It took just a few seconds, it was reasonable and considered, yet, amazingly, a suggestion from David Slack of Island Life has achieved what The Standard and many others have been pleading for years: the cleaning up of the filth at Kiwiblog.
David Slack accurately described Kiwiblog as “a little crucible for rabid bigoted unthinking cruelty . . . and . . . a blight on on-line society that needs to be reined in”. The audio of David Slack’s piece can be heard 12:53 into the second half of The Panel discussion here.
David Slack’s comments were in response to Farrar’s defence for Kiwiblog when he claimed he was unable to monitor “500 comments a day” and there was little he could do to temper the nature of the comments that were posted. David Slack challenged this, suggesting that being “too busy” might not be an adequate defence in defamation proceedings and urged Farrar to consider adopting a moderation system and . . . hey presto!.
Farrar says that for the next four days commencing today and excluding his General Debate orgy “all other threads will be moderated/censored and posts that are even moderately offtopic, trollish, abusive will be deleted or edited”.
Well done to Farrar for responding positively and many, many thanks to David Slack.
[actually, David gets about 300 comments a typical weekday, like we do. It’s not so much to moderate. Initially we didn’t have moderation and we got threads that were just 200+ comment flamewars. So we sorted it: Came down hard on the vile ones at the outset. Banned who we had to. Set the spam filter for key words ‘dykocracy’,’feminazis’, that kind of thing. Comment numbers fell initially but they were soon be replaced by a better class of commentator. We have to delete very few comments these days because the rats stop bothering to try. While I wish David every success, he did try moderation a while back but it failed because he appointed partisan moderators. Hopefully, this time is better.]