Open Forum – Tuesday

Tuesday 28 October 2014

This is open to anyone with any topic. It’s a mostly political blog but not limited to that, and views from anywhere on the political spectrum are welcome.

Some basic ground rules:

  • If possible support arguments, news, points or opinions with links to sources and facts.
  • Please don’t post anything illegal, potentially defamatory or abusive.
  • Debate hard if you like but respect people’s right to have varying views and to not be personally be attacked.
  • Don’t say to a stranger online anything you wouldn’t say to their face.

Moderation will be minimal if these guidelines are followed. Should they ever be necessary any moderator edits, deletes or bans will be clearly and openly advised.

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  1. Sponge

     /  28th October 2014

    Whale oil posts are still way down I see. Cameron also giving people a hurry up to get them posting and then Pete offering an amnesty for banned posters. They have said in the past that they can see the stats within hours so maybe they are seeing some kickback at what has gone on recently.

  2. paul468

     /  28th October 2014

    I think that the decline was expected; certainly after all the goings on leading up to the election you would assume it would taper off afterwards. I also think that we have seen a massive change to his credibility being judged a journalist. Also, as he reminds us, and rightly so; an award winning journalist. These are permanent and will remain in history. In fact the judges decision will no doubt be cited in journalism classes and studied.

    Anyway, since the lead up to the election I got interested in reading some blogs and if more people did the same then that is a good thing. Debate and discussion is a good thing. I don’t visit left wing blogs much as they are generally anti anything that isn’t to their way of thinking. OK, I get it, its not their thing but at least have reasoned argument and discuss the issues. Discussion leads to understanding of the other persons point of view and through that you just may be able to find a compromise or a work-around that sort of suits the majority. You don’t necessarily need to change your point of view; just understand others and be willing to each go a bit of the way towards the centre.

    • Almost certainly pretty much all blogs will have had a reduction in activity since the election, it’s normal for heightened interest in politics generally during a campaign.

      It could be different at The Standard – there appeared to be some stunned “silence” after the election result but the leadership issues and then campaign cranked comments up again.

      There’s other factors too, DPF is on holiday and has been posting much less over the last couple of weeks so that will have affected Kiwiblog.

      I agree it’s a good thing to have more interest and more discussion and debate in politics. That’s why I’ve been critical of the banning purge at Whale Oil (and at The Standard) – narrowing the commenter pool to people you agree with or who aren’t critical of your posts might suit some bloggers but I think it’s best to encourage (and certainly not restrict) a wide range of views.


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