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March 2, 2007

Blog Comment Guidelines: Help Me Write Them

Posted by Hunter

In an effort to ensure that this remains a fun place to hang out and discuss the gaming industry, casino design and other interesting topics, I've decided to implement a set of comment guidelines.

All comments will be required to adhere to these guidelines or they will be removed/edited.

I'd like your feedback on what these guidelines should be like - how can we maintain civility without restricting the flow of conversation?

Continue after the jump...

The goal is not to single out anyone - everyone (including me I guess) will be held to the same standard. Of course, there is a certain degree of subjectivity in anything like this but such is life.

LVTalk has a good set that seem reasonable:

The other thing I'm considering is *requiring* people to register to post comments. This seems like a minor point to me and actually is much more convenient for you since your comments aren't held for moderation and you don't have to enter a password every time. Still, many regular posters have never signed up so I'm wondering if there's something that people don't like about this idea.

My goal isn't to create a massively regulated environment, just to keep things civil so we can spend our time talking about interesting things instead of wasting energy on distractions.

Ok, so, suggestions? Thoughts?


Read archived comments (10 so far)
March 3, 2007 5:23 AM Posted by Pikes

I could live without the swearing...

March 3, 2007 9:28 AM Posted by DavidF


Back both of these ideas 100%. Exactly as you say this has not been a �fun� place to hang out of recent and without pointing fingers it�s down to the �holier than thou� stance taken, i.e. you don�t agree with me, therefore you must be ignorant and/or don�t hang out in the circles that I do.

To be quite frank its put me off posting, because I really have better things to do than have to try and think ahead of what the consequences might be, even if those consequences may turn out to be little more than empty threats.

Don�t get me wrong I am not asking �Can�t we all just get along�. I have always said that variety is the spice of life, but I don�t think it�s too much to ask that everyone�s opinion is respected. If I wanted to participate in Junior High School Style Mudslinging/Sulking/Stubbornness I can go back to hanging out in USENET.

Regarding Logging on, I did go to the trouble of creating a typekey, my problem is laziness, I look at ratevegas from several computers and since I can post without logging in, I do. I don�t believe it would be a problem for anyone to create an account to have to post. After all the majority of forums make you do this. Having said that in order to do this via typekey I had to log in via Firefox, as Internet Exploder wouldn�t recognize the login, and I seem to remember having login problems in the past�

March 3, 2007 11:30 AM Posted by Hunter

If we go for required logins, I'll make sure that it works properly from all major browsers on both major platforms - good point.

Unless there are reasonable objections, I'll be adopting rules similar or the same as posted in the link above...

They will be posted somewhere here for reference.

March 3, 2007 12:56 PM Posted by detroit1051

I'm in favor of the LV Talk kind of guidelines. They're common sense. I enjoy everyone's unique perspective but take everything on the internet with a grain of salt. I wouldn't want this blog to lose its civility as some of the Yahoo stock message boards have.
I use Internet Explorer and have never had a problem using TypeKey.

March 3, 2007 1:52 PM Posted by Mike P.

I don't really object to required registration, but I don't quite see how it helps. You don't seem to get a lot of anonymous drive by trolls. It's the regulars who sometimes get a little overheated.

LVtalk's guidelines are fine and seem like common sense to me also.

Mike P.

March 3, 2007 2:41 PM Posted by Hunter

Requiring logins would allow, if necessary, the banning of users that can't adhere to the guidelines.

The downside is that it makes it slightly harder to write comments and thus at least somewhat discourages participation.

March 3, 2007 2:53 PM Posted by hail2skins

Detroit, which Yahoo message board is the old crew (hclv, Brigam, etc.) posting on now? I miss reading their insights..............

March 3, 2007 4:45 PM Posted by Tom M

I agree with the new rules. I am not a big fan of some of the boorish behavior displayed by some of the posters and have refrained from posting more frequently as a result. I read this blog every day because there are alot of informed and interesting opinions. However, I can't stand it when it devolves into a reality tv like hissy fit. I will do whatever login is necessary to move this back to a civil discussion where disagreement is welcome and name calling and bullying is not.

March 3, 2007 4:54 PM Posted by detroit1051

Hi Hail2skins. I hope to see you post here often!
Things haven't been the same on Yahoo since the AZR Board disappeared, but H, Brig and others can sometimes be found on the BYD and ISLE boards. H also posts on the BRK-A Board.

March 5, 2007 5:07 AM Posted by Brett

I really think that evidence of posting under multiple handles should be grounds for permanant banning. It destroys the integrity of the board.

I don't want to get involved in the other thread that is very heated, but I think it's a perfect example of how the wrong people can hijack and ruin an otherwise great blog.

Thanks for all your efforts here Hunter.