Metroblogging Comment Policy

The intention of this post is to inform the readers of Metroblogging Karachi that the authors of this blog will be strictly moderating the comments posted on this blog. Before I elaborate any further, let me quote a few lines from the terms of use of Metroblogging which you all agree to when posting comments:

While Metroblogging.com does not and cannot review every message posted by users in the Forums and is not responsible for the content of these messages, Metroblogging.com reserves the right to delete, move, or edit messages that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise unacceptable.

What it means is that you will have to keep following points in mind while reading and commenting on Karachi Metroblog,

1. Any comment posted should be relevant to the parent post. All irrelevant comments will be deleted by the author/moderator.

2. The spam filtering system of Metroblogging blocks any comments that are potentially spam. Some of those comments might not be spam and are held in the moderation queue to be reviewed by the author. The author of the post would review such comments at their convenience and release the deserving comments. The timeline for this activity is not fixed. It can vary from few hours to few weeks.

3. Offensive tone, obscene language, personal attacks on authors or other comment posters (or any other person in the world) will not be tolerated at all and such comments will be deleted and the offender will be black listed.

4. Every author at Metroblogging Karachi is unique and has its own way of looking at the city. Sometimes the perspective is personal and might not relate to the masses, while still relating to the city. This is what this blog is all about, sharing different perspectives of life in Karachi. If you don’t share the same perspective as one of the authors, that does not automatically qualify you to flame the author or leave offensive comments or otherwise behave in an unacceptable manner. If you don’t like a post, just move on to the next one, just like you change channels on TV.

5. Metroblogging Karachi is not a news website. The authors are people from different walks of life. It is not our responsibility to cover each and every thing happening in the city. We only blog about stuff that we come across during our daily life. So don’t expect us to be news reporters and bring you the breaking news before all other news channels.

6. We welcome positive criticism and the best way to do it is by emailing the author and informing them about how we can improve the blog. You can also use the “Suggest a Story” feature if you have something interesting to share. However, publicly humiliating the author will not be tolerated at any cost.

We are working hard to make this blog a true portal to life in Karachi and it is only possible when our readers, which are our greatest assets, cooperate with us by using this site in a responsible manner.

update: no more comments will be allowed on this post. Here is my combined answer to all those who are now advocates of freedom of speech and democracy.

Freedom of speech is a power, not a right. And with great power comes great responsibility. Freedom of speech gives you the power to freely express your opinions but it never allows you to violate someone else’s right to be treated with respect. We are going to make sure that true freedom of speech is exercised on this blog. As long as you don’t abuse the power of freedom of speech given to you, nothing will be moderated.

21 Comments so far

  1. xyz (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

    A much needed post. I say all authors should STRCITLY adhere to the terms and conditions and moderate irrelevant comments regularly. This blog represents Karachi and the commenters act as representatives of Karachi. I have noticed highly irresponsible comments by a number of commenters here. Good luck moderators!


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    Its never too Late.

    Cheers!


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    Umar,

    why there is no such policy for authors as well who have made offensive posts in past which comes under the category of personal attacks on someone’s belief? For instance last few posts by Jamash and Cy last year?


    Don’t tell us that you r being a ruling party in Pakistan which just make rules for awam while they themselves love to violate it, that is Hypocrisy. If you just want to make this site a Personal Soapbox for AUTHORS then other things otherwise such sugarcoated words are useless.

    cooperate with us by using this site in a responsible manner.

    merey bhai,Tali dono haath se bajti hay.. ek haath se sirf Chamat parta hey wo bhe dhelay hath ka.. as long as you don’t educate your authors as well to getrid of ego issue and treat readers as readers rather some “Mazaray” of some feudal then you will never be able to solve the problem. What I nkow that authors backbite about readers in private list in offensive manner and then same authors cry if someone else use same language for them. Aysa nai chal sakta


    P.S: Incase you remove my comment by labeling it “offtopic”, I would like to tell you that this message was actually addressing to you rather awam


  4. verysmart (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    I like the comments made by Adnan, and I believe that by moderating the blogs strictly, would kill the idea generation process.

    After all the reader is free to think whatever he/she feels like.

    Before creating a “Comments Policy” it is better to have a openly discussed “Postings Policy” in place.

    The authors are no demigods, they can make mistakes and their observations can be flawed, ignorant and biased. The readers shall have the freedom to express themselves if they disagree. And I am sure this policy has earned you 46044 comments against 3498 postings thusfar.

    Think again, and please stop living in the PTV age.


  5. umar (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

    no one is stopping you from posting comments. All we expect is that you post comments like civilized people. Using offensive language, name calling, personal attacks, irrelevant comments, and similar tacticts won’t get you very far.


  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

    Umar, is it too hard to grasp what me and VERYSMART said in earlier post?


  7. IUnknown (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    “Offensive tone, obscene language, personal attacks on authors or other comment posters (or any other person in the world) will not be tolerated at all and such comments will be deleted and the offender will be black listed. ”

    Lets c how many ppl follow it here

    Islama kay against jo kuch bhee bakwas hoti rehay, u didnt put in any policy. u r more concerned wid personal atttacks.

    insaan ho kia ho tum?


  8. mansoor (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    Adnan n verysmart: the authors are not demigods, and we have our own moderating system in-place. While we do not have much restriction (apart from being city specific) on what to post, we do exercise restraint and quite a few posts have been taken down because they did not adhere to our rules.

    if you do find a post which is abusive, or intolerant, please let the author or captains know in a civil manner (through the comments) or through email and we will review it. Abusing the author or their level of competence will not get you the desired result.


  9. mansoor (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

    iunknown: “insaan ho kia ho tum?”

    this is excatly the kind of abusive tone which we have identified in the policy.


  10. IUnknown (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

    “if you do find a post which is abusive, or intolerant, please let the author or captains know in a civil manner (through the comments) or through email and we will review it.”

    and u think the author will behave next time? lol


  11. umar (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    Yes, we will make sure they do.


  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 4:59 pm


    Yes, we will make sure they do.

    Fair enuogh. Let’s get back to work.


  13. IUnknown (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    lol adnan… kmb and pakistan.. dunoo ka kia hoga?

    @umer: very optimistic


  14. ALAM (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    So I can’t call [beeeep] anymore? :(

    No you cannot!


  15. Neena (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    Thanks goodness you guys took notice. I’m looking forward to nice jolly Karachi related posts (and related comments) from KMB team and visitors which they are famed for.

    Thankyou guys and gals for keeping this site alive.


  16. Balma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    Seems like calling the stupid woman who is being pushed down the throat of PAkistanis [!!] is being censored. Down with PPP jiyalas.

    [!!] should go to jail.

    Balma, nothing is being censored, only moderated. If you don’t say anything worth being moderated then it won’t be!


  17. wasiq (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 3:12 am

    iam a born republican…no matter what you do you cannot make me a dictator or a democrat….is that what you are trying to say Mr Umer…..how does this sounds to you and all the del{trigger} happy fellow metrobloggers….you are contantly violating our freedom of speech and also over stepping your authority by reminding us of the terms of service…but that does not concerns me at all i want to know is why…yes why do you wish to be the blog police…..i want a very convincing answer not necessarily a long one….a no reply would certainly land you into troubled waters….


  18. .!. (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 7:20 am

    we dont need useless posts condemning MQM/PPP or other political parties. We dont need posts which ignite religious net-voilence.

    but then what will be left for your ENLIGHTENED AUTHOTRS to write about?

    authors like teeth, cyril, jamash are pretty cheap and biased. You got to get some good authors to make this forum intersting and useful.

    otherwise you will end up having posts written by All things pakistan’s authors, writers there live in UTOPIA.

    I agree that we should refrain from using abusive language while writing on this forum.


  19. Original-Anon (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 8:10 am

    I really wanted to post a serious and thoughtful response to this post, but then I read this part;
    “We are working hard to make this blog a true portal to life in Karachi and it is only possible when our readers, which are our greatest assets, cooperate with us by using this site in a responsible manner.”
    And then I saw the either inane and/or political posts scattered all over.Then I thought of MB and Unaiza and the comment-Nazi known as Zainub.
    Then I laughed really hard.


  20. ash (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    yeah its your site …moderate how ever you want to. Everyone should either comply or go to another site.
    I must say though that i have a friend from bombay who says karachi is the best site because its so heated and there are so many heated debates…if we all talked about baking cookies this site would be dead.
    Hopefully you guys know where to draw the line btw incivility and entertainment.

    I must say however that given how much the authors and commentators have derided one political party’s leadership in the past i am surprised that personal political criticisms (abuse) are suddenly off the table ….kind of funny that :)


  21. Shiraz (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 10:16 am

    The same so called authors on this blog complain how much they want democracy and how the General control’s their life. Well its clear now how much tolerance the authors on this blog have. I would rather back General Mushy for giving you this blog to rip on him all the time but you guys are so weak you can’t even take comments from a blog. Look up the definition of what a blog is and maybe it will start making sense to you. Someone mentioned here if they don’t like it they can go elsewhere, well if the authors don’t like it they should go elsewhere. The authors on this Blog are a joke.



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