I thought it might be time to have a chat about our moderation policy on Red Alert.
It’s been a while since we told you all what it is, and it’s important that we remember that new people view Red Alert all the time; there are new commenters. And some of the existing ones can forget.
I thought it might also be useful to say a few words to anyone who has transgressed the policy and found themself “in moderation” (where their comments get held up until they have been vetted and approved. Or worse, have been banned.
The Red Alert moderators (myself, Trevor, Grant and Chris) will review your status if you ask us to.
Here’s the moderation policy:
- Keep it relevant to the post.
- Keep it clean. Don’t use offensive language. We’re tolerant, but we use the test of wanting to have intermediate age school kids using this site for research.
- Don’t make it personal. Stick to the issues rather than the person. By all means criticise what people have said or done, but do it in a way that is not personal. Leave families out of it. And we moderate attacks on National and ACT MPs on the same basis as Labour.
- Don’t tell lies
If you’re commenting for the first time, your comment will go into moderation, and is generally approved. After that your comments should automatically appear.
But if you step outside the guidelines, you’ll be placed “in moderation” which means your comments will sit in a box and be looked at by one of us before being approved.
If you have been banned then you’ll be placed in the banned box. And your comments will not appear on Red Alert during the period you are banned for. After your ban period ends all your comments will continue to be moderated.
In short, we do not tolerate trolling on Red Alert. For those of you who don’t know what trolling is, here’s the wikipedia definition:
In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
Trolling results in editing, deletion of comments, and in the case of gross, or repeat offending, banning. So if you don’t troll, you’re generally okay. We moderate people from across the political spectrum.