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Friday, January 27, 2006

In moderation

Following an infestation of abusive comments, I've decided to start moderating comments. After you've been approved the first time, you'll subsequently be able to post without hassle.

Let the debate continue.


Blogger smiths said...

am i approved of, cant think why i wouldnt be

Friday, January 27, 2006 11:47:00 am  
Blogger smiths said...

i am glad you are doing it, after the incident the other day where your 'jewishness' was refuted and you were basically asked to prove it i went home and thought a lot about it, and felt very disturbed,
i have argued against racism and bigotry for pretty much my whole life, always stood up when others have said things and asked them to cut it out,
and i felt that it was one of the most offensive things i'd heard in a long time,
it's a bit like when i play soccer, the ones that play the most aggresive nasty games always complain the most and loudest to the referee

Friday, January 27, 2006 11:59:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

It was a tough decision, but I believe the best option at the moment. I truly do want robust discussions, but endless abuse, name-calling and the like helps nobody and only serves as a platform to bigots.
They can spread their bile elsewhere, frankly.

Friday, January 27, 2006 12:07:00 pm  
Blogger RHRoss said...

It's an important step. The abuse, name-calling and aggression distract and deflect from sensible discussion. Perhaps they are meant to but they are a waste of time.

Respect for the opinions of others, no matter how different they may be to one's own makes for a mature exchange of views.

You get some interesting posts on this blog if one can be bothered wading through the abusive rant. It will be good to see it stopped.

Friday, January 27, 2006 12:27:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

The air ain't so fetid in here any more. The width may have declined, but feel that qualtity!

Friday, January 27, 2006 12:34:00 pm  
Blogger David Heidelberg said...

Good move.

I doubt this move is going to stifle serious debate, merely get rid of those here for the sole purpose of abuse.

Friday, January 27, 2006 1:06:00 pm  
Blogger RHRoss said...

The only downside to the vetting of posts is that it seems to be done, understandably, in Oz time, which inhibits overseas posters ability to participate.

Like all things there are positives and negatives. You never get it all.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 8:57:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Point taken.
Let's hope this system improves in time. I'll process comments as fast as possible, so hold that thought.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 1:22:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Great move AL,

The sheer noise generated by some people, whoj chall remaon nameless, has been a stain on this forum. There are som great ideads to be shared and those that actually contribute and have something worthwhile to share will be able to express ehmselves without being harrassed.

Like RH said, those of us OS will probably fall out fo sync but it's a small price to pay. Besides, you are now an award innign blooger, so it's time to clean out the dead wood.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 1:38:00 pm  
Blogger Lynne Austin said...

Thank heavens for that. I've been a long-time reader of your blog but never posted a comment because I didn't want to be subjected to the torrents of abuse that more courageous posters have endured.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 7:25:00 pm  
Blogger Mannie said...

Hooray and hooray and hooray! Argument is one thing, and is always to be welcomed in discussing issues as important as many in this blog happen to be, but abuse and accusations and repeated obnoxious behaviour on the part of many of the participants will NOT be missed.
Well done, congratulations on winning an award, and keep up the interesting work.

Monday, January 30, 2006 1:09:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Already it is noticeable how much more informative and civil the posts have been. Perhaps there is less real time sparrgin going on, but that's a small price to pay for constructive debate.

The extrmists must be pulling their hair out as with tehir bile being now rejected. Perhaps they will be forced to consider more appropriate measn to partakle in disucssion.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 12:24:00 am  

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