Does the Freethought Blog Regularly “Ban” People We Disagree With?by jason on Jan. 25, 2012, under Uncategorized
Some recent comments require me to addres those who feel they or others have been “banned” in the comment forum of this blog:
(1) A comment held for moderation is not “banned” and does not usually indicate that the poster is “banned”. I approve the overwhelming majority of comments held for moderation. There is only one person (“RH” and his pseudonyms) for whom a significant number of posts have been not approved since I’ve been running the blog, and in that case it was for repetition and off-topic comments, not because of disagreement over ideas.
(2) The site’s moderation filter is very fickle and unpredictable. I can *add* things to the filter (usernames, specific words, etc.) that will result in comments being held, and a comment with “dirty” words or more than one hyperlink will reliably get held. But most of the time a comment is held for moderation, I have no good explanation for why the system held it and no apparent way to keep similar comments from being held in the future. Do not assume that if one of your comments is held for moderation, the next comment will also be held. Do not assume that if one of your comments is held for moderation, it is because I wanted it held.
(3) There is a separate filter for spam that I don’t even see nor approve comments out of. If something you’re posting is getting caught by the spam filter I think the page notifies you and drops the comment altogether. If that happens it’s probably because you used words commonly associated with spam. All I can suggest is try rewording your comment and resubmitting.
(4) In case it wasn’t clear from the above or from my past behavior: I am very reluctant to deliberately ban anyone and will do so only in extreme cases (if you were around when RH was completely free of moderation, you have some idea of what I mean by “extreme”). I’ll also comment publicly on the banning and the reasons for it. Unless you see a comment from me stating that you’re being deliberately banned/moderated, and why, then I didn’t ban you.