Flagging Abusive Comments

You can now flag comments on Giza that violate our TOS (terms of service). If enough people flag a given comment, it'll be sent to moderation for review.

A Livable Community

The Terms of Service are available for anyone to read at the bottom of the site. They're not designed to create a pleasant community, per se, but to uphold one that is livable and sustainable. In short, we don't want the following:

  • personal attacks and personally abusive remarks
  • racial epithets or holocaust denial (we're not crazy)
  • disparaging remarks toward homosexuals as a class
  • abusive or egregious use of profanity
  • useless/nonsense comments on everything just to get noticed
  • excessive disparagement of nationalities, genders, or other groups
  • generally obnoxious behavior

If you feel a comment clearly amounts to this - no ambiguities, not much room for interpretation, then flag it by clicking "report comment". If enough people agree, it goes to moderation and will be evaluated.

No Draconian Policies

Our goal is not to overly-restrict people's interactions or expression, but this isn't a public sidewalk and there are rules for disturbing the peace even on sidewalks. All communities have protocols, and Giza is a community in which participation is based on mutual respect, honor, and adherence to the TOS. This is the lightest form of intervention, which is a "police ourselves" model.

No Tyranny of the Majority

Don't worry; if people start flagging comments just because they disagree with them or don't like someone, we'll know. This feature is designed to limit abuse. The final decision on whether to remove a comment lies with the site owners. Nothing will get deleted solely on the basis of crowd consensus.

6 thoughts on “Flagging Abusive Comments”

  1. Two sides of the coin{day/night, light/darkness]
    If you’re really in favor of freedom of expression,
    than you’re in favor of speech for precisely the views you despise.
    On the other side of the coin; the night/dark] side,
    is the arrow that flies in the dead of night,
    because no one sees it
    but it achieves its deadly aim[self-censorship].

  2. The main reason I respect this site is its lack of abusive comments. This community is one of the few that refrains from such nonsense. My only hope is that it continues to be so.

  3. flagging? the observation? validate regularly .use probability.reason the value.IMO one of the reasons the masses have become so dumbed down is the standard is set to its lowest common denominator.what a drag that now days more than ever a few bad apples have to spoil the barrel.this is a classy site .smart people .great vibe.hope it stands on its own.possibly looks like another beginning of the end ..i sure hope there is no co- opting coming down the pike. wish all a great year.thanks for all the illuminating !!

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