Threads completely deleted concerning Israel
Original post made by Boaz on Jun 28, 2007
is there a new policy in effect that any threads dealing with Israel/Middle East will be deleted by the editors?
on Jun 28, 2007 at 2:33 pm
Bill Johnson is a registered user.
There are a few reasons for these deletions.
We are intentionally giving topics pertaining to the Mid-East a rest for awhile, because recent postings on Mid-East issues quickly degenerated into name-calling and disrespectful dialogue that we do not wish to host on our site. This is unfortunate, because events in the Mid-East deserve thoughtful discussion and we would like to offer local residents a forum for that. There are clearly people who view these topics as opportunities to inflame others, and the deletion of these comments then propagate more inflammatory comments.
We will allow new posts on Mid-East issues to remain on the site if they appear designed to start a NEW and thoughtful discussion. I'm certain some will view this as censorship or the manipulation of the viewpoints allowed, but the behavior of some posters has made it necessary for us to assert more control over these topics than others. We will not, however, allow a previously discussed topic to be resurrected by virtue of a new post, as someone attempted to do recently regarding the sinking of the USS Liberty.
The other reason some recent Mid-East postings have been deleted is that we will generally not allow posts that do nothing but post a link to another site. This is not the purpose of Town Square, and it allows a poster to use third-party content to, in many cases, inflame others. The whole idea behind Town Square is to encourage dialogue among the residents of Palo Alto. When a person posts nothing but a link to a video or an article on another site, it too often provokes instead of triggering a meaningful dialogue.
Finally, links to Wall Street Journal articles are of no use unless someone subscribes to the Journal's online service. Several recent posts have done nothing but link to what amounts to a dead-end first paragraph of a Journal article.
on Jun 28, 2007 at 2:37 pm
Okay, Bill, Thanks for your response. i understand where you are coming from and I agree that there are people who use the topic of Israel/Middle east to post very inflammatory stuff.
I, as you can tell, tend to respond with comments favorable to Israel and have received the types of responses you wantto avoid--I also may have crossed over the line attimes also.
on Jun 28, 2007 at 7:02 pm
Thank you. Excellent decision.