How to Play Nice in the Comments

How to Play Nice in the Comments

I’m pretty excited about the revamped Voice of San Diego site for the reasons Scott Lewis outlines, including The Plaza, an awesome new place to post your own links. Among the many changes you’ll see on the site is this one: We are moving away from approving each comment before it appears publicly to allowing comments to display right away.

We’re no longer gatekeepers, but we’re managers of a community.

We’re still moderating comments, but we need your help. See a comment that thoughtfully encourages conversation? Promote the comment by clicking on the “Like” button. See a comment that you feel breaks our rules? Flag it so we can take a look. That will help foster the kind of debate we (and hopefully you too) want to see at VOSD.

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Here are some general guidelines (in part inspired by the good rules in place at The New York Times, The Guardian, Poynter, Mashable and NPR). Please let us know if you have any suggestions on how to improve:

1. Play nice please! Criticism in a comment is fine, whether you’re politely disagreeing with another commenter’s opinion, a politician’s policy or the journalist who wrote the story. And while people of differing opinions may disagree fiercely, we won’t ban someone from commenting just because you disagree with them.

2. We will delete comments that:

- include personal insults or attacks, lewd remarks, any hate speech or serious unsubstantiated accusations;

- accuse an individual or an organization of something illegal, criminal or possibly libelous; and

- feature spam, ads or copyrighted material beyond fair use that’s not yours.

(Update: We’ve added “lewd remarks” as the kind of comments we’ll remove.)

3. We still require real first and last names and contact information for folks to comment. If you don’t include that after we’ve asked you to, we’ll remove your account from commenting.

4. If you repeatedly violate our rules about commenting, we’ll remove your account from commenting.

5. We may repurpose with your real first and last name any comments in our stories, social media or other promotional material, or turn them into stand-alone commentaries. VOSD reporters may email you with follow-up questions if they are interested in contacting you for a story. Update to this guideline: We added “with your real first and last name”  to clarify how we will identify commenters when we repurpose comments.

6. If you comment on the site or post in The Plaza, other users can click on your screen name to see your full name. Update: This feature just got added back to the site (when we revamped the site, the feature was temporarily lost).

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Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was the former web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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wobbly2014
wobbly2014 subscriber

Better be careful with the re-zone idea....in Portland Oregon they rezoned areas near proposed commuter train stations to the highest urban level. They began construction of the rail line and then decided to not build some of the stations...but the new zoning remained in place. Now single family neighborhoods  have 3 story tall, six unit apartment buildings sitting on 6000 sq ft lots with zero setbacks (just like downtown city center) right next to two story craftsman bungalos built in 1920. But no station within half a mile.

Barry Pollard
Barry Pollard subscriber

Very good article articulated by an authentic man that is working to improve the community and safe some of our youth. He is very hands on and walks the streets anytime he feels a need to do so. day or night, talking to the kids..

Wish all organizations were as dedicated as he and "CAST".

Stay strong and keep up the good work!

DDunn
DDunn subscriber

So, what happened to the comment section of your Education articles/as well as a recent posted (then gone) comment?

DDunn

Will Dawson
Will Dawson subscriber

Porters comments seem to be a reflection of Steven Erie's " Paradise Plundered" and mike Davis' "Under the Perfect Sun" If you are well

off and on the inside San Diego is a great place, but if you are not the continuing choke hold of rising costs and deteriorating services will eventually force thousands of citizens and many businesses to leave for areas where they will be better served and Lower taxed and regulated.

The " City Boosters" have and still control what happens here and reap millions in benefits from taxpayers and politicians. The John Moores promise "If you build it, I will pay for it" is just one of the many ways this City continues to be taken advantage of by the money and power brokers.

Voters stay away in droves and then complain about the decline of streets, Police, Libraries, Fire Service, Parks and schools, as if they are not aware of the connection.

Welcome to San Diego, " The World's Largest Small Town"

" We have met the enemy and he is us"(Walt Kelly"

The sun still shines but the costs are steep

Will Dawson

San Diego 92111

Since 1945

uaplumber
uaplumber

One can see that the religious intolerance espoused by several of the commentators and the blatant "who cares" statement shows that bigots still abound both in La Jolla and the readership of The Voice. Does "their" GOD need a cross or he/she will get mad and send us all to hell (which may or may not exist)? I am amazed at the lengths that some will go to show what "good" Christians they are while at the same time showing no resemblance to Jesus or his supposed teachings at all. This cross has been a lightning rod for emotional and non reasoning incantations for so long that DeMaio now seems to relish in rehashing the knee jerk reasons for the controversy thus stirring up misguided passions to prove a non point in his selection of misstatements to garner a prominent position in the upcoming election. Shame on him and any who support this nonsense and I hope that the Supreme Court puts an end to this controversy and lets the memorial to veterans stand but allows for the removal of the "religious" symbol which adds nothing to the respect due to those who served and died in defense of our country.

DeMaio needs to go and so does this and any other "religious symbol" on public government property as required in the US Constitution under the establishment clause. Lets not be persuaded by those who claim to "know" that Christianity is the only true way and that without such symbols as the cross and 10 commandments, etc., that we shall all cease to exist as free people and free thinkers. Heading into a bright and prosperous future demands that we , as a group, cast off the shackles of the past and prepare a new generation to lead us with honesty and integrity and stop the demagoguery as touted by DeMaio. Religions (all, from the Greeks multitude of choices to present day Christianity, Islam, Budism, Jewish, etc.) from time immemorial have done humanity a disservice and need to be classed as artifacts from which knowledge should be gleaned but taken in context as delusional guilt response evoking meant to keep the masses under control and in the "mysterious" dark when facing both turmoil in life the ultimate end for all in death. The cross atop the mountain will do nothing to improve ones life now or afterlife (if there is one, which I doubt) and should be done away with in the name of freedom for ALL!

Spicy Ming
Spicy Ming

I wish the chargers and spanos family would leave town. I believe money is better spent on supporting our college teams. Go San Diego State, Go USD, Go UCSD. Teams that would truly appreciate a little financial love.

Richard Ross
Richard Ross

It's getting to be a real (pardon my French) P.I.A to leave a comment in the media these days. They want either your name or web name plus a password. When I was growing up I got a cake of Ivory soap inmy mouth if I said the word "damn." Now days I hear young women using four letter words all around the city.

Richard Ross
Richard Ross subscribermember

It's getting to be a real (pardon my French) P.I.A to leave a comment in the media these days. They want either your name or web name plus a password. When I was growing up I got a cake of Ivory soap inmy mouth if I said the word "damn." Now days I hear young women using four letter words all around the city.

Chip Cogswelle
Chip Cogswelle

I'm trying to post a comment, and have looked at the play nice rules, but my comment post doesn't work on the article--yet this post page works! NEVER MIND. It now seems to work.

Chip Cogswelle
Chip Cogswelle subscriber

I'm trying to post a comment, and have looked at the play nice rules, but my comment post doesn't work on the article--yet this post page works! NEVER MIND. It now seems to work.

Don Wood
Don Wood

Fine. I read the guidelines and agree with them, now how do I go back to the article I wanted to comment on? Your system doesn't appear to allow that.

Don Wood
Don Wood subscriber

Fine. I read the guidelines and agree with them, now how do I go back to the article I wanted to comment on? Your system doesn't appear to allow that.

Chris Brewster
Chris Brewster

How about no profanity? That should only be permitted in articles like Ms. Libby's profile today of Jim Jones. (Kidding, it should not be allowed in articles either.)

Chris Brewster
Chris Brewster subscribermember

How about no profanity? That should only be permitted in articles like Ms. Libby's profile today of Jim Jones. (Kidding, it should not be allowed in articles either.)

Catherine Green
Catherine Green moderator memberadministrator

@DDunn  Hi D, not sure what you mean - there was never a comment section on the Education narrative page (http://voiceofsandiego.org/category/education/) but all the comments on Education stories are still there! And I don't see a flagged comment from you on the admin side - did one of yours disappear?

Will Dawson
Will Dawson subscriber

Amen to that. I am a football fan, but I will not approve or support another billion dollar give away. The Spanos can take the Chargers to any city that wants to hand them a

$ 1,500,000,000,00 check from taxpayers. We have Petco to show how locals get totally skewed.

Dagny Salas
Dagny Salas

Hi Don, Does hitting the back button on your browser work? If you came from the article you wanted to comment on, that should do the trick. Let me know, thanks.

Richard Ross
Richard Ross subscribermember

I agree with hiscomment

Dagny Salas
Dagny Salas memberadministrator

Hi Don, Does hitting the back button on your browser work? If you came from the article you wanted to comment on, that should do the trick. Let me know, thanks.

Dagny Salas
Dagny Salas

Hi Chris, Thanks for your thoughts on this.

Dagny Salas
Dagny Salas memberadministrator

Hi Chris, Thanks for your thoughts on this.