Why?


By Yvetta
August 31, 2010
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Michael Gottlieb posted a blog on 30 August. An "anonymous" moderator has now closed comments for that blog. Yet two blogs opened that same day, by ibrows and clevenson, are still open for comments - as they should be, for many of us have not the opportunity to read blogs on here the very same day that they are posted.
Michael's beautifully written blog seems to have been closed to comments absurdly prematurely.
Of late, too many blogs have been closed to comments rather before what can reasonably be considered their natural expiry date. Sometimes blogs quickly degenerate into slanging matches, and I can understand their speedy closure, but it is surely counter-productive to close perfectly good blogs as quickly as is done to some.
I can remember a time when few people blogged on here. This new policy is likely to drive us all away.

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happygoldfish

Tue, 08/31/2010 - 13:07

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i agree

some blogs have been closed for no apparent reason

moderators should give a reason when closing a blog

(and a "feedback and announcements forum", as on most similar sites, would be useful)


DLeigh-Ellis

Tue, 08/31/2010 - 22:48

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It's usually pretty obvious why a thread has been closed on this website, as you say, it's because the dialogue has become so far removed from the topic that it has just devolved into vitriolic abuse.


Yvetta

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 13:05

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Well, I wanted to post a question to a poster on ibrows' blog of 30 August, only to find it too has been closed. Daft policy. Blogs have a natural way of dying. I don't like this premature euthanasia of lively blogs.


Yvetta

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 21:28

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Jon's blog on Melanie P. has been born - and killed off - on the same day.
This is simoly caopricious and preposterous.
It gives no opportunity for discussion or to reply to others' posts that specify oneself.
Who is the anonymous despot?
I think we should be told.


Yvetta

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 21:29

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simply capricious


mattpryor

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 18:28

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I agree, I was also disappointed that the blog about anti-Semitism within Islam was closed off - it promised to be a really honest exchange of views (until the usual suspects derailed it with abuse).

I don't see the need to close comments on blogs at all. Let them die a natural death. Just improve the blog navigation so that spam posts by i****s etc don't hide all the useful / interesting posts by others.


happygoldfish

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 07:16

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yvetta, it is clear why ibrows' blog was closed … the last 24 posts were almost all personal abuse and taunting (and a few on the totally off-topic bnp) (that was International pressure upon Israel is rising as peace talks approach)

similarly, the posts on A Must Read Article From Melanie Phillips were almost entirely personal abuse or on the totally off-topic jabotinsky

in other words, dleigh-ellis was right about those two, at least

however i agree with you that some blogs are closed for no apparent reason

eg, my own recent blog, 'meat from humane slaughter without stunning', was killed after only 15 comments and 2 days, without any personal abuse or off-topic-ing

and ibrows' blog, Déjà vu as continued illegal Jewish settlements undermine the peace talks, was killed after only 10 comments and 2 days, without any off-topic-ing, and with only 1 instance of personal abuse

and the same has happened to other blogs

perhaps the oddest example that comes to mind is the killing within 2 days of the blog on jan karski (misleadingly entiltled First Blog - Israeli Krav International) which has only 4 comments, and seems totally unexceptionable

i really don't think it matters that the moderator is anonymous, but it does matter that no reason is given

and the moderators would be better employed deleting personal abuse as soon as it occurs, rather than waiting until it gets so bad that the blog has to be killed

happygoldfish

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 16:37

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and why has A priestly malediction suddenly been closed 6 days after the last comment?


mattpryor

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 17:29

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Since the JC website is a free service the opinions of its users are just that, but I hope the mods / devs listen so that the site can be improved (even further). I think this is a fantastic news resource and many of the blogs and subsequent discussions are very enlightening. There is also a nice friendly community here which it would be a shame to lose because of the behaviour of a few posters.

I expect mods on all community sites have the same problems - especially on a site like this where many of the discussions are focused on such contentious issues.

Maybe we should start a new discussion on suggested improvements / ideas?

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