Greetings from your first Guest Moderator
Posted by elizabethbishenden on October 23, 2009
My name is Elizabeth Bishenden. Some of you know me through a few local activities, some of you don’t. I’m the first guest moderator at the Aurora Citizen and I think I’ll be around until about mid-November.
For the last few days I’ve been moderating the blog. I’ve consulted at times with the blog owner about different kinds of posts. The person who owns the blog (yes, I do know who it is, but until that person chooses to reveal her/his identity, I have no interest in providing revelations) has been helpful with information about the editorial policy of the blog and the kinds of items that have been accepted and rejected in the past.
When a new post comes in we look for reasons not to post it. Those reasons are well documented on this blog already. Unsubstantiated allegations are not going to be posted. Information about such posts is available at www.auroracitizen.ca/about/ but here’s a precis for you:
- Allegations which are unsubstantiated and unproven will not be posted
- Allegations are not opinions about known activities
- Allegations are not questions about known activities but put forward as fact
- The posts are usually filed anonymously, which leaves the accused with no recourse
This blog does not and will not investigate allegations to determine if they are based on fact. This is simply a communications channel to facilitate community dialogue. It is not an investigative facility — we leave that to the news media.
If these allegations were documented (i.e. viewed on video, previously reported by the paper, documents supplied, etc.) or filed by a person willing to accept responsibility for making the allegations we would publish the comments. Until such time, allegations will be rejected.
As a note, sometimes it is just one line in the post that causes problems. Neither the blog owner nor I are interested in editing your posts. That would open a can of worms for many people. We will either post your entire response or reject your entire response. If it’s rejected and you still think it is valid, read it again after 24 hours. (I’m a house league hockey convenor — the 24 hour rule is huge with me. Edit your response and try again.
If you have an issue with a deleted post, you can send me an email via the connections at the AC for a private response about your post. I might not answer promptly, but I will answer in a few days with some information.
Some people have accused the AC of being biased in the past. I have to say that based on the posts I’ve moderated in the last few days, the AC needs alternative viewpoints about Town Council and it especially needs discussion on topics other than Aurora Town Council. Whatever you’re interested in, I’d love to see some support and reasoning for every point of view about your subject. I will, however, remind everyone that support and reasoning are key to having your post approved. Unsubstantiated allegations were never allowed on the AC and they won’t be approved while I am guest moderator, either.
Best regards to all,