HTML Help (to make comments work a bit better):
<blockquote>Text that as indented as a quote. I use this if I’m quoting from elsewhere or sometimes from a previous comment in the thread.</blockquote>
Text that as indented as a quote. I use this if I’m quoting from elsewhere or sometimes from a previous comment in the thread.
< href=”https://yournz.org/2015/11/08/open-forum-sunday-49/ ” > A link to this post and this is the text of the link.</a>
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<i>This text is italic</i>
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<b>This text is bold</b>
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<strong>This text is strong</strong>
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– strong and bold look much the same, not sure what the difference is if any
If you right click on a Youtube video and then Copy Video URL then paste into a comment here it should dispay the video.
This is a good reference for HTML: http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp
It’s been claimed that Your NZ is “an unmoderated website”, and also “probably the most moderate and balanced blog there is”.
I generally try to be moderate and balanced here – as do a number of regular contributors in comments, so it’s more than just me. But a wide range of views are also encouraged. Growing support suggests there’s a niche for this approach.
This isn’t an unmoderated blog.
The tone is set via my posts and comments and by the comments of regulars. It’s a social media and people usually tend to adapt to the social setting they go into.
Every day I post this on Open Forum:
This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isn’t spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is to encourage you to raise topics that interest you.
Comments worth more exposure may be repeated as posts.
Your NZ is a mostly political and social issues 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.
I occasionally give gentle reminders to people if I think they are getting into inappropriate territory. I occasionally edit comments, showing clearly that I’ve done this. I very occasionally delete comments. And on some occasions I’ve moderated on request – anyone is welcome to query what they think are unfair or potentially illegal posts or comments.
Sure when free expression is seen as important sometimes people can express strongly and may push boundaries but that’s a fundamental part of an open forum.
And anyone who doesn’t agree with or like something that’s posted here has a right to respond.
Moderation isn’t very visible here because it’s not needed much, not because there isn’t any.
The question of whether people should be required to use their own names or be verified before commenting comes up from time to time.
I have chosen to be open about my identity online, as do some others. It has it’s advantages and it’s down sides.
But I think it’s important to allow people to comment using pseudonyms, there can be very good reasons for people having a degree of anonymity.
Readers can make their own judgements on the authenticity of comment.
Allowing anonymity is especially important when allowing and encouraging rights of response. If commenter identification was essential it would deter people from speaking up for and defending themselves.
Some people can abuse anonymity – but some people who are easily identifiable can be very abusive online too.
I don’t think the majority of people, who act responsibly, should be limited or discouraged from speaking out because of the abuse of a few.
Requiring commenters to be registered discourages some so it limits the possibilities for getting varying opinions. I find some registration systems to be a hassle so I don’t bother with them, so I don’t insist on them being used here.
I hope I don’t have to limit the easy access to speech here.
Yes there’s some risks with allowing free and relatively unfettered speech. But I think there’s significant risks fettering speech.
Thanks to those who support and contribute to the commenting culture here – open forums need to be joint projects.
Any comment posted on Your NZ is public and can be viewed by anyone. This could be on permanent record.
Any comment posted on Your NZ could be copied and published or broadcast elsewhere on the Internet or via other media like newspapers, eradio or television.
Sometimes commenters request that a comment be edited or deleted and this will be done if there is a good reason for doing so. Note however that internet caches may have a record of the original comment, and copies and screen shots could have been taken of the original copy.
Some private information is stored from each comment – your nominated name or pseudonym, your given email address and the IP address of your computer or internet connection device.
- Your NZ treats this as private information.
- Your NZ protects private information with secure passwords and industry standard protection.
- Your NZ is hosted by WordPress so protection of private information is dependent on WordPress’s protection.
- While appropriate measures are made to protect private information there is no guarantee of 100% protection anywhere on the Internet. Commenters should be aware that private information of theirs anywhere on the Internet including on Your NZ could be illegally obtained and revealed.
- Private information can be subject requests to hand it over to the police or law enforcment agencies. Whether this information is handed over is subject to the Privacy Act 2011.
- Your NZ may disclose private information to ‘a person or body or agency’ if we believe on reasonable grounds that non-compliance with the Privacy Act is necessary as detailed below in Limits on disclosure of personal information (principle eleven). Any potential disclosure will be considered responsibly. Please nolte that there is currently some legal uncertainty about how this responsible can and should be exercised.
- Your NZ may be required by a ‘a person or body or agency’ (usually the police) to hand over specified private information by court order and Your NZ is legally required to comply.
From the Privacy Commissioner:
Limits on disclosure of personal information (principle eleven)
(a) that the disclosure of the information is one of the purposes in connection with which the information was obtained or is directly related to the purposes in connection with which the information was obtained; or
(b) that the source of the information is a publicly available publication and that, in the circumstances of the case, it would not be unfair or unreasonable to disclose the information; or
(c) that the disclosure is to the individual concerned; or
(d) that the disclosure is authorised by the individual concerned; or
(e) that non-compliance is necessary –
(i) to avoid prejudice to the maintenance of the law by any public sector agency, including the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution, and punishment of offences; or
(ii) for the enforcement of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty; or
(iii) for the protection of the public revenue; or
(iv) for the conduct of proceedings before any court or tribunal (being proceedings that have been commenced or are reasonably in contemplation); or
(f) that the disclosure of the information is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious threat (as defined in section 2(1)) to –
(i) public health or public safety; or
(ii) the life or health of the individual concerned or another individual; or
(g) that the disclosure of the information is necessary to facilitate the sale or other disposition of a business as a going concern; or
(h) that the information –
(i) is to be used in a form in which the individual concerned is not identified; or
(ii) is to be used for statistical or research purposes and will not be published in a form that could reasonably be expected to identify the individual concerned; or
(i) that the disclosure of the information is in accordance with an authority granted under section 54.
Here is a link to how to access Google cache items….