Once again - why comments get rejected

These are just a few of the reasons: profanity (if I'm on duty :)), not using capitalization and punctuation, telling us to get a life, thinking we're all Christians here and telling us what to do about it, me too comments, overly excited and full of capital letters and exclamation points, calling people names, saying the children should be taken away or need therapy, saying a person will gladly adopt a child, being rude to another poster or the mods, stating that someone is mentally ill (including narcissistic) and/or prescribing treatment, suggesting Kate is pregnant without substantial proof, saying people are just jealous, telling us we are evil or mean, etc. I could probably list many more.

Also please state your opinions without trying to tell other people how to think, what to do, or that they are wrong, stupid, etc. Let's all try to avoid talking about the children in a bashing type way and try to avoid getting mired down in triva.

Those of you who have been at TWoP will remember what boards on boards means. Talking about this board or another board is not the issue of why we are here. Neither is the discussion of moderators or what one or another of them said. Asking how a post or opinion relates to child exploitation will also probably be rejected.

Tonight I've rejected more than I've approved I think so I thought a few people might want an explanation. Comments and prospective posts that discuss the show both pro and con are welcome and appreciated. Please just give them a once over to see that generally they follow normal grammar and spelling and add to the conversation. Too often we'll be reading a comment and just one sentence goes too far and gets it rejected.

I also want to remind our gentle readers that we cannot edit comments. Our only choices are post and reject. So if there is one bit of bad in with a lot of good, it still will likely not go through. I do wish Blogger offered an edit feature.

We don't publish comments advocating petitions or other internet sites unless it is for an article or video among other things we won't put through. Also we may not publish comments listing appearances as we are not an information site for Jon and Kate's PR team.

If you have questions about why a comment did not go through, please send the comment to one of the administators. We can not respond to you from comments sent through blogger.

Usually the complaints of why did my comment get rejected or removed say something like I didn't use swear words or say anything bad about anyone. There is more to rejecting a comment than that. Deliberately trying to start an argument, too much boards on boards, or generally being condescending or obnoxious are not going to work well either. I think most people who send a comment about a comment that was rejected or removed instead of an email, really know why it happened.

Recently we've had a few posters using one of the Gosselin children's names as part of their signature. Would you please select another name? In particular names that are negative about one of the children may result in your comment being rejected.

Thank you.


Serena said...

As a fellow admin, I can add a couple of things to the list.

We are unpaid volunteers working on the blog, so comments that are hostile or sarcastic in nature toward us won't see the light of day.

Comments that challenge how we choose to run the blog also get rejected, although we do invite those who are confident that they could run a better blog to start their own and prove it.

Comments that repeat the same points that have already been made, comments that editorialize on how other people are commenting, comments that aren't relevant to the blog entry in which they were posted, comments that claim to be "praying" for us, comments that would be more appropriately handled via private e-mail, etc... these, too, are comments that won't be published.

Sharla said...

From Why It Is Like It Is:

People have been complaining about "positive" comments not being posted and comments by "crazies" getting through.

As previously posted here, we do not condone viciousness or trolling. We really do not care to publish the personal experiences of other people because they had a mother similar to Kate. We try not to let armchair psychologists spout off. Sometimes, unfortunately, these things get through.

Sometimes comments are not approved because they are just repeating something that's been said already -- 10 times. Sometimes comments have no relevance at all to the "conversation."

As for the "crazy" comments, you have absolutely no idea what DOESN'T get through. Sometimes comments do not stand out for their "craziness" until they are placed in context with other comments. (We kind of read the original comment in a void.) Sometimes a moderator has 50 comments at a time to review and, unfortunately, vitriol gets through. That's why we try to go over stuff that's already been posted and, often, second guess each other... and ourselves.

Please keep in mind that: comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the moderators; this is a volunteer effort and we all have other lives; and, sometimes, moderators get tired.

We do try.

If you think some craziness has slipped by us or a thread is heading off into the wilderness, please send us a comment the normal way and address it moderator or send an email to one of the admins listed in contact us. Thank you.