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Respectful discourse

The reason you have arived here is probably due to the fact that the owner of this web site has deemed some portion of a comment as flamebait.

While I am not sure of many things, here are a few things I do believe:

Given the above, I would like to find a solution less drastic than disabling comments, blocking of ip address, or wholesale removal of comments. That being said, I do reserve the right to selectively employ one or more of the above in situations I feel warrant it.

At the moment, the best solution I have come up with is to mark up the portions I find objectionable with links to this page. No words are addded, deleted, or rearranged in the process.

Suggestions are welcome.

No hitting

Status update: I've adjusted the html tags I use to annotate weblog comments.  Instead of merely a <del> tag, I now use a hypertext link: one with a title of flamebait, and a link to a page where further information and discussion... [more]

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What would really make this interesting is if other readers could mark bits of text in a given comment as flamebait, not just Sam.

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There are third-party products that do that, Annotea, ThirdVoice, CritLink, and Yawas are a few that come up in a quick search.

Posted by Ken MacLeod at

This is a great idea, and I'm implementing it on my own weblog.  It has the added benefit that, if people just read your site for the entertaining flames, they're now much easier to find.  Kind of like those trashy romance novels that put all the sex scenes in italics.

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I've updated my HTML markup to match Mark's.  This should make it easier for people who wish to apply their own stylesheets.

Posted by Sam Ruby at

I think making parts of a comment bright red only serves to draw attention to them, but maybe its just me that is reading only the 'deleted' parts.

Posted by Trevor at

Trevor: refresh.  I reverted it back to a more muted blue (same as links, just not bold) last night.

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Bite that dog

Sam Ruby now has a policy by which he'll cross out (not delete) comments he considers flamebait. An interesting idea,...... [more]

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Setting a few things straight

Help me find better choice, and I will gladly choose it.  Until then, I plan to continue to respect the roadmaps.  Both of them. Dave is providing feedback.  Here's my responses:  I have a policy. This weblog will follow this... [more]

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Comment policies

Sam Ruby has a policy for his blog's comment section. He edits comments he considers flames with strikethrough and coloring and makes them link to his policy page. Mark Pilgrim uses a similar policy at his weblog. Danny Ayers' policies sort of do... [more]

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Atom discussions

Randy Charles Morin:  I could not have said it better myself... [more]

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Bloggers on patrol

The web today is a-flutter with calls for new “standards” to fight back against the increasing problem of hostility in the world of blogging. This comes on the back of a spate of unpleasant, unprovoked attacks on various bloggers...

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Joanne: if you’re following this thread, I would appreciate a public apology and a complete retraction of your false accusation, as well as confirmation of the fact that these pictures were licensed under a Creative Commons Sharealike license when...

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