Private Lives, Public Service, and Blogging
Yesterday I followed up a Paul Rolly bit with a few sharp words for the new Senate Site blog. To my surprise, The Senate Site provided the first comment of the post in it's own defense. They deserve positive credit for that. The Senate Site brought up a great question that every blogger has to consider. "Should we keep every comment, regardless of content?" When I first opened SLCSPIN, I struggled with this question. After a while, I decided to let every comment stand (except spam) regardless of content. I've never regretted this decision even though I've had some comments in the past that could have been deleted for explicit content. I left them in. I have my reasons. However That is not necessarily the best policy for every blog. The Senate Site mentioned a policy of deleting comments that personally attacked family members of those politicians who participate in the blog. I think that is completely appropriate. It's also reasonable to create a policy regarding explicit content and encourage readers to make their points with mild language. But what about a comment like the one The Senate Site received that apparently toes a line between personal and private finance and campaign finance. It's a line that needs to be clarified by some ethics reform but that's another topic. So that's the question for bloggers and readers. Your State Senate is blogging (they deserve credit for that). Where do you want them to draw the line with comments?