Gucci shoes and porn – to moderate a blog or not?

By Sallie Grayson. Filed in good and bad practice  |  
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Yesterday Ron Mader, a good friend and mentor to people and places, asked me why he had to register on this blog before he could post a comment.

My reply was that it prevented spam comments ¬†automatically appearing in the comments. And you should see some of the spam that comes in – ads for Gucci shoes and even Viagra I could live with – but the pornographic filth that arrives I could not! I am no prude but some of it is really disturbing…and that’s just the subject header.

But I had a think – we, at people and places, are constantly banging on about transparancy – and we want people to be able to post on our blog – easily – we want to remove as many barriers to the free and open exchange of information about volunteering – responsible and irresponsible. So –

we have removed the requirement to log into the blog before you post a comment – this means however that I will need to moderate all comments. What does that mean? It means that I will need to authorise a comment before it is published on the blog – that way only I have to read the filth! I will not alter a comment in any way – not even misspellings – I will make just one decision – is it spam or a genuine comment – if it is spam I will press the delete button – if not I will press the publish button – that simple.

Kerry, our wonderful and long suffering webmaster, advises against this – he is sure it will lead to even more unpleasant reading than before – we shall see.

So 2 apologies

1. For the slight delay there will be in publishing all comments- and the apparent editorial control that I will be excercising.

2.For any spam that may get thru because I pressed the wrong button!

4 Comments

  1. Comment by kate:

    So, even the technologically-challenged (such as I) can easliy post a comment – which I’m doing!
    We’ll see how this newly open and transparent system works – so come on everyone who follows our blog for its content and information – have your say and show us how well this works!
    We REALLY look forward to your input.

  2. Comment by npegler1:

    Good luck with this Sallie!!!!!!!!!
    When I am accessing the blog via wordpress I have had to delete some “adverts” because of the titles alone, I`m pretty broadminded like you but there is a limit!

  3. Comment by Ron Mader:

    Thanks, Sallie! I appreciate that you took my question as a constructive and positive critique.

    Yes, it is rather unpleasant to sort through the spam and those who do not have blogs probably have no idea of what is received behind the scenes. That said, if we’re asking for dialogue and transparency in the big world, then we need to lead by example.

    A good blog like a good story asks questions. It’s not just about pulling out the bullhorn to make an announcement. It’s more like creating a message board on which friends and strangers are invited to make a scribble. Your blog’s readers are people who value your work and who know very little about your work. The big advantage of the blog is that it makes these exchanges public. You decide what goes online.

    On the road toward substantive collaboration and meaningful communication, we’re all on the learning curve here! I’d recommend the book ‘Join the conversation’ and you’ll find some more blog tips on the Planeta Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/blogs

  4. Comment by Sallie:

    so just to let you know Ron – the spam has dramatically increased – interestingly most of it is infact SEO related ( social networking for those of you not in the know! and bu the way I know VERY little!)

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