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

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

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!

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