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13 February 2012 @ 09:47 am
confessional prep  
I'm planning to post the annual confessional this week, ideally tomorrow, depending on how my work today goes.

I'm planning to continue the changes I made last year:

I'll be moderating more closely than in previous years. I'll especially be deleting comments that seem pointlessly mean-spirited or that are obviously attempts to make up creepy or mean rumors about people.

One of the things I deeply value about the confessional is the opportunity to say hard things, but it's important to me that they be productive, so please refrain from mean comments without substance.

If there's a comment that seems primarily to be about character assassination, I also encourage everyone not to engage with it. Rise above it and don't feed the trolls! I will try to delete that sort of thing in a timely fashion, but of course I won't be watching the comments all day every day.

If there's any comment about YOU that you'd like me to remove, please email me so I can do so.

Remember that all those anonymous voices are people, some of whom you know and like, and all of whom are people like you.
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
Rowan: Kitty reading LJmzrowan on February 14th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'd like to suggest another guideline for consideration: if someone posts something about you anonymously, don't try to track them down outside the confessional. I've had several emails over the years asking me if I'd made a certain post about someone; it puts me in an uncomfortable position regardless of whether it was me or not, and in my opinion goes against the spirit of the confessional.
drwexdrwex on February 14th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thinking out loud: last year someone said that they would prefer that I not leave "*pebble*" in their LJ. It was said anonymously, which made it very hard for me to figure out whose wishes I should respect. I don't plan on a wholesale behavior change, but would like to be able to avoid upsetting people with my habit.

On the other hand, they did say it anonymously, so I've not made any strenuous effort to find out. I wonder if I've continued to offend someone, unknowingly.

Just thoughts...