Commenting & Moderation.
We moderate all comments on Anston Parish Council Watch on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you’re a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if the moderators believe you’ve broken the rules.
We’ve updated and clarified our rules to ensure that this remains a place for intelligent discussion and debate, where posters can expect to be treated with respect, no matter their point of view. As a rough rule of thumb, think of the forum as the online equivalent of a spirited social evening in the pub (lively, but not drunk) – passions can be stirred, but anyone engaging in abusive, intimidatory or bullying behaviour will be blocked. And please don’t demand we explain/justify every decision: the popularity of our forum means we don’t have time to engage in dialogue. To borrow another metaphor: the ref’s decision is always final. So:
First off, don’t hide behind a false IP address. Register using your real name (first name and surname) and valid email address (we’ll keep your email secret).
Be relevant .Obviously your comment must relate to the article concerned, and to the inherent issue(s). Wherever possible, avoid cutting’n’pasting the same opinion repeatedly…that leads to dull threads.
Intelligent debate means just that. We won’t post comments that in our view aren’t adding to the debate. Criticism of public figures is acceptable as long as it can be deemed fair comment…but don’t resort to childish insults or unfair comparisons.
Keep it clean. Religious bigotry, sexism, homophobia, racism and references to disability of any kind won’t be tolerated. Comments using vulgar and abusive language won’t be posted.
Be nice…Robust debate is encouraged, but personal attacks on individual posters and any personal squabbling between posters isn’t permitted. Don’t attempt to post personal information about other contributors. Material which we consider to be defamatory, inflammatory or offensive in any way is liable to be deleted. Threads may be closed at any time at the discretion of the moderator.