A few days have passed since I posted the poll. The results are now in: Option 3 — the option of deleting some comments — seems like the clear winner.
Some of you would’ve rather had me continue to do nothing about the comments, and it seems that even some of the people who did vote for the deletion of certain comments saw it only as the least awful alternative, worried that it might change the comment section to something unrecognizable.
While I totally understand such misgivings, I do want to assure you that that’s neither what I want to happen or what I intend to do. In a way, a big part of me feels that nothing about the comment policy actually changes with this result. If you’ve ever read the site’s FAQ, you will have noticed that for a very long time it has already included this line in it:
“In short, just don’t be an idiot.”
This change will not affect 99% of you in any way. You will continue to never have your comments deleted. Feel free to post your silly, offbeat, questionable and controversial comments just as you have up until now. I’m not going to spell out what is and what isn’t acceptable, because again, 99% of the commenters here have no problem using common sense and figuring that out for themselves.
I pretty much see Tsunku♂ as one of my all-time heroes in life. You think everything he touches is the definition of shit? Go ahead and express that. I think the no-dating rule is nothing less than the cancer of the idol scene. You don’t agree? That’s alright, you can say so. It doesn’t matter how many downvotes your comment may get — I’m not going to delete it just because we disagree.
But from this point on, don’t be surprised when your comments have a tendency of disappearing if you’re in the habit of using my site as a means of telling people to kill themselves.
If anything, I simply wasn’t implementing the “don’t be an idiot” rule appropriately up until now. That’s probably what allowed the comment section to go down the path it has. So let’s see if this time I can’t in turn fix it by being truer to my own words.
Thus, while it’s not exactly new, this rule is effective as of now.
As to how I’m going to implement it? First, I want to try and see if I can keep it simple and just delete the garbage comments manually. If this ever gets to be too tedious, I’m going to look into some of the plugins you suggested — I liked many of your ideas, such as a reporting ability or a “hide downvoted comments” function.
I’m obviously not in front of the computer 24/7, so I won’t get to everything right away. Inevitably, some comments that eventually end up deleted will stay up on the site a while before they go. I don’t mind that, and I hope you try not to, too. I highly suggest that you instead simply ignore those comments — they’ll be gone before long anyway, as will any comments in response to them.
If some comment that you feel very obviously needs to go doesn’t get deleted after a day or two, there is a small possibility I may have missed it. In that case, as there is no actual reporting ability yet, you can just message me about it directly. (Do understand, however, that there is no guarantee I will actually delete the comment in question.)
If all of the above fails, I might take some of your other advice such as bringing in someone else to moderate the comments for me, or ultimately requiring users to sign-in in order to comment.
I do not, however, think the way to go is disabling comments entirely. Let’s find out if we can’t have our cake and eat it too; that is, keep the comment section alive and hopefully make it as enjoyable as it once was before.
Thank you for all your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for improving Wota in Translation.