Walter Mencken 9:23 a.m., Oct. 10
- Community Blog
- Memorial Life
Dear Reader Website Powers That Be
First of all, there seems to be an excessive amount of censorship going on. Some of us were having a little fun on a thread that was barely sexually suggestive, had to do with Penn and Teller, and the chat is now gone. I just can’t imagine in any way shape or form anyone getting offended enough to sue anybody on any basis whatsoever. I’d say a judge would laugh the lawyers out of court if they even tried. Surely there must be a lot of leeway to mention celebrity’s names in different contexts, including as the butt of harmless jokes. Why were Roseanne Barr and Sylvester Stallone born, otherwise?
Second, if you’re going to censor jokes out of some fear of a celebrity suing you, then leave up racist threads, eleven that went up last night alone, because you aren’t scared of someone suing you in the interest of protecting the rights of a certain minority group, then, without hearing your side of the story, I’d say there’s something wrong there. I mean I get there’s a difference, I’m just saying what are the priorities here.
Third, please fix the blog issue. If you aren’t going to make it so that posts bump the popular threads to the top of the page, then at least on the blog home page, keep the new threads on the left, and the updated threads on the right, or on the neighborhood blog page, note when each thread was last updated so that readers can know by looking what blogs are current. For example, if I look at the neighborhood blog page, I have no way of knowing when the last time a blog was updated. It may not have been updated for years.
The problem is that some threads that are popular drop off the home page and then if I want to keep up with them I have to first of all remember which neighborhood, which thread, etc., to hunt it down and open it. If someone posts a comment to an old thread, no one has any way of knowing, and therefore, responding. Also new threads drop off the Reader home page as soon as another newer posted thread bumps it, so some threads may never see the light of day again, or be read.
Also, I think HTML tags should be available for the posts, maybe you should have a menu above the message box to add italics, bold, underline, bullets.
Thanks for reading!