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Cleaning Up Blog Town

We’re approaching the first anniversary of this blog and I want to thank almost all of you for your consistent support and contributions over the year, demonstrating the utility of the blog and how it can afford more detailed dialogue on the issues of the day.

But I’ve stayed off the blog since last week as we’ve done some soul-searching at KVEC about the comments being posted on the blog and our disappointment with some of the more juvenile postings. There’s humor and then there’s humor, but what we’ve been reading lately is less and less funny, basically stupid and borderline insulting.

I take full responsibility. I have resisted policing the blog because I’ve wanted to encourage folks to participate and I consider myself to be a champion of free speech. I realize now that I need to impose the same standard on my blog that I do for the radio show — we would quickly hang up or dismiss many of these same comments if they were on the radio, but we allow them on the blog. That is wrong.

So, no more.

As we get ready to kick off the second year of blogging, I’m hoping we can move to higher ground and a higher standard. For my part, I’ll be policing the blog daily and will not hesitate to delete the silly comments supposedly from “Tom Madsen” or attacks of a personal nature. You’ll have to go elsewhere for your fun.

There is so much to debate and discuss locally, nationally and internationally and I look forward to engaging you in debate in the months to come.

Meanwhile, Tom and I wish everyone the happiest of holidays and we look forward to celebrating our 15th anniversary of Hometown Radio on January 5th.

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  1. Alan Thomas
    December 1, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    Dave…I applaud your decision to clean up the blog comments. Regarding Measure J, the final vote is in and one point is worth making: the vote in the city of SLO was basically a tie. “Yes on J” ended up with just 64 votes more than “No on J” out of 15,544 total votes. 7804 to 7740. That’s even closer than the 2005 marketplace referendum with over 50% more total votes cast.

    The reason this is important is this: the county and city are likely to move for annextion of the project into the city. Since Measure J doesn’t meet the city’s general plan, environmental requirements, and other city policies, annexation approval by the city council is in for a major battle, possibly another city referendum, UNLESS the project is changed.

    I honestly hope the developers are willing to make the changes needed to make this a better project that doesn’t create a traffic and air pollution nightmare. Nobody wants that. The best result is annexation by the city, but the ball is now in their court. If they refuse to make changes, the project is in for a long tough road.

  2. ADAM HILL
    December 1, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    Hoo-ray.
    It would be nice to have a local blog where people could *respectfully* debate issues, so I hope that’s what happens here, Dave.

  3. REDLEG
    December 1, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    Hear, Hear! Finally some order.

  4. Brett
    December 2, 2006 at 2:17 am

    Well, let’s see how serious you are. It’s time to tell Jerry that he will no longer be allowed to type in caps and if he’s unable to to do so I boot him for good.

  5. Anonymous
    December 2, 2006 at 4:43 am

    what is wrong with typing in caps

  6. hula
    December 2, 2006 at 6:18 am

    Amen! Mele Kalikimaka!

  7. Guy Murray
    December 2, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    Good Choice Dave. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean a free for all for all the juvenile comments and the juveniles who make them.

    One thing you might consider, Dave, is moving your blog hosting over to WordPress.com It will help policing your comments, and make it much easier. (It is also free, like Blogger). And, you can import all your posts made here on Blogger into your new WordPress blog. I’ve moved all my blogs over and haven’t regretted it a second.

    WordPress allows you to throw into moderation specific IP addresses so that you can prohibit habitual offenders from posting their comments until you have had a chance to review and approve them, or delete them before they even hit the blog. Yet, it allows others not to have to go into moderation, and their comments appear instantly.

    Keep up the good work.

    Regards,

    Guy Murray
    Nipomo News

  8. JerryDinAZ
    December 2, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    GREAT DECISION DAVE! AS ALAWAYS YOU HIT THE NAIL RIGHT ON THE HEAD! I HAVE ONE SIGGESTION THOUGH…HOW BOUT NO MORE “ANONYMOUS POSTS”? THAT WOULD SLOW DOWN THE IDIOTS EVEN MORE!
    CONGRATS ON YOUR SECOND YEAR AND A GREAT SHOW!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS! I WISH ALL THE BEST AS WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST!

  9. hilary
    December 3, 2006 at 4:55 am

    great move dave, i wish we could all just have some fun wtih the blog….to brett my feeling is that jerry cannot type in nothing but caps when he mashes the keys with his fat stubbie fingers. let’s consider a donation fund for jerry and get him a typing wand he could work with his mouth.(his map is cute).happy winter time to all!

  10. JerryDinAZ
    December 4, 2006 at 4:28 am

    FUNNY EH? OR MAYBE DEFIANT, MAYBE EVEN SAD…THAT AS A RESPONSE TO DAVE’S PROMISE TO CEAN UP THE BLOG…2 BLOGGERS COULDN’T RESIST 2 NEGATIVE PERSONAL COMMENTS.
    HMMMMM…

  11. JerryDinAZ
    December 4, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    HILLARY IS DESPERATE AND SCARED!

    Despite reports from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s camp that she would not take active steps for a presidential bid until January, Clinton has taken solid moves to round up early support.

    Washington insiders suggest Clinton’s team is worried that she may lose luster as candidates like Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., have catapulted into the national headlines.

    Signs of anxiety among Clinton’s camp comes from a spate of press reports, including one in The New York Times, that she has been secretly contacting high-ranking New York Democrats informing them of her 2008 intentions.

    FILM AT 11 !

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