A good threads and moderation policy i.com can use.

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A good threads and moderation policy i.com can use.
by Esfand Aashena
16-Mar-2012
 

I was reading an article in Washington Post and started posting some comments which were automatically added without moderation.  Then in one my comments I said "sorry ass" and it wouldn't appear!  So I took out the "sorry ass" and then re-submitted the comment and it magically appeared!  They also have a 3000 word limit on comments.

Then I noticed there was a statement and a new link above where I'd post comments.  It was Read about the changes to comment thread appearance, moderation which I thought was an interesting policy and process.

The users of i.com are mostly 40s - 60s year olds who come here to post and engage.  There have been so much discussion about the comment section policy that I for one do not care anymore and think of the promises of changes are coming as just hollow promises.  Years are going by and nothing has changed yet discussions and promises are as we say in Farsi seven folds!

We have users, trolls really, who are blocked multiple times and come back and carry on with the same "sorry ass" attitude that got them blocked in the first place and accuse others of "inciting emotional responses to disrupt conversations" as Washington Post calls it.   What is worst is that as a result of the "sorry ass" behaviors of these trolls the blog of the original author is often closed and shut down from further comments.

I know we can have a better policy and a more encouraging place for Iranians of all ages to come and post freely (comment control) without the fear of being picked on or harrassed.  But again since no one cares and the Editor is on permanent all year long vacations around the world I don't expect any changes but it's good to know what others are doing to improve and increase participation by 142%. 

Anyway, since I know many of you won't bother to click the link I'll copy the policy for you.  Some of it I think are really good and encouarging. 

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Since we installed a new comments system during our redesign last March, we’ve seen a 142 percent rise in comment submissions. As more and more people stay on The Post’s Web site to talk about the debates, the latest primary, the D.C. food scene and many, many other topics, we want to ensure that we’re constantly improving the experience — both by making the comment threads easier to use and by fostering smarter, livelier and more civil conversations.

Today we’re making a number of changes and moderation updates to our commenting platform. The moderation changes are listed below, and it’s important to note that all decisions on comments still will be made at the discretion of our moderators.

(Note: Some of the cosmetic changes we made won’t take full effect until your browser’s cache has been cleared. You can wait for your browser to do it on its own, or you can do it yourself by following these instructions.)

Starting today, we will:

• Award more badges to users who regularly post quality comments, using the value a commenter adds to the community and the number of “Recommends” his or her comments receive as key criteria.

• Be more aggressive in banning users who don’t regularly post quality comments as well as those with a high percentage of deleted comments.

• Delete all comments that direct name-calling and insults at other commenters.

• Add words to our list of terms that call for automatic deletion of a comment.

• Be more aggressive in our efforts to eliminate “trolling” — generally defined as posting comments that serve more to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations.

• Increase the number of Post staffers who post and reply to questions in the comments. (In recent weeks, we have had more than 40 reporters post in comment streams, and that number will continue to grow.)

Also, the staffers who manage our comment threads are now available by e-mail at comments@washingtonpost.com.

Our efforts to improve the comment threads will be an ongoing process, and we want — actually we need — your help. If you’re interested in giving detailed feedback on our comments, their moderation and changes that we are considering for the future, I encourage you to fill out this form. We’ll get back to you soon to get your input.

Photo caption:  Siah-bisheh checkpoint outpost to inspect forestry goods in the mountains of Caspian near Chaloos.

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Anahid Hojjati

Thanks EA for all info on confederation and

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the info on Anvar :).


Esfand Aashena

By the way the correct spelling for Anwar Khojeh is Enver Hoxha!

by Esfand Aashena on

That's so funny, I didn't even know! LOL!

http://www.albanian.com/main/history/hoxha.html 

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Esfand Aashena

Confederation had tables at student unions.

by Esfand Aashena on

During Shah Confederation has tables at student unions or cafeterias and they had cassette tapes, newspapers, leaflets and other stuff on their tables. They were all gathered in one table and all groups under the same table, at least the ones I saw.  Of course I'd NOT go near them from fear of SAVAK and only check them out from afar!

After the revolution student union became like an Iranian Fair!  Tables everywhere from every political group such as Paykar and their supporters who were the loudest and people would make fun of them the most!  I found out about Anwar Khojeh and Albania from a Paykari fanatic!  I was like who the hell is Anwar Khojeh ...!

At some point the student union got tired of all the yellings and cleaned up the whole place and put an end to it all.  I guess that was our Occupy Student Union at the time! 

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Soosan Khanoom

Thanks Esfand ..

by Soosan Khanoom on

Tazeh dozaareem oftaad ..

: ) 


Anahid Hojjati

When Islamic Republic falls

by Anahid Hojjati on

now that will be a great time ea. now you just made me curious about if diaspora during shah's time had newspapers that were popular. how did confederation of students communicate with its supporters? and if there was a newspaper or radio, what happened to it once shah regime fell.actually we know about papers like mardom(tudeh) and kaar(fadaiaan) after 1979 and my guess is mardom was there before 1979 or another paper like it. but how about groups like fadaian and mojahedin, what papers they had. as far as changes you wrote about and washington post and american media, they have heated exchanges too but there are some differences. this is already long comment but you may know these differences too.


Esfand Aashena

محمولات جنگلی‌ = هر آنچه تو بار قاطر هستش

Esfand Aashena


Anahid jaan i.com will probably one day make these changes.  Hopefully before it's too late and they are either merged into another website like radiojavan.com or Islamic Republic falls which would open up land of opportunites for everyone!

Soosan khanoom whenever they transport anything through forest with mules or donkeys and such they stop by to have their loads checked.  Things such as opium or game hunt or wood or whatever they carry can be illegal and subject to inspections.

I have some photos of mules being loaded with hardwood which I may post in one blog some day but they're carrying only wood, forest wood but there are still forest roads that many don't know about it because of people driving and staying in main roads. 

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Soosan Khanoom

What exactly is " Mahmoolat-e-jangali " ?

by Soosan Khanoom on

Seriously .... 

 

 


Anahid Hojjati

Great Blog EA

by Anahid Hojjati on

I don't know about expression "sorry ass". I guess it is not polite but then the behavior of thugs results in emotional responses. Your blog is very informative. Everyone active on IC needs to read it. There are people on IC who write and comment almost 24/7 and under many names, they are offensive and they gang up on others. When you tell that to them, they play the victim. But then it is obvious how they act to those who have been on this site for a while. Any way, thanks for writing this informative blog and the sorry ass thugs are not good for IC.


Esfand Aashena

Some of the Washington Post policy can be used.

by Esfand Aashena on

Sean some of the Washington Post policy can be readily used as they are identified in this blog.  Items such as inreasing the Post staffers are certainly out of the question for i.com but most of their changes can be applied to i.com with the current one-man show.

We have been promised changes in the past in various blogs and articles, such as this one or this one.

If I were to paint a picture of i.com as it stands, I'd compare the Editor as the Supreme Leader of Iran and the gang of trolls as the Hizbollahi thugs who go around and beat up the students or other citizens under the guise of supporting the Supreme Leader and his mantra and they get away with it.  

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Sean-K

not reasonable

by Sean-K on

Dear E.A

are you comparing the washington post to IC?? That is not reasonable. here we have a one man show. I am new posting but i have read the site on and off for a couple years. I also have two friends who used to be pretty active posting here. that was actually how i found out about it at first. they tell me, very much like you sort of say in your blog, that the 'one man' doesn't care anyway. it looks like he is just after some easy income so he can be idle and does'nt even care if that income is coming from sources that are out to get his homeland at this moment (i can see from adverts and the featuring preferences and as my friends confirm with their experience). Also the other day when a blog got closed ( which i also didn't understand until i asked) it was because a person started going off on and naming other people with accusation of many id's. so i think the shut down wasn't because of someone with many ids. so may be the problem is different and the 'sorry ***' are from more than just one group.

anyway, i am sure you know more than i do. I am just saying what i have seen so far and am just saying that expecting a kasseh boshghabi to behave like saks fifth avenue is to much to expect. i know e all wish for a site called iranian.com to be better but it is obvious that the owners have a different way.