A few days ago, some of our readers decided to share some political and irrelevant stuff in a story covering the latest trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. And in case you did not know, we are not fans of these comments. As such, John decided to engage with the community and delete numerous comments. However, and instead of forcing our own ideas and beliefs to you, we’ve decided to think outside the box and let you, our readers, determine the policy for our Comment section.
Normally, this Editorial would be huge with us detailing why we don’t want political stuff in our Comment section. However, and as we were about to publish the Editorial, it hit us; this is your damn section so it’s only fair to let you decide its policy.
As such, this poll will run until next Sunday (October 1st) 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 irrelevant comments in this particular story (so that it’s easier to determine which option has won).
So, with this out of the way, you can decide our Comment section policy by choosing one of the following. You can take part by simply writing the number of your choice (you can then add anything you want to say in that comment. However if you don’t choose a number, your comment will be deleted).
We’ll be contacting similar polls each and every year. This basically means that our Comment section policy will be dynamic, and will be determined – each and every year – by you. Moreover, the censorship of specific words will remain in order to protect the website.
Here are the current available choices:
- 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).
- Users can talk about anything apart from racist or personal attacks: 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.
- Users can talk about anything apart from racist, personal attacks, political stuff: 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.
- 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.
So there you have it. YOU can determine our Comment section policy so go ahead and decide for yourselves how you want to engage with each other!
UPDATE: Results announced
You’ve spoken, we are listening. The majority of you, our readers, decided that our Comment Policy should be unrestricted. As such, for an entire year, our policy will be exactly that. As such, moderators will only censor specific words. Why are we censoring them? Because we were flagged three times by Google in the past for such a thing. Now I know that some of you don’t like this but unless you fund us via our Patreon page, there is nothing we can really do about it. We have to protect our website in order to keep it alive (unless of course you want DSOGaming to close and if that’s your wish then… well… no comment really).
Here are the results:
1 = 46
4 = 39
3 = 14
2 = 18