Over the past couple of months the discussion on this blog have been lively and intense on a variety of topics about entertainment, politics and identity issues. More than 90% percent of the conversation has been welcome. But a recent string of comments have proved downright nasty; more concerning to me is the dialogue that has included personal attacks against particular individuals and groups of people. More importantly, many people writing these comments hide behind anonymous screen handles and avatars that don’t show their identity.
This changes today.
Effective immediately, 8Asians Community Managers are going to be more pro-active in moderating, deleting and banning comments that personally attack a person or a group of people, especially if it comes from a user account that does not reveal any identifying information about themselves.
- Comments are a place for reasonable discussion, argument, debate, and dissent, all of which are welcome and encouraged.
- Personal attacks against other commenters are not permitted. You may question or argue about content, but not attack individuals. Comments that devolve into ad hominem attacks, intentionally bait others, or are deliberately disruptive may be deleted, and failure to respect fellow participants could result in removal or blocked access.
- Commenters must now have a real name as well as a profile photo. As we currently use the LiveFyre commenting platform, commenters can easily attach their identity by logging in LiveFyre through Facebook, or you may add a photo to your LiveFyre profile directly. While we will not instantaneously ban an anonymous comment, we are more likely to delete comments that are aggressive towards other people or groups of people if they don’t have a name or a profile photo.
- If you see a comment that deserves the the attention of an 8Asians Community Manager, click on the “flag” link beneath their comment and we will remove it if it violates our comment policy.