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Looking for Comment Moderators
The volume of negativity has gotten out of hand in the comments, so I'm
asking for volunteers to help moderate the comments. I don't mind honest
skepticism stated respectfully, but crass negativity, rudeness, unfounded
allegations, etc., will no longer be permitted.
Update (Feb. 25, 2012; 4:30 pm)
We've received sufficient volunteers to proceed on this. Thanks for all
I've been getting a lot of people telling me that I should get rid of the
comment section at the bottom of our stories at PESN and pages at PESWiki and
FreeEnergyNews.com. There is too much rudeness, too much mindlessness, too many
knee-jerk skeptics, too many trolls.
In the past, I've enjoyed the good insights gained from many of the comments,
and these have helped steer me and make course corrections. I've also enjoyed
However, recently, I've found that the level of negativity in the free-for-all
is overwhelming, creating a net morale killer. It defeats the "hope"
aspect that the emergence of free energy technologies can engender.
Hence, today, I removed the comments capability from PESN (at least for the most
People read the great news, get motivated, then read the comments and get
How do you think the subject of the story feels -- the inventor or technology
group that is the topic of the article? Would you want to be the recipient of
such awful comments if I wrote an article about you?
I'm finding it harder and harder to not be effected by how terrible the general
tone has become. It dampens my spirit after just a few minutes of glancing
through the comments, looking for worthwhile input. It's not worth the
$100/month it costs to have the comment feature.
Here I am sacrificing tremendously for the last decade in order to perform this
news, directory, and networking service where others dare not tread, only to
have some people end up treating me like an imbecile, fraudster, scammer, idiot, etc. That is no fun.
I appreciate the positives comments, and some of the constructive criticism, but
the negative comments have become so abundant, ridiculous, and mean, that I
prefer to not have to put up with that negativity any more.
I would imagine that the inventors who are the subject of these stories would
say ditto to that. Some people have thin skins. But some inventors will not even
allow me to cover their technology because of the negativity that occurs in the
comments. Who knows who might be lurking with a great breakthrough technology but
come forward because they don't want to be subjected to the mass dog pile from
No more. I'm not going to have the unmoderated comments function any more. And I
don't have time to do the moderating myself.
Call for Volunteer Moderators
However, I am willing to put the comment capability back up if I can get a few
volunteers to moderate the comments (not after the fact, but before they
Here is some of what your task would entail:
Off-topic free energy stuff posted across multiple pages
Off-topic posts that do not contribute to the value of thread
Reasonable observations of a skeptical nature, that address points that
are not covered in the article and which have not yet been addressed, stated
without rudeness or personal allegations.
Elaboration of scientific principles, objectively stated.
Any personal attacks must be backed by documentation; otherwise, they will be considered slander and will not be allowed.
If there is a comment that has a mixture of good and bad content, you could
repost it, minus the bad.
I would prefer if the moderators are willing to have their names and contact
coordinates listed on our contact page, but I can understand if some of the
moderators would prefer to be anonymous.
However, before I open up the comments again, I require that at least one of the
moderators be listed on our contact page, as being in charge of the moderator
function, so that people have a place to appeal who feel they have valid points
to make, etc.
[Note: Even before posting this story, I've already had a volunteer for this
role: I presume because of my comments last night in the Smart Scarecrow show.]
I'm using js-kit.com (aka Echo) infrastructure for the comments.
Here are some of the setting options:
All submitted comments are posted and published
immediately. Moderators can moderate later.
Submitted comments are not posted and will remain hidden
Comments are not visible to other commenters until the
author is approved by the moderator.
A user is considered "new" until his messages
are approved at least 5
more then 12
hours passed since the first post.
Existing comments are visible, but no new comments are
No existing comments are visible, and no new ones are
Auto-hide comments from banned users in moderation queue
Makes moderation nearly instant, but the changes will take a few
moments to reflect in the respective comment rolls
Display in comment awaiting pre-moderation:
Managing inappropriate content
Allow users to report items, enables the "Flag"
Remove item after
Number of unique IP users sufficient to bury an item
JS-Kit has integrated Akismet
to its commenting system to automatically detect spam comments.
Put comments containing inappropriate language into moderation
queue and highlight inappropriate words in the moderation queue.
When I resume the comment feature, the old comments will reappear. I would
like to have the bad/offending comments deleted out.
NOTE: You can disregard the statement below that says: "This commenting widget will be discontinued on October 1st, 2012".
Its only ECHO that is shutting down. We will be switching soon to DISQUS, after we sort out some issues in regard to the switchover.
The changeover will be occurring in the next few weeks.
Initially you will only see new comments (on DISQUS). It will take anything up to 48 hours to get the old comments from Echo reloaded. The downside is that they will be loaded (in Disqus) in date received order, and not the logical order you see here now (in other words some jumbling up will occur).
ADVISORY: With any
technology, you take a high risk to invest significant time or money
unless (1) independent testing has thoroughly corroborated the
technology, (2) the group involved has intellectual rights to the
technology, and (3) the group has the ability to make a success of
truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed; and
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
"When you're one step ahead
of the crowd you're a genius.
When you're two steps ahead,
you're a crackpot."