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Comment Policy

There seems to be some confusion about our policy regarding comments.

Ephblog is also removing comments.

I added one this morning to the Bozeman post questioning whether sending Maxim is ever appropriate. It was deleted and comments seem to have been disabled for that story. What’s going on?

As always, a good play to start is with the FAQ.

Why did you delete my comment?

Because it was rude or obnoxious or off-topic or trollish. We delete comments all the time. We welcome deletion suggestions from readers. Our goal is to create an Eph conversation, an on-line analogue to all the discussion and debate which occurs in the classes and dining halls of Williams. Sharp comments and pointed rebukes are welcome. If you think that someone’s argument is stupid or racist or pathetic, then write that (and back it up). But (true) comments like “Dave is ugly” will be removed. The truth is no defense against a charge of bad manners.

Note that comment removal is always a judgment call. Various authors — including our soon-to-be-announced Board of Directors — have the power to remove/edit any comment/post at any time. Eric Smith and I end up doing most of the removal, but others can and do. Also, we occasionally set up the post to not allow comments at all. Any author has the power to edit/delete comments on the thread that he starts.

In the case of the Bozeman post, Stewart’s intention was to notify EphBlog readers about Bozeman’s contact information. He thought that at least one of the comments was obnoxiously off-topic. He was unaware of the magic button in MovableType that allows one to turn off comments for a specific post. He has decided not to allow comments on this thread and, I suspect, future Adopt-An-Eph postings.

And this is his right as an EphBlog author. If you don’t like it, then the solution is simple: Join EphBlog! Start a thread yourself. If, for example, you think it would be interesting to talk about the Eph distribution among the enlisted and officer ranks, then start that conversation. If you wonder about how many Ephs like Maxim and whether or not they should, you can talk about that.

Since our policies are always evolving, please suggest your preferred changes below. Comments on this thread are open!

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#1 Comment By PTC On August 26, 2007 @ 6:54 am

Fair enough David. I still think it shows that some people cannot take a joke, or look at Zero v. E man realationships in our military with a little humor in good fun. Ah well.

#2 Comment By frank uible On August 26, 2007 @ 7:15 am

May comments such as “Dave is ugly”, which are demonstrably true, be deleted?

#3 Comment By Anonymous On August 26, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

“Red-Lining” comments? What’s the point in saying anything.

The former Soviet Union was like that. Everyone pointing fingers. Everyone afraid to look askance much less intimate. Look at the results of this miracle of governance. Their heaven on earth.

Greatness comes from the soul of a people. Take that away and you have nothing.

Delete all you want.

#4 Comment By frank uible On August 26, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

Get up off your ass and form and operate your own blog on your own terms, but in any event stop complaining about how another person runs his blog.

#5 Comment By Eric On August 26, 2007 @ 9:32 pm

Maybe it is just me, but comments about frustrations over perceived censorship are somehow less powerful when made anonymously.

#6 Comment By David ’06 On August 26, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

Is there a Soviet Russia equivalent for Godwin’s law? Just wondering.

#7 Comment By Anonymous On August 26, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

This is not a Williams College blog?

Then who’s is it UI-ble?:

Where are the complaints except from your corner?

#8 Comment By Anonymous On August 27, 2007 @ 12:42 am

No one was complaining about deleated comments. Not really. The poster was wondering why those comments were deleated?

Simple answer. The Marine Corps.

Only Marines could be belt fed enough to be offended by such comments and have them deleated! I blame the Corps!!

#9 Comment By PTC On August 27, 2007 @ 12:43 am

The above comment was made by me, and yes, I am kidding. What the heck would I know, I am just a taxi driver anyhow!

#10 Comment By frank uible On August 27, 2007 @ 3:41 am

It is a blog created and operated by David Kane – Williams College has no influence or control over it.

#11 Comment By Anonymous On August 28, 2007 @ 12:24 am

Then we should give this blog a proper title:

kaneBLOG.com

#12 Comment By frank uible On August 28, 2007 @ 1:07 am

Call it what you like, but as far as I know, David Kane continues to call it EphBlog.

#13 Comment By Eric On August 28, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

Were it called KaneBlog, that would be accurate, in that he is a Kane – genetically – and therefore carries the title.

Likewise, were it called EphBlog (after all, it is), that too would be accurate – in that he went to Williams and therefore is an Eph, carrying that title.

Now I believe in actuality that the “EphBlog” moniker is from the fact that it discusses Eph related items. My above analogy is only referencing the point made about what it “should” be called, showing how even that logic is wrong if the anon troll is going to give it a shot to run down that path.

#14 Comment By Anonymous On September 1, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

We need to bring out the best in our people, whether they are Ephs and/or visitors. The quality of a blog is in its content and form. Restricting comments are ok if you are posting to your group.

Wish you the best in whatever choices you embark upon.