As you may now know, we were forced to close down the comment section to the articles last Sunday night, because the comments were simply getting out of control.
And I feel responsible as the owner of the web site to control these types of comments.
Since then Iâ€™ve had lots of notes from our readers on ways to overcome this and control inappropriate comments better.
The main thing we will now start doing, that we’ve resisted in the past, is that repeat offenders will be banned form leaving a comment.
So hereâ€™s the new procedures we will follow starting tomorrow:
- Every user will continue to register with their name and email ID
- Â If a user posts a comment which is inappropriate â€“ I will give them a warning via email.
- Â If, for some reason, I cannot contact them via their email ID, they get banned immediately.
- Â The second time a user posts an inappropriate comment they will be banned
- Â If someone logs on with my name as Ed Harrison, Dr. Ed Harrison or whatever, which has been happening more frequently recently, they will be banned immediately.
- If someone is making inappropriate comments I ask that users on the site contact me immediately via the Contact Form, which will be handily available.
I will not mind getting multiple emails from users, because Iâ€™ll need to take action fairly immediately.
One example may be from other club’s supporters, who only log on to try to stir the Newcastle fans up, and have been succeeding too many times lately.
- Use of bad language is discouraged and if a comment contains certain words – you know what they are, they will straight to me to be moderated. However, whereas before I simply changed the offending words toÂ ***Â Â I’ll now just delete the comments.
The “F” word and the “C” word are two words that are not allowed.
Also, to aid readers who use mobile phones and personal assistants to view our web site, when you click on an article, the first column on the right, which contains a lot of pictures and therefore lots of data, will not be downloaded.
This will hopefully improve the usability of the site for mobile users.
Iâ€™d like to get some feedback to see if this is effective and also advice on how the site could be better improved for mobile users â€“ again please use the contact form.
When you click on the home site www.nufcblog.com there will be the usual two columns on the right hand side.
We’ll start these new procedures in a way that will continue to allow our users to post reasonable comments on the site. It’s only about 1% of the readers that try to spoil it for everybody else – but let’s now declare war on that 1%.
Comments are welcome again, and I’ve set it so that you can now comment on yesterdya’s articles – but please keep them civil.
The new procedures go immediately into effect – and I am relying on our loyal readers to work with me to control the inappropriate comments, so we can do what we all want to do.
That is to have good discussions about the news of the day concerning our great club – Newcastle United.Â Â Â 😀
Thanks – Ed Harrison.