My take on rude comments in our blogs
I have recent encounters with visitors who post comments that rudely attack other people.
One example is that reader from Valencia City in Bukidnon who posted expletives against their former mayor. He has accused the former chief executive of alleged corruption, tolerating drug trade, and spawning extra-judicial killings.
The comment was attached to “Reporter’s Notebook: Bukidnon politics: still a family affair,” which I posted on April 3. It was a report by MindaNews editor H. Marcos Mordeno.
The reputation of the mayor was really questioned, especially after losing a reelection bid.
There was this blogger, too, who vent snide on my post on Davao’s Chevrolet taxi cabs. It was annoying, to be honest, but amusing above all because it revealed the person behind the blog.
At least, she provided a link to her blog, which helped me see she was just thinking out loud.
That’s my point. Bloggers should be accountable for the comments they make.
I have no problems with those rude comments.
I personally think blogging is a form of our freedom of expression. The last time I checked, we are still in a free country!
But I personally believe those who make these kinds of comments should not be anonymous. It is unfair for the administrator of a blog to be a possible target of the ire of the attacked person.
There are recent calls for responsible blogging. Yes, I find it an important consideration not only for lofty “world peace” ideals, but a practical one even for a blogger’s own protection.
I believe blogging should be used by individuals and organizations for useful self expression. It is a gift for any able user.
But I think there should be enough space reserved for respect and fairness— crucial ideals in a civilized world like ours.
Hoping that hooligans among bloggers will understand the value of respect, I placed my own page for “Reminders on Posting Comments.” The page is actually meant to supposedly protect me from possible reprisal for allowing the entries.
I choose this over a moderated feedback scheme, which gives me additional work to sift every comment like a policeman eyeing on the suspects.
But I will purge (in moderation) comments coming from those who ignored my appeal — for forcing me to do it.
James A. Warholic posted on July 24, 2004 this entry (excerpt) at the Cyberjournalist.com blog (where you could find the set of code of ethics I’m using at Istambay),
And I quote:
“Here are two more nice blog ethics rules, that are rarely subscribed to:
“I will never ban a person, or delete a comment from my blog, merely because I disagree with the person, or feel the comment is too aggressive in its advocacy of a different point of view.”
“If I feel I must consider banning a person from my blog site, I will always warn and attempt to contact the person prior to blocking their ability to view, or comment on, my blog.”
That’s fair enough for me.
In as much as we wanted to give free space for others to say their piece, we didn’t want them to have “no balls” for it.
After all, the blogs attached to our names are our domains and are under our sole control. We have the right to protect ourselves.
We should call the shots.