we are discussing various ideas at the moment. . .it is likely we will implement some sort of new editorial guidelines regarding spam.
i personally envision such a policy as empowering our editorial people to hide obvious 'spam' comments. . .this does not mean that they will always be hidden. . .if the noise level is fairly low, then they might just stay there, but if as recently the noise level gets to where it is disrupting the flow and proper focus of the site, then some action will be taken. . .this is my intention
this provides a give and take, so that if the posters/readers decide the best policy is to not respond, and that works to keep noise down and the site properly focused, then that is great and although we all would like to leave the newswire alone as much as possible, both aesthetically as a policy, and practically since it is not very much fun to spend time hiding posts.
there is always going to be some noise, and that is fine. . .it is not possible or desireable to have a spiffy clean wire (ewww). . .however, it is also not desireable to have the noise overtake the essential purpose of the site.
any such efforts will be an ongoing experiment and open to the communities comments, concerns, criticisms, etc. . .if and when the new editorial guideline is established to hide spam that will always remain subject to change. . . this site is an activist communication, education and organizing tool, and its effectiveness is the primary concern
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