A Few Things Ill Considered

Unmoderated Post on Moderation

I will allow comments through by default for repeat commenters again, first time commenters will still need an initial approval.

I will however now be a more active moderator and delete things that are useless or unnecessarily personal from now on, except on this thread.

This is unavoidably subjective but I will try to err on the side of permissiveness. The goal will be controlling the tone more so than the content. Readers should keep in mind the fact I am in an Australian time zone, so doomed comments may be visible for many hours. I expect this blog will remain pretty quiet for the time being, though I still hope to have more to say in the future. It is in some ways an interesting time in The Climate Wars (really wild weather, new global anomaly records, politics), but also in other ways it is all so much “same as it ever was”.


  1. #1 Wow
    January 20, 2016

    Of course it’s going to be subjective. But what are the other options?

    Don’t apologise for something that is inevitable, it gives those wanting to demonise you a claim that is unwarranted. You either moderate and it MUST be subjective, or you don’t and face the consequences of doing nothing. Which could be legal: removing links to Kiddie Porn is still moderation, and the choice of what you will moderate, even if it’s “Well, I would be legally subject” is itself a subjective decision on what is moderable. Especially since those links won’t say something as obvious as “Get your free pre-teen hentai pics here!”.

    I would suggest that a post that goes through one of the standard denier tropes listed on the SKS site being removed is as non-subjective a level of moderation as needed.

    After all, if 20 years later and the disproof STILL hasn’t stuck, what’s the point wasting time over that 20 year old guff and reiterating the disproofs of the claim?

  2. #2 Mordicai Knode
    United States
    January 23, 2016

    I think it is the right call; anonymous comments can really make a site thrive, but without management they can turn toxic. I’d consider making valued, long-term commenters voluntary mods, giving them the power to “hide” comments or the like, if it gets super annoying.

  3. #3 Eli Rabett
    January 25, 2016

    All things in moderation including moderation.

    Happy 2016 Coby!

  4. #4 freddy
    January 26, 2016

    Mr. Halpern, also a good year, hopefully not too hot one for your senses, to you. Let me ask you, how you came to choose “Eli Rabett” as your nickname and why do you often say things like “Eli finds this interesting”, talking in 3rd person speech about yourself? I would appreciate an explanation. Thank you.