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ERIC CRUMP

Thou shalt not spit, snark or snarl

Posted Saturday, April 17, 2010, at 8:23 PM
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  • Out of curiosity, Eric - if we hit the 'report to webmaster' button on a comment - what happens?

    I assume that you receive some sort of notification, but do you have the ability to "hide" that post if it is flagged more than, say, twice?

    That way, the potentially offensive comment would be hidden until it could be reviewed and maybe deleted. That might help some of those comments that are made in the wee hours of the morning and left for several hours before they are reviewed and deleted. Just a thought!

    -- Posted by koeller77 on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 11:00 AM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    When anyone clicks on the report button (the circle with the exclamation point inside) they get a form box that allows them to explain why they are flagging the comment. The message they type gets sent to me by email.

    The notification is all flagging does. I don't know whether a reader-generated "hold" on a comment would be possible, but I can inquire.

    For what it's worth, I quite often delete comments when complaints are filed, even if I don't personally find the comment objectionable. There have been a few exceptions, but they are rare.

  • As an occasional poster I say "GO FOR IT ERIC." The speak out forum is great. But for once I agree with smokin cheetah and a use at your own risk sounds like a great place for fun. But a foodie/cooking forum would be a nice touch.

    Additionally if you ever do take speak out to a multiple forum I would suggest that it is only two or three forums. I would like to monitor all of them and more than three would be difficult.

    Oh, one final request. Could we have a spelling check? Ti wood elp manie of us! Tee Hee.

    Hey, Thanks MDN for "listening." This comes from a subscriber, online reader and I occasionally can't wait to read the paper on the second day so I buy it while I'm in town reader.

    -- Posted by movaldude on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 12:23 PM
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