Editorial – YOU can determine DSOGaming’s Comment Section Policy 2018 [UPDATE: Results]

Man, I can’t believe it’s been a year since our first poll for our Comment Section Policy. Back in 2017, we decided to give you, our readers, the ability to vote for Comment policy. And as promised, and for the next year, you will once again be able to determine our policy.

This poll will run until Sunday (October 7th) and will end at 21:00 GMT. Do note that in order to minimize any possible spam or attempt to alter the results, we accept only accounts that have commented on five other stories in DSOGaming. Accounts that have been created today or last week are not acceptable. Accounts that have commented on five stories from today are also not acceptable. Duplicate comments are not acceptable. We’ll be also deleting all irrelevant/off-topic comments (so that it’s easier to determine which option has won). Do note that if you don’t choose a number, your comment will be deleted.

This new Comment Section Policy will take effect on October 7th and will last for one year. In 2019 we’ll have a new poll for a new Comment Policy.

Here are all the current available choices:

  1. Unrestrained Policy: Our readers can comment about anything they want. They can leave political or racist comments, and they can insult other members (who can defend themselves via the Comment section. Moderators are not required to protect them and they can leave all users to fight each other).
  2. Users can talk about anything other than racist stuff. Personal attacks will not be allowed: Our readers can talk about anything as long as it’s not racist or personal attacks. Moderators are free to delete comments THEY feel are racist or personal attacks. In case such a comment passes under the radar, readers can report the comment in order to bring it to our attention. Moderators can also ban users that keep talking about all those topics.
  3. Users can talk about anything other than racist or political stuff. Personal attacks will not be allowed: Our readers can talk about anything as long as it’s not racist, political or personal attacks. Moderators are free to delete comments THEY feel are under those categories. In case such a comment passes under the radar, readers can report the comment in order to bring it to our attention. Moderators can also ban users that keep talking about all those topics.
  4. Only PC-gaming related stuff: Our readers can talk only about PC gaming stuff. As such, they can’t share off-topic videos (such as music videos), talk about the weather, earthquakes or other disasters (like tsunamis for example), talk about history, or talk about all the other aforementioned categories. In case such a comment passes under the radar, readers can report the comment in order to bring it to our attention. Moderators can also ban users that keep talking about all those topics.

UPDATE:

The results are in and you, our readers, have voted for number #1. We had 109 legit comments (as we’ve already said, replies to other comments, off-topic comments or comments not containing a number were deleted) and from them:

69 voted for option #1
15 voted for option #2
11 voted for option #3
14 voted for option #4

It’s crystal clear that most of you want the Unrestrained Policy (hell, the first option would win even if we had added the other three options together).

So for the next year, our Comment Policy will be “Unrestrained”, meaning that in October 2019 we’ll have another poll for our Comment Policy. However, and as we’ve already explained, the word filter will remain as harsh language can get the website into trouble with Google. We’ve explained the situation and since we don’t have enough Patreon backers, we cannot remove it (obviously if we are – ever – funded via Patreon, we will remove it).

John Papadopoulos

John is the founder and editor in chief of DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie community, although his gaming roots can be found on consoles. Basically he is the one you can blame for everything you read at DSOGaming so go ahead and bash him. Contact: Email