|Temporary changes to Talkabout|
Today, for the first time, we are changing the way posts are approved on Talkabout. At least through Election Day, we will be approving all new topics and comments before they appear live on our site.
That means you can expect some delay – sometimes as little as a few minutes, sometimes as long as a few hours – before your post appears on hmbreview.com. And if we deem it inappropriate, you won’t see it at all.
We’re sorry. This is something we have successfully avoided for eight full years of operating the Coastside’s most active Web forum. (In 2009, we decided not to allow new topics dealing with any election-related topics in the last couple weeks before the polls closed and we did so for similar reasons.) We think it’s important that you have a place to interact with others on a variety of important local topics and we think that works best in real time. We would much rather allow your posts to appear immediately.
Sadly, that isn’t possible at the moment. A small handful of users have hijacked our forum – your forum – over the last several days. There have been scurrilous, unsubstantiated, anonymous charges against your neighbors. One poster created a log-in in order to pretend to be someone else. There has been more heat than light. In short, the upcoming elections have made a handful of people nuts and that insanity has played out on Talkabout. It simply isn’t fair to allow commenters to continue this nonsense.
So go ahead and post as usual. It will go into a holding queue until the publisher or myself has time to approve it. If it doesn’t eventually appear, it’s because some part of it didn’t meet our standards for decorum or appropriateness. You are free to ask us about those decisions via email, but understand that we have other work to do. We won’t debate these decisions ad nausem.
If you want your post to go through be fair, be polite and be constructive. For other tips, see my previous blogs on the subject of decorum on Talkabout here:
Thanks for understanding and we hope to return to our previous protocol soon.