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FEEDBACK – ArmchairMayor.ca continues to welcome comments, but….

ArmchairMayor.ca is pleased to confirm a policy of welcoming comments from the public. Quite a number of media have stopped accepting comments due to cyber-bullying.

Kamloops This Week, for example, has stopped publishing comments on its website, though it accepts letters to the editor.  In making the announcement a couple of weeks ago, it cited growing nastiness in comments as the reason.

While comments will continue to be encouraged at ArmchairMayor.ca, there will be a condition. Any comment that includes an insult to anyone will be deleted. Words like “idiot” and “stupid” and “moron” are clear giveaways that the discussion has degenerated from useful and respectful opinion into name-calling.

This policy will apply both to the ArmchairMayor.ca website and to the Facebook page. Comments tend to be more civil on the website (for which I’m grateful) than on Facebook but an eye will be kept on both.

Any use of derogatory language aimed at individuals or of unfounded accusations, or of foul language, will result in the entire comment being deleted, even if the rest of the comment offers thoughtful opinions. The ArmchairMayor.ca website and its Facebook page are a personal project done in the furtherance of public debate, and administration is a one-person operation. As such, unfortunately, I simply don’t have the time to edit out the offending parts of comments and then publish the rest.

A repeat of comments that stray from opinions on issues and into personal insults or inappropriate language will result in the commenter being blocked.

Today, by the way, is anti-bullying day, with the focus this year being on cyber-bullying, so it’s a good time to issue this plea for civility. Let’s have a respectful conversation.

— Mel Rothenburger

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About Mel Rothenburger (6477 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

3 Comments on FEEDBACK – ArmchairMayor.ca continues to welcome comments, but….

  1. I also support your decision to edit for civility.Even though at times the article I respond to is anything but.I do wonder why KTW can’t edit in the same way.They stopped publishing my letters a few years back not because I was uncivil but because I held them accountable for a “racially profilling cartoon”.I will continue to be as objective as I can but people must understand that subjectivity is also important .Emotional content or wording is valid because emotional reward is humanities main reason for doing anything.
    Emotional reward is why we work our butts off the get a high paying job so we can buy emotionally rewaeding toys.Or work towards emotionally destructive actions by others.
    Thanks Mel.freedom of speach needs you and the venue that your site provides.

  2. Dear Mel

    I respect you. Please tell me if anything I have written to you is uncivil. It is important to me that I understand. I support your position to not publish what I write.

    Respectfully Yours, R. Marcus Lowe

    • Tony Brumell, I have had the same issues with KTW. They would randomly censor my comments when they didn’t like it when I held them accountable or their policitical masters acountable, and all without name calling or derogatory comments. Hard hitting questions and comments in order to get to the truth, but never insulting with name calling or unfounded accusations or foul language or anything. Even when I could reference what I was saying or whatever, still delete. But I think it was largely WHO was doing it that day. As SOMETIMES they were approved, but the wording changed or whatever. So I think several different people where moderating the comments and letters and it depended on who you got that day.

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