Cleaning up Town Square
Original post made by Emily West on Oct 11, 2010
Commenting on news stories and taking part in forums has become the norm for news stories. Yet, those in the newsroom are still trying to figure out how best to manage these online discussions. After all, moderating anonymous posts wasn't part of our journalism school curriculum. When walking around town, I hear both positive and negative feedback from readers about our forum. Everyone seems to enjoy the ability to comment and be part of the news process. Yet, there is some frustration with the mean-spirited and sometimes just plain stupid comments that go on. We hear you.
As we work toward making Town Square a place of respectful discussion, we are also looking to you, our readers, to help. We are grateful to those who click "report objectionable content" links when a post or comment has gotten out of hand. By clicking these links, it alerts the editors to the objectionable items and we deal with them as soon as possible.
Our goal isn't to stifle debate and discussion, just to achieve a level of decorum.
on Oct 12, 2010 at 7:18 am
Dear Emily, Gina and Dolores,
Thank you and best wishes in your efforts to move this discussion forum toward respectful consideration of issues and interests of your readers. I will encourage you to be engaged in the discussions going forward bringing updates, further definition and journalism to the discussions. I will encourage the pseudonyms that willingly defame and disrespect others to focus on content in their perspectives on issues.
It is a challenging task that should be part of overall achievement of what The Danville Weekly is in definition: a well-presented, fair and balanced review of local events and issues focused on the needs and interests of intelligent, experienced readers. I applaud your interest in once again achieving that goal.
Harald A. Bailey
Member, CDSI Research Fellowship
North America and Asia
on Oct 12, 2010 at 8:30 am
Something hits me the wrong way on this one.
When I think of the "Town Square Forum" I think of a platform downtown where citzens can step up and speak to issues of the day.
I really don't envision that the person must identify oneself or be subject to scrutiny & removal by the local 'newspaper journalist'.
Moreover, I find it highly suspicious that the journalist would accede to an anonymous 3rd party's request to remove me from that platform without reason, explanation or appeal.
I vote NO on the CENSOR POLICE.
on Oct 12, 2010 at 9:00 am
Thank you Emily!!
All websites have a right and even a responsibility to be sure that their websites are used for positive discussion, not spreading of hate, bullying, or mean-spirited debate.
I applaud your efforts and wish you the best of luck. I truly hope you can turn it back into a town forum instead of the negative soap box it has become.