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We're working at making OEN a more civil place. That means editors are going after the name calling and nastiness in the comments-- warning offenders, hiding some comments and banning the worst of the combatants.


Some people call this censorship. We've been through that conversaion over and over again. Censorship is a thing governments do. When a publisher cuts or rejects content, it's called editing and that's the way the world works.

We call it doing our jobs to maintain OEN as a place people want to come and spend their time reading, conversing and sharing ideas.

We do have some rules-- no hate speech and WE the editors are the arbiters of that. And we believe that people can strongly disagree without calling names.

We, the editors, believe that this approach will make the OEN experience a better, more pleasant one. People who need to call names and get nasty will ultimately find that they are not welcome at OEN. If you're smart enough to have an intelligent opinion, you need to be emotionally smart enough to disagree with civility. I am personally working my hardest at living up to these rules.

In the coming weeks, we're rebuilding our commenting system-- new software to make it faster and easier to post comments, using "ajax" software, so you'll be able to see the article and other comments while you are creating your comment. And we'll have a better system to deal with flagged comments, back panel-wise.

These will also enable us to see patterns of abuse by members. We really want an open forum where there's freedom to discuss ideas, but when it comes to nastiness and incivility, we're drawing the line.


Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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  When you inject bottom up you do not g... by Theresa Paulfranz on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 2:28:38 PM
I like taking orders, except from my children, and... by Katrin R. on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 2:32:56 PM
though we all know there will be some fuzzy lines.... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 2:43:49 PM
I vote for fewer pop ups. They drive me nuts. The ... by Cinderfella on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 12:46:01 AM
You and your editors have my full support. In orde... by Jan Saxton on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 2:46:53 PM
"It takes boldness, even audacity, to step ou... by Rob Kall on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 3:54:08 PM
'Kindness is the language which the deaf can h... by Katrin R. on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 4:16:17 PM
'Words are loaded pistols.'Jean - Paul &nb... by Katrin R. on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 4:18:09 PM
I have to feel somewhat at a loss with censorship ... by James McMillin on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 3:44:48 PM
In every publication where I served as an editor t... by Bill Hare on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 4:08:50 PM
Thank you.  Discourse should be about ideas, ... by Jim Finley on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 5:50:26 PM
That's a silly comment!!! (just kidding!)... by Katrin R. on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 6:13:27 PM
Or maybe they just do not know how,  never ha... by James McMillin on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 6:22:43 PM
i dont think i have called any body any names and ... by TRADESMAN on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 8:04:34 PM
He has never ranted at me, I grant. But if he did... by Oh on Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 5:07:13 AM
For the first time that I can remember online sinc... by John Toradze on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 8:13:25 PM
Civility, humanity in writing, dignity!  A we... by sometimes blinded on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 11:25:09 PM
...but I have to say it.Oppositional defiance.&nbs... by Richard Volaar on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 11:40:31 PM
Discretion is the better part of valor. I've got a... by Cinderfella on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 12:35:36 AM
Love it!  Your comment  reminds me of th... by sometimes blinded on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 8:32:39 AM
And so does the dictionary. Editing is censorship.... by James Hadstate on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 9:14:44 AM
Thanks, Rob for stepping up and drawing lines wher... by Nancy Babcock on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 6:02:08 PM
Some people call this censorship. We've been t... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 10:15:21 PM
censoring One entry found. Main Entry... by Brett Paatsch on Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 10:42:59 PM