Slater protected from comments

It’s well know that there has been some fairly extensive moderation exercised at Whale Oil over the past two or three years.

While Cameron Slater is promoted as a someone prepared to speak out and tackle issues  vigorously, confrontationally, supposedly bravely, that sort of approach has not been allowed in comments.

How Whale Oil moderation works is further revealed in a conversation yesterday.

Macca:

Edit? What could I have possibly written in the above comment to require it to be signaled for approval?

Pete (Belt):

[MOD] You may have missed the “do not discuss moderation in public” rule. I guess you now know why. It drags everything sideways.

Spanishbride:

Our automatic system grabs comments with certain words so that a flesh and blood moderator can check it before it is released. Mine get held up all the time because I use my husband’s name. if I say his name the comment goes straight into moderation.

So all comments that mention Slater’s name automatically go straight to moderation awaiting approval.

Hookerphil:

And so it should, do you expect to publicly say or write something without your husbands approval. Are you not endeavouring to experience life as a Muslim female.

Interesting that that comment was allowed through.

It may have been an internal comment to try and make a point, Belt later appeared to try and explain “Humour is frequently lost in this medium, especially when it is accompanied by sarcasm or irony”.  Did he just approve the comment, or did he write it?

Slater responded to hookerphil:

I’m not a moderator…The monkey boy is in charge of that, ably assisted by the bogan pie eater.

Belt is Slater’s protecter. I was banned (about two years ago) when I posted an alternative argument to a Slater post, and it sounds like this was not uncommon.

Spanishbride:

You are joking right? His name is one of the many words on a long list because it may indicate that someone is abusing him rather than discussing the topic.

Slater, renowned for his abrasive name calling posts, sometimes described as abusive, is protected from anyone saying mean things about him.

An automated system is why our moderation is so good. The huge list of words means that anything potentially bad doesn’t get through until a moderator has checked it.

Many comments are filtered into moderation by ‘a huge list of words’. So commenters either have to take great care about what words are used or risk their comments being delayed or ‘disappeared’. That must affect the nature of discussions – which often sound sycophantic.

Most like mine are perfectly fine and are soon released. Remember we have been taken to court because of what our commenters have said on our blog.

Has Whale Oil been taken to court because of comments? I don’t recall seeing any examples of this. I’ve  seen Slater taken to court for some of his comments. And perhaps comments of people campaigning with him.

We have to err on the side of caution which includes what I say as a commenter.

Perhaps Whale Oil has to be more cautious due to past legal problems, but I don’t know why ‘a huge list of words’ has to be used to try filter out any problems.

That sounds like trying to monitor and control what is being discussed far more than protecting from legal threats.

Will Belt be contracting to run moderation at Freed? He has suggested offering hso moderation skills as a paid for service (unless that was humour, irony or sarcasm). Will any comments be allowed at Freed?

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  1. Gezza

     /  10th August 2016

    Seems only fair that they publish the list of banned words. So that, if it was absolutely vital to get a message through about something they should know, one could insert an extra character or something. Do you think I should post something there suggesting this – in an extremely pleasant & courteous manner?

    Reply
    • You could try but You may have missed the “do not discuss moderation in public” rule – Belt

      Of course that rule applies to everyone else apart from Belt, spanishbride et al.

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      • Gezza

         /  10th August 2016

        I wasn’t going to mention moderation. What I was thinking of involved their first getting hold of a large cucumber & a pineapple but I’ve since had a rethink and don’t the other words about what they could do next would get through.

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  10th August 2016

      Love you G, but with your commenting style you would last 2 shakes of a lubras loin cloth. And the princess even less. Cheers, c

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      • Gezza

         /  10th August 2016

        Hiya c. Thanks for that. Handy to know.

        Back now. Did a Polish Exit. Had to go out and pick up and deliver some New World roast meals put aside for the in-laws and get money off them. I think I made about $1.50 on the deal cos Ma didn’t want change but there was the petrol used & the valuable time here spent chatting up the checkout ladies.

        Don’t even have to ask if I was missed, cos I’ve seen the fresh bullet hole in me fence post.

        😀

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  10th August 2016

          Love interest in shower tarting herself up. Can you flick me your best checkout pickup line. Could come in handy. Cheers, c

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          • Gezza

             /  10th August 2016

            In the right circumstances, & handled carefully, ‘shit mate, you look bloody gorgeous’ can work wonders later on on even on the snootiest ice queen, in my experience. The facial expression has got to be exactly right though. The face has to look like this:

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            • Conspiratoor

               /  10th August 2016

              I sense you would get away with that line G. Sadly for me only a spanking

            • Gezza

               /  10th August 2016

              Sounds interesting … haven’t tried that … yet … o_O

            • Gezza

               /  10th August 2016

              (I’ll try anything once … lost a chandelier that way.)

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  10th August 2016

    I tried registering at WO once……even my *username* never got past the Mod 😮

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  3. Blazer

     /  10th August 2016

    The slug calling someone a ‘pie eater’ is irony writ large!

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