PM

No puppetry of any kind? I was just going to start a "Being John Malkovich" string.

Posted by elrider | July 23, 2007 5:15 PM

Qvestion: Never censor based on ideology? What if the ideology is itself threatening and defamatory, as seems to be the case with most anti-gay factions?

Posted by christopher | July 23, 2007 5:29 PM

Answer: We'll have to judge that type of comment case by case. We're more worried about squashing personal threats than hate speech. Of course we're anti-hate, but those types of people (thankfully very rare on Slog) usually get slaughtered by other commenters pretty damned quickly and sufficiently.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | July 23, 2007 5:37 PM

If you ever do Freaky Friday again, I'm going to break out my ACTUAL sock puppets. Philosophical puppets.

See, one puppet says to the other puppet, "you know, I'm beginning to wonder whether there even is a hand".

Posted by Fnarf | July 23, 2007 5:43 PM

So then, if a clique of haters all get together and collectively e-mail you asking to Ban Gomez and Delete His Comments, per this policy, they get an audience.

And yes, this has happened to me before.

Posted by Gomez | July 23, 2007 7:04 PM

I think you have history on your side here, Gomez. I don't think the commenters would have it anyways.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | July 23, 2007 7:20 PM

Gomez, Did you read the policy? Only if your comments violated one of those rules (spam, off topic, threatening, or impersonation) would we remove them.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | July 23, 2007 7:40 PM

A key issue is the vague term 'threatening', which needs to be more sharply defined. Someone can take another's tone and choose to interpret it as 'threatening'.

Otherwise, it looks okay so far.

Posted by Gomez | July 23, 2007 7:56 PM

one word - good old - recycled thru the ages non stop by the rule makers - orthodox

yes, at the Stranger - wow

this slog is largely a chorus of fans - some humor, little sarcasm and little parody - often, lots of wit, more me too

join the fan club or go elsewhere, since real issues discussions are not really wanted, just more gabble about porn, city hall gossip and some obscure twist on elections

the best era for slog was during the viaduct debate - some great threads - and NO regulations, geez - how can that be?

nanny says need lots of rules or free speech can't work

yuk (and yes, Essex is a handle, and nom de plume will be next)

Posted by Essex | July 23, 2007 8:21 PM

this seems flexible enough. i don't envey you having to go through all the comments and deciding what has to go though.

Posted by konstantConsumer | July 23, 2007 8:23 PM

@1. Wow, you actually had to scroll down a page, what an ordeal. How American.

Posted by Gay Jesus | July 23, 2007 11:58 PM

No sock Puppetry? Does this mean we are gone too?

Posted by Pteradactyl Penis Men | July 24, 2007 10:16 AM

That should be "Seattle's only blog".

Posted by Kiru Banzai | July 24, 2007 11:34 AM

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