We have closed our comments yesterday due to a quickly deteriorating signal-to-noise ratio. Unfortunately, our warning was ignored by the intended recipients.
Our comments facility was never intended to be a public forum. It is simply a quick and convenient way to contact us, to provide feedback to the stories or ask relevant questions. Consequently, we have to read each and every comment. Apparently some of our readers can not fathom this nor can they apply the simple rule of “if you have nothing to say, say nothing”. (We can name names, but you and we know who they are.)
The comments will be open again soon. This time all comments will be pre-moderated. No comment will appear on THS automatically like before, but only after an approval from one of the editors. Comments will be approved or rejected based on relevance, (lack of) redundancy and the manner in which a particular opinion is expressed.
No, we don’t see a contradiction between moderation and freedom of speech. This is not a public soapbox where anyone can post whatever they want. We expect our readers to behave, otherwise we may be forced to throw them out. Any ‘dissidents’ are free to go and start their own website and set their own rules. That’s how freedom of speech works on the internet.
While this new setup will give us more unnecessary moderation work, we hope it will also make visiting The Highway Star a more enjoyable experience for the vast majority of our readers.
The Highway Star Crew