OUR APPROACH TO MODERATION
We have few hard-and-fast rules that people aren’t allowed to violate; we just have a goal for the discussions we’d like to have, and we’d like people to move us towards that goal rather than away.
Here’s a (non-comprehensive) description of the discussion we’d like to have:
- Debates are conducted in a manner that shows respect even for folks we disagree with.
- Comments are funny, critical and vigorous, but not mean-spirited.
- Obvious racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, fat-hatred, antisemitism and other bigotries, are avoided by everyone. Subtle forms of these bigotries inevitably creep in, but are subject to analysis and criticism.
- Thread-jacking and wandering away from topics isn’t allowed, except when it is.
- If a blogger wants to set special rules for their thread, everyone respects that.
If in the subjective opinion of the moderators, your presence is bringing us further away from the conversation we want to have, then you’ll be asked to change your behavior. Or to depart.
There are some discussions we’re simply unwilling to have on “Alas” – period. Here’s a few that have come up often enough to be worth pointing out. This is not a comprehensive list.
- Trans women are women. Trans men are men. If you want to disagree with this, do it on another website.
- No race is inherently inferior or less intellent than another race. If you want to disagree with this, do it on another website.
- Don’t use the term “illegals” or “illegal aliens” to refer to people. If you want to do that… you get the idea.
IF YOU’VE BEEN BANNED
If you’ve been banned on “Alas,” you can still submit comments, but each comment will need to be individually approved by a moderator. If you impress a mod with how smart, interesting and civil your comments are, they could appear. But they won’t appear right away, and they might not appear at all. And even if some of your comments are approved by moderators, that doesn’t mean we’ll approve any more comments from you.
(Moderators have lives and jobs and may not see your immortal prose until Tuesday, or next year.)
Alternatively, we might just set up your comments to be automatically deleted, without even being seen by a moderator. In which case no comment of yours will ever be approved.