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Blog Commenting Guidelines for Journalists

The Guardian Newspaper has posted its commenting guidelines for its own journalists.

I like them.

1. Participate in conversations about our content, and take responsibility for the conversations you start.

2. Focus on the constructive by recognising and rewarding intelligent contributions.

3. Don’t reward disruptive behaviour with attention, but report it when you find it.

4. Link to sources for facts or statements you reference, and encourage others to do likewise.

5. Declare personal interest when applicable. Be transparent about your affiliations, perspectives or previous coverage of a particular topic or individual.

6. Be careful about blurring fact and opinion and consider carefully how your words could be (mis)interpreted or (mis)represented.

7. Encourage readers to contribute perspective, additional knowledge and expertise. Acknowledge their additions.

8. Exemplify our community standards in your contributions above and below the line.

Confessions #5: Sometimes I post here rather than commenting elsewhere

I think blogging time, in my schedule, is a fungible thing. That’s a cool word I just learned. Basically, I have an allocated amount of time for “blogging” and I have to spread that time between writing, reading and commenting.

So sometimes I write lots of posts here and neglect the “community” aspect of blogging. Times like yesterday. Yesterday my blogging comrade and e-friend Ben mentioned a really significant moment. A momentous moment. He sold his house. Without having to go to auction. Which he had expressed concern about. What a relief that must have been for him, and his family. But here’s little old me. Blogging about pointless stuff like Jesus themed thongs. So caught up in my own world that I didn’t comment on his post. Nor did I take the obligatory Monday Quiz.

And now, a day afterwards, I feel guilty because I’ve missed the commenting boat. Other people, who have commented, clearly love Ben more. The only way I can possibly rectify the situation is by trumping a comment with a link. That’s how blog love works. The blug1 beats the comment. It’s like a game of scissors rock paper. The Blug beats the comment. The comment beats the read. And the read must therefore beat the blug – because there’s no point blugging if people aren’t reading.

1A portmanteau2 of blog and plug.
2The strategic mashing together of two words to form one concept. Like Venn diagramming words.

iBlog 2.0

A similar nomenclature was enough to sink the latest Vegemite flavour – so perhaps I should expect too much from this. But I’m fiddling with some new Facebook connect options that have recently been developed before I unleash it on our work websites.

To do this I’ve had to make a fan page on Facebook – you should join up. I’m hoping people will use it to give me ideas for things to blog – like Ali has been doing lately via her comments.

Here’s the link to the fan page, and feel free to add me as a friend (I may ignore you if you look weird).

Eventually you’ll be able to do all sorts of funky interactive stuff between here and Facebook – if I can get it working. I love being a technological guinea pig. You can keep tabs in the sidebar – where I’ve also added a live traffic feed. Interesting times.

If Facebook isn’t your thing but you’ve got a google account why not join the Google Friend Connect thing also on the sidebar… it’ll even add my blog google reader automatically if I’m in the “blogs you follow” category.

Finally, while I’m talking technical stuff and appealing for online friendship – check out my link list in the sidebar too. If you think you should be on it (or would like to be) let me know… and if you’ve got one, well, you could always add me too…

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