Living for the Revel (catvalente) wrote,
Living for the Revel

This Blog Is Now Moderated By The Iron Fist of Elizabeth Bennet


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I'm sorry that it's come to this, but grateful if the new rules keep you writing so beautifully into the vast internet space.
My utmost respects to Miss Bennet, and I hope she will not find herself called upon too often.

An iron-fisted, civilized and literary response to an unfortunate situation. Well played, well played.

Plus I get to use my Miss Bennet icon. But I might have to make a Thunderdome icon -- currently I use 7-of-9 before Federation interference for trolls. (grin)

Dr. Phil
I have always admired your patience and stance on the import of allowing people (even when negative) to say their piece in this space. I am a rather impatient person, and while I cognitively recognize some of the advantages and nice things about open commenting, my personality dictates that I would bring down the hammer so hard and fast Thor would be all, "wtf? yr making me look bad." So kudos to you for investing the time into having a more balanced system, and for also always being so passionate about nurturing this community. We love you, despite having never met you, and this blog has allowed us to know you to some extent. Also, (as my last name is Bennett, and I have a fondness for P&P) Miss Bennett heartily approves. ;)
Fate forfend that I ever become internet famous, but if I do, I will model my moderation policy on this.
I don't comment often, but the times I have it has always been an interesting and worthy experience. I support you doing whatever you need to do with your space to encourage thoughtful discussion and cut down the signal to noise ratio that drowns us all in static and madness.

My day job is actually moderation, for commercial websites. (And for fun I volunteer my services to help moderate the website for a popular web series.) Moderation can be thankless and exhausting at times. You will wonder if anyone ever bothered to read the guidelines. I highly recommend a notepad of standard text to use when dealing with emails/comments. A line or two about "you've been banned" or "this is unacceptable behavior because REASONS" or whatever works.

You'll think initially that you won't have to type something five hundred times because surely people will see and get it, or eventually people will learn not to do something. But it comes in handy and makes it much more efficient to deal with certain situations. (Like say, waking up to find three hundred comments in a thread about ridiculous drama... oh internets.) Plus, not all your trolls deserve personalized rejection letters. Fuck 'em.

Good luck in this new chapter of internet life.
I will add this in.
What you've written here is entirely reasonable. Here's hoping it leads to a jerk-free journal.
These rules all sound highly reasonable and well-thought-out. I am sorry you had to pull them out, but glad to be part (however small) of a community in which these are the laws.
You have a much greater blog readership than I - but I've had the no-anonymous-comments policy in place for years (partly because I can be a vaguely political target, given my ethnic background (which I do not hide) and my occasional vigorous defense of that against uninformed trolls who always know better than I possibly could, natch.) I also have a moderation layer that only people on my friends list are able to post comments directly - anyone else, even if they do have an LJ account and handle, gets screened FIRST, before they ever see the light of day on my journal.

What happens next is that I get a notification that I had a "screened" comment which I can glance at in my LJ-filter inbox - and if necessary I can simply delete right there. If it's a decent comment by someone who just ddoesn't happen to be on a white-list, I'll leave it up. If not, it's just gone. You're right, my journal, my rules.

Good luck.
"My peace of mind is more important than your right to talk in my space."

This seems the height of reasonableness to me. Best wishes to you as you go forward.
I'm glad you are deciding to do this rather than drop out of LJ or blogging all together, as some people have had to do. Kudos to Miss Bennet.
This is so cool.

Is it okay to repost this as long as I leave a link back to it to attribute it to you? Because this moderation policy is delicious.
Wow I go away for a couple of days and all kinds of shit hits the fan1 Don't know what I missed, but I'm sorry you had to suffer asshats, and I hope this new policy sorts it all out. I'll still be reading.
While the need for this sucks, the execution is marvelously clever and amusing. Go you.
I laughed. Thank you. XD
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