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Day 11 (Comment Moderation)

Posted in blog marathon 2008, social commentary with tags , , , , on July 20, 2008 by joelle blackstarr

I am a bit perturbed. My irritation comes at some of the sites that I have visited that have “comment moderation”, as it were.  I’m annoyed because I have often come across posts which were, to say the least, very interesting in topic.  I have gotten my thoughts together and decided to leave a comment voicing my opinion on the subject.  But, as I hit the “submit button”, I find that the comments are being moderated and I will have to 1) wait to see if my comment will be posted, 2) wait to see if it will be posted in full or edited, and 3) probably forget where I left the remark in the first place.  By the time I get back to that particular page, I usually find that my comment was posted, either in full or edited, and several comments have been made after that time.  This is three or four days later.

The procedure is particularly annoying when one is involved in a “hot topic” and there is a need for interaction.  I have no problem with a person having different views than those which I take.  I enjoy hearing what other people have to say.  The fact is that I have always been enamored with the idea of the “debate”.  It is difficult to carry on debate, however, when one cannot get to the arena within which it is being held.

Make no mistake – there is no moderation on this site.  If you have something to say, feel free to say it without fear of it being held for moderation or fear of it being edited.  If your comments are filled with hate or racially discriminatory, yes – they will be deleted.  If it contains pornography – the comments will be deleted.  Other than that, say what you will, and it will be posted, as is.  I am new to this particular blog world.  I have blogged elsewhere, but, this atmosphere allows me to let loose – a lot better than other places that I have blogged.  Being new, please let me know if I am being unknowingly naive.  There may be some very legitimate reasons for moderating comments, of which I am not aware.  One such reason that I have heard is that the owner of the site had been “harassed”.  Didn’t buy that one.  I say “see a comment. hate it. delete. done”.  I just don’t understand that one can be held captive by some idiot who has no control over what YOU allow on YOUR site.  But, hey, that’s just me.

Freedom says drop it on me and let’s debate.  Peace.

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