Danwei comments policy

Danwei opened comments a few months ago in the hopes that it would allow readers to contribute information, correct our errors, and engage in civilized discussion.

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.

There are currently 10 Comments for Danwei comments policy.

Comments on Danwei comments policy

I visited Danwei everyday to get infomation around, and i love this website 'cause i can learn many things. When i find nasty comments and some extreme points on policy,i feel very annoyed. so i think what you r doing now is absolutely right.
(i am a chinese girl with poor english.if there r some chinenglish, pleas don't laugh at me ^_^)

I like it. I really like it.

Good decision. I was also a bit squigged by some of the nastier - and brain dead - comments that were sullying the atmosphere here.
Thank you. Thankyouverymuch.

I hope you keep the yellow helmeted image as an icon in the top corner of the danwei home page to let potential miscreants know that the nanny is always watching.

OK, I can dig, I think its a great step in making this site even better - the nanny has put her (his) foot down. However, I am a but perplexed by the phrasing "generally accepted standards of courtesy" - what does that really mean? Wen Ming Ban Wang (man!)

stumpjumper: "generally accepted standards of courtesy" - a euphemistic way of saying that you can debate someone and call out their preposterous ideas without insulting them (or their mother) in the process. We aren't the House of Commons, to be sure, but we're not your local venue for playing the dozens, either. "Generally accepted standards" are somewhere in between.

Deletion is more effective than locking a thread. If you don't delete, the rude comments are kept up there for all eternity - often without being countered.

By the way, the "remember personal info" box doesn't seem to work for me. Can you see if it needs fixing plz? Currently I always have to re-type my details in.

Good move. Just don't become like the China Daily bulletin board where courteous but dissenting posts disappear within minutes.

I think that your policy is extremly fair. Trolls beware!

BTW, when are you going to do your next Danwei TV episode? Can we suggest a show?

Now I know who the guys to the right and the left of the picture are but who is the guy in the middle, kuikui?

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