Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 11:57 AM
To an extent, that has happened. But there have also been a lot of comments that are quite simply nasty, usually written anonymously or pseudonymously . These comments are almost always about a person featured on a Danwei TV episode, or in an article: Muzi Mei, Hong Huang, Philip J. Cunningham, Jane Macartney, Su Fei, Sun Yafei and yours truly have all been at the receiving end of nasty language that degrades this website. As have "Chinese people", "Americans" 'Australians" etc. I am not talking about criticism or disagreement, but insults that are better suited to the playground. If you are a regular reader and you have left such comments, you know who you are.
Sometimes, Danwei tries to learn from Rupert Murdoch. Today we are going to learn from the General Administration of Press and Publications and the State Council Information Office.
It's time for a clamp down!
Comments that exceed the bounds of decency will be deleted or prevented from appearing. We're also learning from tired old print media: Letters may be edited for length and content and of course there's no guarantee of publication.
This also applies to comments that have already been published on the site. If you don't like it, go somewhere else.
Below is the official policy:
All comments are moderated and subject to review by Danwei contributors and editors, but well-grounded and articulate comments will be published regardless of which way they lean. Because comments published on any website ultimately contribute to the character of that website, we may decline to publish comments that are irrelevant, redundant, or that do not adhere to generally accepted standards of courtesy; if you are looking for a fight, there are plenty of other venues available online.
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