New comment policy is not censorship

nick
Mar 23, 2010

 

After we announced that we'd be starting to require registration on the site to comment, many in the community immediately accused us of censorship. Our policy always was and continues to be that our moderators remove posts that are obscene, threatening, libelous, or defamatory, and those that contain personal attacks, personal information, and racism. That means you can criticize anyone in civil government you want, but you have to do it without using the f-word (no matter how creatively spelled).

Your biting criticism has a much better chance of improving things if it's substantive and not pointless name-calling anyway.

The fact that you now have to register is not censorship, everyone can still post all the same stuff. Only now the Register is going to have some idea of who you are -- but just the Register. We guard the identities and personal information of our online users with every shield available to us. So the venal public official you justly or unjustly criticize is never going to know who you are.

From a censorship standpoint, registration has no effect at all.

Comments

Oliver Hardy

Mr. White,
I see a much improved site and I will hold you to your words "That means you can criticize anyone in civil government you want, but you have to do it without using the f-word (no matter how creatively spelled)."

I think that we can criticize our public servants in a funny and humorous way without using vulgar words like the f-word or other very vulgar words. But I cannot understand why I cannot use the s-word which is what a vacuum cleaner does or what one does with a straw when drinking a milk shake.
One name = one user = no mistake who makes the comments.
You had better keep my information a secret or I will come over there with my big 300 pound butt and I will sit on you.

iamrevolutionary

I totally agree! This is VERY much improved and will lead to more substantive discussions. Every other paper I read and comment on has similar registration requirements. They still get their share of idiotic or racist comments, but it cuts back on them greatly.It is so nice not to have to scroll thru 50 childish or hatefilled comments, just to get to one reasonable one.
I do find it very interesting who is NOT posting comments on here.Like you say, only the Register knows....OH! Got it now!! ; }

MrSandusky

Thank You!!

Those of us with some sense know and understand that this is not censorship. This is a step in the right direction. Thank you for making the Register website a little better.

John R

I hope this works out better than the previous way. The previous way had WAY too many foul posts on it.

This might be censorship, but it is not going against the U. S. Constitution. The Constitution says that the GOVERNMENT can not censor people. This newspaper website is NOT government owned or operated by the U. S. government. This site is owned and operated by private citizens, not the government.

Therefore, the SR can censor it as much as they like. Hopefully, they will now be able to keep the creeps that post foul and disgusting posts off for good.

Only time will tell.

Conspiracy Theorist

There goes John R again with diarrhea of the mouth. The government censors people all of the time at the federal, state and local levels. Blah Blah Blah. You and alter ego Buff tried to censor people on these news boards as if only your opinions matter. TROLL!

hancrack me up

Looks like hits are down exponentionally!

lambcon

I'm glad that you are screening and eliminating the use of terms such as the f-word and others. It's like I tell my kids, It takes no talent to use words and phrases that are vulgar. These people use these terms like they use their normal bodily funtions. Again, something that takes no talent but they sure are proud of. It's as if their the only human on the planet that can pass gas or cuss. If anything it makes you look stupid because you have no other words in your vocabulary. Anyone that is able to speak can use slang terms. The talent is when you can use the synonyms of these words to make your point. Usually by using a more complicated word with more than one sylable. If nothing else maybe this will urge people to use a dictionary.

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