When I started blogging at Thanet Star the one thing I was absolutely determined to see was a sensible comment policy. So much so that it was the first thing I wrote.
Like all Thanet Blogs the first thing to happen was that those who want only to rubbish everything with vitriol and bile showed up. Perhaps they were thinking that here was a new playground for their special brand of trolling?
Quite soon I heard the cries of the trollishly inclined complaining about their "freedom of speech", their precious "freedom" to be as crude and unpleasant as they wished as if it was some god-given right. However I was not, am not, and will not allow this site to be home to that sort of negativity. There is no need for it. Sure, disagree with me all you want but attack the opinion not the person.
I am happy to discuss news and current events with anyone. I am happy to discuss viewpoints that differ from my own. I...Posted by Thanet Star on Monday, 30 March 2015
The simple fact of the matter is that Thanet blogging has fostered a bully culture. The bullies rule the comments in almost all the Thanet Blogs and the result is that all other forms of comment have been driven away.
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