One of the big stories in the travel blog world this week was when the site with the most web traffic and brand identity suddenly shut off the ability to comment on posts on its website. Also, all previous comments were deleted.
So now, if you visit that site, you’ll only see corporately approved content. No dissenting opinions or even tips that would add to your knowledge about the topic. I’m not saying which site it is, but it was previously run by a guy who wrote about points.
Sharon and I have talked about whether we should allow comments on Your Mileage May Vary. In the beginning, we were just happy that anyone was actually reading what we wrote and took the time to respond. Once we joined with Boarding Area, it didn’t take long for the trolls to reply with some hateful comments. We’ve been moderating comments on the site ever since. It’s shocking what people will write on the internet, especially when they can do it relatively anonymously.
We’re thick-skinned enough to be able to deal with someone who disagrees with our opinions. However, we’re not going to turn our site over to people who want nothing more than to spew hate out into the world.
We still plan on allowing comments to our posts but we felt it was necessary to spell out the guidelines we have when it comes to our approving a comment or not.
- Don’t make insulting, demeaning or any type of racist, sexist or any other discriminatory comment in your post. That’s a 100% guarantee your comment won’t get approved.
- You must stay on topic and add something constructive to the conversation. Merely calling us or another commenter stupid is not adding anything and no one else besides us needs to waste time reading your words.
- If you notice a mistake, kindly forgive us – we’re only human. Please do let us know but be aware that although we may fix the error, we may or may not publish your comment because it doesn’t really add to the topic (see #2).
- Be kind and respectful. We understand that people might have different opinions and that’s usually a good thing. Being able to discuss these topics like adults can broaden the horizons of all our readers. But if you’re not polite about it, your post won’t be approved.
- In this time of the #coronacrapola, everyone is on edge. This might just be the time to realize that if someone doesn’t agree with you about traveling, maybe it’s a good idea to keep your feelings to yourself.
We also ask that you understand that we don’t monitor the site 24/7. If you write something and it doesn’t show up right away, just be patient. If it passes the above requirements, we’ll eventually approve it. If we have an answer to a question, we’ll even reply. If we don’t approve your comment and you write an even more hateful comment about how we’re censoring you, don’t be surprised if you’re no longer able to comment on any post on our site.
That being said, if you have a specific question that’s not directly related to a post, it might be better to write us an email or send us a note on our Twitter or Facebook.
Let’s all have an internet that works for all of us.
Please and Thank You.
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