Thanks for your input on blog control.
As I said before, our goal is to foster candid conversation. We don't like trash talk any better than the rest of you who don't like trash talk.
We are pondering some changes that would allow us more control, but I have to be persuaded first that a different, more cumbersome format will be worthwhile in actually bringing the intended results.
I know you all think it's as simple as a flick of a keystroke, but the reality is that it isn't. For instance:
- If we were to approve or disapprove of each comment as it came in, we'd become drones tied to our computers (those of you who think we already are can just stifle it right there) and the comments would be significantly delayed.
- I tried once upon a time deleting offensive comments as they came in, but I found that it had a significantly deleterious effect on my life. I'm sure you can appreciate our lack of interest in working 24/7, not to mention the laws against it.
- The story chat system on the Free Press main Web site allows for offensive people to be barred, and we might switch to something like that, but if you've ever scrolled story chat I think you'll agree that it's not completely free of rudeness and the conversation is not always productive.
In the meantime, I recommend you disregard JWCoop's comments entirely.
- Terri Hallenbeck