Call for moderation by webmasters
Original post made by Piderit@Mac.com on Jul 21, 2011
The post addresses the moral responsibility of those who run websites to make and enforce policies that keep web discussions civil.
I hope the editor and publisher of the Weekly take notes.
As much as I like the ideal of supporting local journalism, I feel it would be irresponsible of me to support the Weekly financially until policies for moderating the Town Square change.
on Jul 21, 2011 at 9:55 am
Stacey is a registered user.
"This is a solved problem"
on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:32 am
Sandy is a registered user.
Anil does give a really practical list of solutions -- almost none of which have been implemented here.
"So, I beseech you: Fix your communities. Stop allowing and excusing destructive and pointless conversations to be the fuel for your business. Advertisers, hold sites accountable if your advertising appears next to this hateful stuff. Take accountability for this medium so we can save it from the vilification that it still faces in our culture."
I wish the Weekly would think more carefully about the impact of the status quo in the Town Square on the reputation of the newspaper as a whole. I bet they're losing money from advertisers in part for the same reasons that people tell me they don't read the Weekly any more... "it's just such a hostile, biased place."
on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:46 am
zenmonkman is a registered user.
First, the article is spot-on. But to be fair to the PW, it takes a lot of human resources, money and effort to monitor a public discussion site. There is also a backlash impact to monitoring. For example, the Huffington Post is highly monitored and creates an enormous resentment among its users. "who are they to judge if what I say is right or wrong, ad hominem or not. Sure there is a lot that can be done, and I hope that the staff of PW INVESTS into a forum that allows us to speak our minds (for free mind you). I believe that the Town Square is an accurate representation of the political and emotionally charged division going on in our country today. I'm not sure if that is an avoidable situation. I applaud PW for taking on the challenge of handling "us" raucous commendatory bloggers.