[Imc-oxford] Article 296981
spanner at riseup.net
Wed Sep 1 03:52:07 PDT 2004
> If it was a moderated list or forum (and if I was the mod), I'd vaporise
> Jim's posts in a heartbeat, because he's obviously an arsehole. But it's
> supposedly an open newswire, and he hasn't obviously violated any
> guideline - it's not sexist, racist, party-political, spam, or
> otherwise commercial. Rudeness isn't banned, I believe, nor is dimness.
> Anyhow, I think Jim's posts should stay, because they make it so
> abundantly clear that he's a pompous prick.
Some IMCs have ruled that "comment on this article" means exactly that,
and abusive comments against another poster are not allowed. This goes
some way toward stopping pointless flame wars like this. Commenting on
IMC is meant for clarifying and correcting articles, not having a
We still don't have any guidelines on "what is a troll". Posters like
Jim carefully skirt the existing ones, but a troll is still a troll.
Another idea that's got some support is to move comments off the article
page onto a separate discussion page, but no-one's come forward yet with
both the time and skill to implement this in Mir.
Until it does get implemented, trolls like Jim and Roger can happily
wreck any article they feel like.
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