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No comments? Why moderation?

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.

Thank you,
The Highway Star Crew



17 Comments to “No comments? Why moderation?”:

  1. 1
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Nice to see the comments are once again being posted. I would like to start off with this comment….

    If I was in any way responsible for the temporary shutdown, I would like to state here that I will do my best to ignore the “Repeat Wizards” and will try and maintain my comments being aimed more to the Topic than to those whom constantly stray to a more negative and hostile mode. No, I’m not selling out or crawling under a rock. I would just rather this site be respected and those who grace the pages. Many of us here are frequent flyers and have built quite a little Purple Family over time that I would hate to see be dissolved due to plain arrogance.

    Let’s all lighten up and enjoy this site as should be done, and not let the Staff down. They work hard maintaining this great site and we need to take heed to their wishes….

    Cheers

  2. 2
    GerInAssenNetherlandsMale51yearsyoung says:

    Fully agree with the decision of you THS editors !!
    All the best to you !
    Cheers !

  3. 3
    scott says:

    welcome back! i certainly am glad about the moderation of the site. there were/are three contributors(?!)i can think of that made me and many others cringe upon reading them spew forth their petty, inconsiderate ramblings that do nothing but incite everyone. arguing back and forth on a public forum such as this is uncalled for and not as interesting as THEY think it is. as a serious collector/fan of the band, i have my own favorites as far as current and past members of the band go, and can make up my own mind about whether or not their respective musical efforts (new and old), are worth a shite!

  4. 4
    HZ says:

    Moderators, you have my full support!!

  5. 5
    tony carey says:

    hi tracy (#1).

    that’s twice we’re in agreement. I’m getting a little worried…

    well said.

  6. 6
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    This a perfect example of when folks are able to take a deep breath and take in the points made by someone they are in disagreement with, but allow for there to be a degree of difference in both party’s opinions and get past the personal feelings so the actual discussion can come to a compromising position, thereby maintaining a level of respect and genuine effort towards a common ground…..

    I have no idea what I just wrote……LOL

    Cheers to you too TC.

    Hey, since you are back…..how’s that OTR album coming??????

    Cheers again…..(sorry, I have a drinking problem……there isn’t a liquor store within 25 miles of my house and I’m a little low.)

    TH

  7. 7
    tony carey says:

    hi tracy – we’re writing – you heard it here first. I have a drinking problem, too, that’s why they make me wear a bib.
    we’d like to release something by xmas – that might be optimistic, though… but asap.

    tc

  8. 8
    tony carey says:

    ps I kinda miss george, don’t you?

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 8

    We all do…

    Ermmmmm

    Been reading in Jerry Blooms book on Blackers

    Took me a while to get my hands on a copy but someone thought I should have it by now
    Thanx…..
    You know who you are…..

    Fascinating reading on your staying in Rainbow, Tony

    Cheers.

  10. 10
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    NOW WE’RE TALKIN’!!!!!!!!

    This is Great News. I am truly looking forward to something from you guys. I rode you very hard and you are coming through. Glad you are optimistic. That’s half the effort needed is optimism. Hey, with all the controversy here regarding the effort of OTR and being a Rainbow Tribute Band, putting out this record changes everything and thereby makes it a “Just Cauz”. That’s my suggestion for a Title. You won me over and that should count for something……congrats!!

    Bib? Nah, I never spill a drop. My only problem is when I run out…..I don’t drink any more actually. I don’t drink any less either…….

    George? Yeah I miss him, like I miss my Antichrist Ex-Wife…..(OK, maybe he isn’t that bad).

    Cheers TC

    Think I’ll have a Tip of the Goblet right about now in celebration of your Optimism…

  11. 11
    SEVEN-47 says:

    Mr. Tony Carey;

    I’m glad to hear you’re writing, “Some Tough City” is one of my favorite albums. “The First Day Of Summer” and It’s A Fine, Fine Day are awesome. Bring OVER THE RAINBOW to Minnesota, we have many nice venues here!

  12. 12
    COCOBEACHSILVERSURFCREATURE!!!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~ says:

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  13. 13
    COCOBEACHSILVERSURFCREATURE!!!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~ says:

    ALSO GRETESTSUPER TIBETMASTER BOWING &THANXAZILLION INFINITLTY TO YALL I GOT MR UNIVERSE & BLONDYCANDY IN GLORIOUSJOLLY MINSTREL 12TH CENTURY TIX ORLANDO NV2009!!!!!!!!! YEEEEEEEEE ~ HAAAAAAAAAW!!!!!!!!!IF YALL EVER COME FLORIDA MAKE SURE YALL ENJOY BLODYS & DOLPHINS ON BEACH & SUPERNASA ROCKET LAUNCHES~ITS REAL ROCKNROLL********* THEY EVEN SAY~ ROGERROLL AT LAUNCH WHEN SPACE SHUTTLE STS TURNS LIKE A SPINNING DOLPHIN TO ORBIT SO THEY CAN SEE THE EARTH GOOD BEFORE GOING INTO THE INTENSE GLORIOUS BLACKNESS OF SPACE THE FINAL FRONTIER*********

  14. 14
    Andy Keys says:

    THE Tony Carey? Having recently been engaged in learning much of your Rainbow keyboard parts may I salute you as a fan and blame you for a headache or six as a musician? Love you really, and the impact on my own playing style hasn’t gone unnoticed 🙂

    Regards
    Andy

  15. 15
    andrea perrault says:

    Thank~U. There is ENOUGH Negativity out there in the “real”: world….I’m NOT looking to LIVE it, here, on the internet. why bother, I could just go and talk to my neighbors if I want to get hot under the collar.

    (but then I just think of Ian Gillan, and I get hot under the collar anyways…so theres my Zen. <3)

    Peace, All over the World!!

  16. 16
    Héctor de San Martín says:

    Best wishes and speedy recovery. We’ll wait for you, Paicey !!!!!

  17. 17
    Larry Kapocius says:

    Just a tip about something I saw recently- Electro Harmonix recently came out with an organ emulator, a pedal that makes your guitar sound like an organ. It offers several pre-set sounds, including one called “Lord Purple.” The video said that setting was especially good for use with an over-driven amp, a sound pioneered by pioneered by our late favorite hard rock organist. If the name were not hint enough as to who inspired this tone, the song the guitarist used to demonstrate the sound was a little ditty called Smoke on the Water! Something you might want to investigate more thoroughly and report on.

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