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Comments policy

AusVotes writers love discussing their posts with readers who leave great comments.

Please keep in mind that all comments are subject to moderation, and will be deleted or edited at our discretion.

If you are a first time commenter on this blog, your comment will not appear automactically as it is held in moderation until it is approved.

Any comment judged unacceptable may be deleted at the discretion of moderators.

Unacceptable comments include but may not be limited to:

  • Off-topic general political remarks [ie denunciations of political parties, ideologies or politicians].
  • Vexatious and purely abusive comments.
  • Excessively frequent comments, where the effect of such comments is to discourage the participation of others or turn a debate around into one about themselves.
  • Excessively long comments, which break up the give and take of discourse. Please post such screeds on your own blog and post a summary in comments with a link to your own post. Rule of thumb: think hard before adding a fourth paragraph to your comment – rewrite it for brevity and clarity.
  • Imputing ideas or motives to others or stereotyping them because of perceived group membership or ideological affiliation.
  • Consistently repeated and aggressively stated opinions which fail to engage with others is regarded as a form of trolling.
  • Comments which are designed to derail threads.

[We have drawn heavily on the comments policy used by another group blog, Larvatus Prodeo, for this guidance.]

15 comments on “Comments policy

  1. Dare to Tread
    February 17, 2013

    Looks like a great site

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  2. margaret moir
    April 17, 2013

    I am looking forward to reading the contents of this site appears to be tell it like it should be told without bias

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    • Drag0nista
      April 18, 2013

      Welcome. I hope we live up to your expectations!

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    • Drag0nista
      May 23, 2013

      Hi David, I’ve read your blog post about the disagreement you had with one of our writers, Kathryn Crosby. I would have liked to have left a comment on your post, but your blog format doesn’t appear to allow comments.

      All of our writers are passionate about their posts, and they passionately engage with commenters. They write from a wide range of perspectives, and there nearly always is at least one person who disagrees with the writer’s observation or analysis.

      As the editor of AusVotes 2013, I’m not going to prevent writers and commenters from having passionate disagreements in the comments. I will step in however if the language becomes abusive or aggressive in any other way.

      Sure, I would prefer that everyone got along – writers and commenters – but that is just not possible when politics is the topic at hand.

      I do hope that you will visit AusVotes 2013 again some other time.

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      • Jamus
        May 29, 2013

        Dragonista, I would probably like to agree with your comment:

        “All of our writers are passionate about their posts, and they passionately engage with commenters. They write from a wide range of perspectives, and there nearly always is at least one person who disagrees with the writer’s observation or analysis”

        Perhaps if your “writers” actually posted the comments that disagreed with the “writers” own opinion, I might take you seriously?

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        • Drag0nista
          May 29, 2013

          Jamus, over one thousand comments have been left on this blog. Many of them disagree with the writers’ points of view or the way the writers have presented their arguments.

          I am the sole moderator of this site and I reserve the right to delete comments that are insulting, agressive, spam or just plain trolling.

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  3. Jamus
    May 29, 2013

    Dragonista, I fully agree, and it is your absolute right to do so. However, take Mr Tonks comment on the “Battle of New England”. He says:

    “As a pensioner I find the term “the welfare dependant white trash element” very offensive.
    It doesn’t meet your own criteria for debate as it is nether polite, or respectful”.

    Does your own policy only apply to respondents and not to your “writers”?

    No worried at all if you are trying to “push an agenda”. That’s fine. But at least allow posters to put their own perspective. After all, your “writers” have the “power” to counter the point put forward. Compared to the “New England” analysis that Kathryn put forward, I thought my comments were quite measured.

    Then again, as you say, it’s your site and you can publish what ever you want. Just bear in mind that if your objective is to “sway swinging voters”, then I would suggest that your editorial policy is actually counter productive. Just my thoughts anyway. Do as you wish, it’s your right.

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    • Drag0nista
      May 29, 2013

      My aim is to provide a place for interesting posts and discussion, without the rants and trolling that seems to occur on most other political opinion blogs/sites. We’ve mostly achieved that although, as you point out, one person’s version of rants and trolls can be different to anothers.

      I do expect the AusVotes writers to be civil to commenters, but equally I don’t expect them to put up with trolls or those who are aggressively putting a point of view.

      It’s a hard balance to find, and I take full responsibility for whether it is achieved here on AusVotes 2013 or not.

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  4. Jamus
    May 29, 2013

    No worries Dragonista. Appreciate where you are comming from. Perhaps I will try to “re-phrase” my comments to Kathryn? My original issue was that I actually doubt she really has much idea about the “New England Area” at all (although her article comes across as being expert opinion). Just thought your readers may actually like to hear an alternate opinion from someone who actually lives here. Keep up the good work!

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  5. Moz of Yarramulla
    July 13, 2013

    I’m curious as to why you deleted my two comments on Kathryn’s and David’s posts referring them to each other. Is that not permitted? The comments seemed to me quite civil, yet both have been removed.

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    • Drag0nista
      July 13, 2013

      Yes your comments were civil, but I saw no need for one writer to be pitched against the other.

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  6. M. R.
    November 21, 2013

    Crikey, dragonista – looks like it’s quite a burden, being the sole moderator. Wouldn’t be in your shoes for quids! :-)

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    • Drag0nista
      November 21, 2013

      Thanks! I think ….. :-)

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      • M. R.
        November 25, 2013

        No idea how else to reach you than through Comments – and, worse!, Comments already made. :-(
        I want to refer you to my post of today, because you’re part of it.

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