Harrisburg Forums – Launched!

As predicted in my last post, the blogHarrisburg forums are officially live as of 2/29/08!  If you haven’t already signed up for an account, now’s a great time to rush in and secure that all-important low user number.

Over the last year I have heard growing criticism of another Popular Local forum’s excessive censorship.  Deleting junk posts is one thing, but it seems that just about any post that fails some convoluted if/then test of content and subject matter gets promptly deleted.  While I haven’t personally verified these claims, it seems that specifically, posts that reference major advertisers, the owners of the forum, and certain politicians are deleted without further review.

That’s not how the blogHarrisburg forums will work.

As stated before, the blogHarrisburg forums will follow a policy of “moderation in moderation”.  Spam posts will be killed.  Posts consisting of nothing but the letter “g” will be killed.  Posts dumping hardcore adult images into innocent threads will be killed. 

And that’s about it.

What won’t be deleted are threads that can make a point intelligently.  In other words, it’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.  Posting “HOLLYWOOD CASNIO SUX LOL” will probably incur a deletion; posting “I don’t like Hollywood Casino because their signs are hard to find” will be just fine.  What I’m trying to do is cut down on all the negatives — drive-by commenting, anonymous trolling, and other examples of jackassery — without hampering people’s ability to speak their minds.

As much as I would like to leave the rules set simply at “don’t be a jerk”, I plan on putting forth some more examples and guidelines so that everyone is playing with the same set of rules.  The last thing I want to be accused of is making phantom deletions for no reason, and I think that this is the best way to achieve that goal.

So between floor9.com and blogHarrisburg.com, 25,000 people see these pages every month.  Let’s use that volume to build a better online community for everyone!