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Please be respectful with Web comments

Posted Friday, August 29, 2008, at 2:52 PM

Call it a sign of the times.

We are in an instant news around-the-clock world where news Web sites like the one this newspaper maintains -- www.gcdailyworld.com -- keep our readers abreast of the breaking news as it happens.

We want our news coverage to be timely, accurate and responsible.

With this changing news culture comes new challenges and ideas.

News organizations are increasingly looking for ways to connect with readers and get them to invest in the news of the day, either in print or online.

To that end, news outlets update Web sites with breaking stories, and some -- like www.gcdailyworld.com -- go as far as placing links at the bottom of stories that invite public comment.

We appreciate the fact that our daily pageviews and number of unique visitors continues grow as more and more Greene Countians and those with Greene County ties are turning to our Web site as their No. 1 source for local news.

We believe reader's comments have in part driven this increase in numbers.

One challenge that is being experienced by our staff and similarly by other newspaper Web sites across the nation is how to monitor the scores of comments made by our loyal readers to stories that are posted on our Web site each day.

We have to ensure each and every comment is fair, accurate, legal and ethical.

This reader comment feature offered by www.gcdailyworld.com is unique and exclusive for Greene County.

We know it's being utilized by our readers in increasing numbers because we see the comments coming in by the dozens every day.

Newspapers have traditionally offered a forum on their editorial pages to accept letters to the editors. This newspaper has also offered to our readers a periodic feature called Sound Off where they can anonymously talk on our editorial page about any concern they might have.

A Web site allowing its readers to comment on stories is just the next generation of that.

Readers are empowered to comment on a story by filling out a simple form to register with the newspaper's Web site.

I've talked with other editors in our company and with other newspaper staff members throughout the state. All are wondering how to best deal with the reader comments.

Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Washington D.C.-based Project for Excellence in Journalism, says story comments spark community debate.

"I think that's utterly in keeping with the larger purpose of journalism, which is to inspire debate," he said in a story published on the Internet. "But even people on the cutting edge of this new culture are struggling with how far they can extend that kind of open mike."

To that end, many Web sites have pulled the plug on their Web site comments because the monitoring process was simply too laborious for the staffs.

We've also had some problems in our monitoring and are experiencing some growing pains with the reader comments to our stories.

We are learning each day and I can safely say there are far more comments that are allowed to stand than are deleted.

Yes, some comments have been deleted and some comment posters, who constantly violate the stated terms of service, have been banned from our Web site.

We regret doing it, but we have to insure that the rules are followed.

Monitoring of all comments will continue.

Readers have to remember that posting on our Web site is a privilege and not a inherent or constitutionally guaranteed right.

It has nothing to do with infringing your freedom of your speech if we decide your comment is unacceptable for our Web site.

Just like letters to the editor, Web site comments are at the discretion of our editors. They have to meet outlined specifications -- which are clearly written in the "Terms of Service" section at the bottom of our Web site.

We ask our readers not to post obscene, profane, sexually explicit, libelous, slanderous, defamatory, harmful, threatening, illegal or knowingly false information. Also, please do not post blatant expressions of bigotry, racism or hate, material encouraging conduct that may constitute or contribute to a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or violate any national, state or local law, regulation or authority, or any other material which our staff finds objectionable.

In addition, do not use the comment section for any unlawful purposes; do not impersonate another person when you post; do not allow any other person or entity to use your identification to post; and do not post material that infringes on the copyright or other intellectual property rights of others or the privacy and publicity rights of others.

In closing, we encourage our readers to continue to comment responsibly. Your opinion does matter to us.

We simply ask everyone to be respectful in their comments. Please stay on topic and remember posting a comment on our Web site is a privilege.

Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at schneider.nick@gmail.com or nschneider@gcdailyworld.com


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I will behave with my comments.

-- Posted by gary g on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 10:38 PM

If you would require everyone to use their real name I'm sure that alone would cut down on the not so desirable comments.

-- Posted by Karen Wilkes on Sat, Aug 30, 2008, at 5:19 PM

yeah and don't be talkin jive on here either ya'll cause that be off the hook! i got a sister named mary and a brother named tom who be wanting to post up on here and i'm like the daily world be good folks they gonna let you post but don't be getting all crazy with it. gary indiana ya'll! jamal t!!!!!!

-- Posted by jamal t on Sat, Aug 30, 2008, at 9:50 PM

Yeah

-- Posted by Cabledawg on Sun, Aug 31, 2008, at 10:26 AM

Otis you are fighting a losing battle to try and stop zoning. That is why this county is so far behind in times. People did the same thing when it came to I-69, but as you know all the bickering does is just delay the process. So if you disapprove of zoning I would love to purchase a piece of property next to you and build a turkey producing facility or maybe raise a few thousand head of hogs. Think about it, would you want that type of smell out your front door on a daily basis. Or maybe we put in a plant like griffin industries. Live for the future and maybe we can get some industry in the county other than crane so people dont have to drive to neighboring communities for good paying jobs.

-- Posted by nutzz6934 on Mon, Sep 1, 2008, at 6:56 PM

Dairyman, homeowner associations are put in place for housing subdivisions to manage the common property of the subdivision, such as playgrounds, parks, roads, etc. These are privately owned by the association in many cases, not publically, and someone has to maintain & manage them. HOA's have nothing to do with anything being discussed.

I submit this as 'Exhibit A' for all of the misinformation flying around the community by people who don't know a thing they're talking about.

-- Posted by JimmyJoeJingle on Mon, Sep 1, 2008, at 9:10 PM

Otis,

Your obsession with zoning and planning is misguided and frankly, disturbing. Zoning and planning is very, very common in the U.S. and across the state. Again, previously, I stated the benefits of zoning and based it on the fact that an adult video or magazine store can be plaved 'anywhere' in the county as it stands currently. Zoning would only allow them in a specific 'zone' category and it can be determined where those zones exist by the public. Public, as in you and me and anyone else who cares. You see, zoning is a very public process and actually has been categorized as giving property rights rather than 'a taking of property rights'. Why do I know this, I am educated in the field. You aren't.

-- Posted by jibber on Mon, Sep 1, 2008, at 9:29 PM

HOA's are private and only those who buy into a residential subdivision with HOA's are under those rules. It's true that HOA can govern 'anything' and 'everything' about a home and its property including age restrictions, building materials, etc., but no legislative or executive Government entity can enforce them; only the HOA organization itself. An HOA could sue the offending property owner, but it would be a private lawsuit. A planning/zoning agency cannot legally enforce HOA rules since they are private. Why do I know this, I am educated in the field. Apparently, many have taken the 'kool-aid' of misinformation of zoning and planning.

-- Posted by jibber on Mon, Sep 1, 2008, at 9:37 PM

Otis,

Your obsession with zoning and planning is misguided and frankly, disturbing. Zoning and planning is very, very common in the U.S. and across the state. Again, previously, I stated the benefits of zoning and based it on the fact that an adult video or magazine store can be placed 'anywhere' in the county as it stands currently. Zoning would only allow them in a specific 'zone' category and it can be determined where those zones exist by the public. Public, as in you and me and anyone else who cares. You see, zoning is a very public process and actually has been categorized as giving property rights rather than 'a taking of property rights'. Why do I know this, I am educated in the field. You aren't.

-- Posted by jibber on Mon, Sep 1, 2008, at 9:39 PM

I wish Russell would do something productive with his time and money, rather than moan and groan about something he hasn't even attended the public meetings to find out how wrong he is about his assumptions. Yep, Otis Russell is no where to be found on the sign in sheets to these public meetings. Call and check for yourself.

-- Posted by JimmyJoeJingle on Mon, Sep 1, 2008, at 10:57 PM

Greene County Patriot Yes I understand that one could just buy the adjoing property, and yes this would curb the problem. Personally I know very few people that can afford to just buy up property at will so this theory is blasphemy. Dairyman, as the law at this moment HOA's can be established, one doesnt have to be zoned to be subjects of HOAs. Yet again we see the narrow minded that cannot accept change in this county.

-- Posted by nutzz6934 on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 5:41 AM

Ummm, can I address the topic of the blog here?

Seems that minermama was addressing it, including among other things why posts are allowed to go off topic, while others that are on topic that are not in favor with the editors get deleted.

I'd like to see a response to minermama's points because I've got the same concerns that she has.

-- Posted by Question? on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 10:26 AM

Nick

This blog is doing what is supposed to do! Let people have a say about "whatever". Some folks see things one way and others see it another. That is what our country is based on. NO reason to take things personal, but some do. NO reason to make things personal but some do. I'm just glad everyone has a chance to clear the air once in a while, but they sometimes go to far. Over the years I have always found you to be fair in giving and listening to facts and opinions. You do a good job at the newspaper.

But since you seem to have opened a can of worms, let's go fishing.

-- Posted by VegasVic on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 1:24 PM

I agree, disrepectful behavior should not be tolerated. Another pet peave I have is that some people post and have no idea what they are talking about. It seems they post just to post. For example, there is a person who posts from Northern Indiana who has never been to our community and doesnt know anyone here. I think he shouldnt be allowed to post. His posts arent offensive, but he just stirs the pot.

-- Posted by Tah and Sah on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 9:49 PM

I have been silently reading all the talk about zoning and am beginning to think its a great concept! I think it would be perfect for Greene County, I am sure it would help a lot!

My only concern is that we aren't doing enough. I am kinda thinking that we should go ahead and give communism a try as well. It sounds great on paper too...

Point here folks, the only reason people would push to control others is for person benefit. Root of the matter is money, thats what motivates everyone to do what they do. Thats why communism never works. If there is no motivation to work for something (money in most cases) people won't work. I think this is probably why the GCEDC and others are working so hard to control us poor folk.

-- Posted by viaductman on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 1:14 PM

Miner Mama, I'm sorry to offend you on by my comment. I guess I never thought about people taking on aliases and fake personalities for the sake of posting.

I guess I could be the person who has a comment on every issue and knows how to fix every problem. You know the type, its the person who talks to you and you just nod your head and say "Uh Huh". Its the person you see in Walmart and you browse through the diapers section so they wont see you, even though its been 20 years since you had kids.

I could be the Monday morning quarterback which points out what went wrong and why, but never had the guts to step up and do the job themselves.

I could be the person who chats online for 3 hours a night. And, due to his personality (or lack of it)in real life is a loser, but online "I AM THE MAN!"

But instead, I am Tah, I am married to Sah. Have one child, Chucka. Neighbor to Will, Holly and their Dad. I live down the road from Enoch, who lives in an underground home and makes his own arrows and collects crystals.

I'm just boring ol' me.

-- Posted by Tah and Sah on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 7:52 PM

Some people just seem to have way too much time on their hands.

-- Posted by bloomfieldfan on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 10:37 AM

Not that it matters all that much, but I am a former Lintonian that lives in Indianapolis and I get quite a bit of entertainment from reading the comments on this site! The Indianapolis Star website has the comment feature, too, and I must say the people that speak up on there are far more rude and heartless than my beloved Greene Countians. It is wonderful to have a forum to speak your mind, so you should feel fortunate and appreciate what you get, rather than complaining about what you don't. Just keep it clean and respectful...is that asking too much?

-- Posted by DTinIndy on Thu, Sep 4, 2008, at 3:04 PM

I agree with Tah and Sah. If you're only here to make trouble, we don't want you to post on here. Greene County is a nice Christian community. We don't understand jive nor do we want it.

-- Posted by b_pearson on Sun, Sep 7, 2008, at 6:18 PM

rember this one " for GOD so loved the WORLD", AND IF YOUR ARE A CHRISTIAN THEN YOU WILL KNOW THE REST BY HEART, AND IF YOU ARE NOT A PROFESSED CHRISTIAN, SOME MAY KNOW IT AS WELL. DID NOT GOD GIVE PEOPLE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THE ABILILTY TO SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES. SO POSSIBLEY SOMEWHERE IN HISTORY WE HAD JIVE BACK THEN AND JUST THINK IT MAY NOT BE THAT NEW.MY UNDERSTANDING OF BEING A CHRISTIAN IS TO SHARE THE NEWS WITH ALL NOT JUST PEOPLE OF CERTAIN CLASS , COLOR OR ECONOMIC STANDING. JUST MAYBE GOD IS REACHING OUT TO YOU WITH SOME OF THAT JIVE AND IF YOU TURN YOUR NOSE UP AND WALK AWAY , ARE YOU NOT TURING YOUR BACK ON GOD AND THE WORLD HE LOVED SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. I KNOW GOD IS COLOR BLIND. SO WE MAY NOT UNDERSTAND ALL THE JIVE BUT HEY WHAT DOES IT HURT TO TRY SOMETHILNG NEW IN LIFE. REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE.

-- Posted by texas ranger on Mon, Sep 8, 2008, at 11:54 AM

It is obvious that some people on here are disrespecting everyone who legitimately posts on here by making up fake personalities and posting nonsense posts. Enough is enough. Like my cousin Cowboy Bob used to say, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

Snowbunny, remember when the Cowboy, Janie, you and your husband, and Sah and I got together? What a wild night! Remember the aluminum foil? LOL ;)

-- Posted by Tah and Sah on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 9:48 PM

I do! What a wonderful night. I've never been able to look at foil the same way ever again! It's not just for covering leftovers anymore!!

-- Posted by b_pearson on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 7:41 PM


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