[Imc-uk-features] startpage proposals
smithx at lineone.net
Wed Feb 14 02:27:02 PST 2007
Having seen Barbara in action on many occasions, and being totally in sympathy
with her and her cause, I can well see why some people, particularly cops,
might take exception to her behaviour and post such a comment. Much as I
disliked the comment I see no reason why it should be hidden because it does
represent a particular point of view. Do we really want to be guilty of the
sort of censorship we despise in the corporate media?
>So suppose someone set up this platform who wasn't indymedia, yet
>agreed to allow collectives to direct the comments to it. Would that
>negate the risk, or is that just a transparent device?
>I agree the comments are the weakest point and believe moderating
>them is more difficult than the articles themselves. For example here
>the last comment ends up being an accusation on censorship.
>I feel uneasy about hiding a comment that complains about hiding a
>comment so it remains.
>The original comment that was hidden was from someone who basically
>didn't like Barbara Tucker's style - calling her childish and
>provocative. There was a sound rebuttal, but of course it also got
>hidden because it was replying to something that wasn't there any
>Which had probably been allowable anyway. Guidelines on comments starts:
>"Comments: Everybody can add their own comments at the end of each
>article. Comments are subject to the guidelines for hiding. They can
>be used to:
> * State an opinion about any given posting."
>I disagree with his opinion about Barbara, but I I can't see why he
>should have been prevented from stating it. And enforcing the
>guidelines, rightly or wrongly ended up with indymedia looking bad
>and fueling the fire of those who think we're all censors with a
>Finally, the most legitimate reason for hiding the comments would be
>that they were likely to become disruptive and turn into a slanging
>match. That to my mind is the best reason for getting all comments -
>not additions or updates - off indymedia in the first place.
>At 01:10 +0000 14/2/07, freethepeeps at aktivix.org wrote:
>>Hmmm, an unmoderated site hosted by us could put the whole site at
>>- at the very least we would be providing a platform for nazis, racists
>>shudder to think who else.........
>>Ideally those who want a discussion area should provide their own - we
>>beef up the pre-publish page and enforce the guidelines more
>>stringently - that
>>would drive some of the prolific comments posters away.
>>IMHO comments are the weakest point of the site, and discourage
>>Indymedia United Kollektives editorial: features and wire moderation
>Indymedia United Kollektives editorial: features and wire moderation
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