Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Denver Post bloghouse re Haggard is (up and) down

Mysteriously, the blog feature at Denver Post, relative to the Ted Haggard story, seems to not exist right now. Check it out yourself. "Haggard Steps Down (bloghouse feature)".

Alternatively, you can also try going to the story, look in left column "More on Haggard", and click on:
  • BLOG Share your comment on this story in our blog.

  • It's disabled, vacant, gone, poof!

    EDIT UPDATE: Okay, cat and mouse in effect. Friends, I tried these links repeatedly, and got blank pages. Now all of a sudden, the "share your comment on this story in our blog" link is working.

    This brings up a vital web design and credibility point.

    A person, like Ken Lay, Martha Stewart, or Ted Haggard, has a personal web site.

    The person gets into trouble. Immediately, the site is rendered static, pages are removed, interactive features are disabled, and a message is posted on the main page, with defensive text, like "this site is in transition". In other words, the conversation is closed, shut down. You're treated automatically as a flamer or abusive comment poster, prior to any behavior on your part.

    Ted Haggard
    home page. Also check out the pathetic lies and glossing over sin in the Ken Lay home page.

    [QUOTE]

    Ken’s life exemplified Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

    [END QUOTE]

    For the webmaster to whine about flamers is false. There are a variety of ways to moderate comments and to filter out abusive, trolling, and baiting comments. So to close comments, or render a website static, fixed, and evasive is the wrong thing to do.

    People want to express their support, sympathy, or ridicule. We all need to hear both praise and contempt. Praise actually makes us arrogant and dependent on the opinions of others. Criticism and questioning makes us smarter and more humble. NEVER close comments, just moderate them in the least painful manner possible.

    As Clay Shirky has stated ("Group as User" which is included in The Best Software Writing 1, edited by Joel Spolsky), interactive sites must balance individual expression with group coherence, and signal-to-noise ratios.

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