"Friends" of PA Jr. Museum
Original post made by Harriet Wilson on Jul 5, 2006
on Jul 6, 2006 at 8:25 am
Tyler Hanley is a registered user.
Two sentences were deleted from the above post because in our judgment they contained overly personal criticisms.
on Jul 6, 2006 at 2:16 pm
Bill Johnson is a registered user.
Thanks for your participation on Town Square and your comments about our removal of a couple of lines from Harriet Wilson's post. I think you would agree that it would be irresponsible of us to allow any post on our site, no matter what was said. A person is free to make any statements they want on their own blog site, but if they want to share it with the community on Palo Alto Online they must accept the groundrules we establish.
For better or worse, we've decided that we will remove comments that are personal attacks or characterizations. We'll provide a little more latitude for comments on elected officials, but our goal is to create an environment where all residents feel safe in posting their views without fear that they might personally be attacked. If people stick to respectful comments it will encourage more people to participate.
To me, the point of "citizen journalism" is not to create an outlet for personal criticisms of other community members, it's to empower the community to share their views with a very large audience in as constructive a way as possible. But this is a work-in-progress and we're all learning as we go. You are a veteran blogger and I value your thoughts on how we best draw the line in order to keep this community site a thoughtful gathering place.