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April 17, 2007

What She Said

Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Most Sensible Person on the Web™, unsurprisingly has sensible things to say about comment moderation on blogs and Web sites. Listen to Teresa; she's smarter than you. Really, she is.

Posted by john at April 17, 2007 12:53 PM

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Sam | April 17, 2007 01:18 PM

I just bought your book, on page 60, had to go back to work. The thing is I have Jury Duty next month and I kinda want to save the book for that, but I know its not gonna happen. What should I do?

John Scalzi | April 17, 2007 01:23 PM

I have almost no impulse control, so I'm the wrong person to ask. I'd finish it now. And then pick a really LONG book for Jury duty. I'd suggest James Clavell's Shogun.

Adam Rakunas | April 17, 2007 02:05 PM

Now I remember why the entire Code of Conduct thing pissed me off: it's because these Web 2.0 geniuses didn't bother to use the Google and find TNH's indispensable post about how to moderate a website.

I swear to God, it's 2007, yet the September That Never Ends keeps coming back again and again and again.

Steve Buchheit | April 17, 2007 02:08 PM

"Listen to Teresa; she's smarter than you. "

Wise woman she is. The other people who can start post there are no slouches either.

Adam Rakunas | April 17, 2007 02:09 PM

And, just to add a little more Umbrage Sauce onto my Outrage Sundae, I got the gist of TNH's post from my friend Derek's book, Designing for Community, back in 2001. And someone, I'm sure, has Usenet and BBS posts about moderation they can present, just to keep up the Infernal Eternal September. Oy...

Adam Rakunas | April 17, 2007 02:19 PM

And pointing out Derek's book wasn't meant to take away from TNH's righteous post. Just sayin', this is basic stuff that people should get when they first go online. There should be pamphlets.

Off to eat my Outrage Sundae now.

Jonathan Vos Post | April 17, 2007 02:28 PM

I am forced to agree with Teresa about:

"8. Grant more lenience to participants who are only part-time jerks, as long as they’re valuable the rest of the time."

This is because I am a part-time jerk myself, albeit valuable the rest of the time.

She and Patrick educated me on blog etiquette, where I was woefully clueless. That is, the problem was not that I didn't know, but what I thought I knew was wrong.

So if I'm a part-time jerk less often on "Whatever," and valuable more often, it is "Making Light" that deserves the credit.

So thank you again, Teresa and Patrick. And, it goes without saying, thank you Mr. Scalzi for letting me in as a guest in your space.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden | April 17, 2007 08:46 PM

Thank you, Jonathan, that's very generous of you.

Mark A. York | April 20, 2007 03:15 PM

No she isn't. She likes to ridicule people in public with a personal judge and jury Kangaroo Court. People of high caliber don't do that for little to no reason by any reasonable measure of objectivity. A partisan site like hers has none of that.

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