‘Moderation’ is the practice of reviewing user input for a list of criteria designed to create a comfortable, safe environment in which our readers can exchange intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the exchange of ideas. ‘Moderator’ is the term for someone who is responsible for making sure that the discussion rules are respected. Moderators are concerned with the quality of the discussion, not the interests of one individual, group or idea over another, including, but not limited, to city officials, city policy or their own personal views.
We follow the same standards for taste as many large online organizations who have been posting public comments for many years. We typically do not edit comments. If a comment contains any of the disallowed critieria listed below, it is simply deleted, even if the majority of the comment is benign.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we can not review individual moderation decisions with readers.
Attached below is the full text of our moderation policy.:
Moderation Policy for City Websites – rev: July 2008