Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Jul 2012 17:54 UTC
Google Fantastic initiative by Google. Anna Peirano details: "Google is launching a new campaign called 'Legalize Love' with the intention of inspiring countries to legalize marriage for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people around the world. The 'Legalize Love' campaign officially launches in Poland and Singapore on Saturday, July 7th. Google intends to eventually expand the initiative to every country where the company has an office, and will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist." As proud as I am of living in the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, it's easy to forget we only did so in 2000. Also, it's about time the large technology companies of the world started using their power, reach, and money to do good. Hopefully, this initiative will transcend company boundaries, uniting them behind a common, noble goal.
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RE[2]: Explanation
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 8th Jul 2012 20:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Explanation"
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Thank you for explaining. But why delete comments that had zero discrimination? That's what really bothers me.

That's why it's heavy-handed moderation. It basically entails removing entire threads with a chainsaw instead of a scalpel. It's not pleasant, but sometimes it has to be done.

Edited 2012-07-08 20:33 UTC

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RE[3]: Explanation
by Morgan on Sun 8th Jul 2012 20:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Explanation"
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I'm going to respectfully disagree with you on that. As others have said, you're the editor and it's your prerogative. But I think you've let a lot worse comments slide in the past, leaving us to meta-moderate and generally we do a great job of it when it comes to blatantly offensive material.

My approach would have been to mod the offensive comments down as far as the system allows, leaving the unoffensive and possibly insightful comments intact. That way, a user would have to actively click on a downmodded post to read it.

But again, it's your site not mine. I've said my piece on the modding topic as well as my stance on the article issue (assuming I don't get deleted again) so I'm out of it.

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RE[4]: Explanation
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 8th Jul 2012 20:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Explanation"
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I'm going to respectfully disagree with you on that.

If you're on my side of the screen, you'd understand. I can't leave broken threads, since readers would not be able to make sense of it. It's not an exact science, but alas. Leave all comments, people complain. Remove a few comments, people complain. Use the hatchet, and people complain. There's no right way here.

In any case, just as I would remove "black people shouldn't be allowed to get married to white people", I will remove "gay people are not allowed to get married with other gay people".

I will also not avoid posting a news item just because large parts of the world do not yet have full legal equality for all its citizens. Can't help it us Dutch and several other countries are ahead of the curve there. I refuse to lower my standards or compromise my integrity - if I were to not post this story just because some people would get upset, I would not be able to see some of my friends eye-to-eye.

Edited 2012-07-08 20:51 UTC

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