the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, while we are updated the “New” Ridgewood blog format , here is a quick review on how comments get approved on this blog . First we do not publish threats . We do not publish racist or bigoted language . In general we try to minimize the name calling but there is some wiggle room on this one . If your willing to call people names be willing to be called names , alot of people have trouble with this one . Some times a rephrasing of a comment is all that’s needed to get it published . There is a lower standard for attacking public figures and politicians than there is for ordinary citizens. And remember even in Ridgewood there are more than a few “crazies” out there.
Open Forums depend on a certain level of honesty of their posters so “Trolling” is strictly forbidden .
In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement.
If you IP gets branded as a TROLL most of your comments will go directly to spam and we will never see them .
Repeat commentators are another issue , this is where a comment gets repeated for every post whether its relevant or not . The system will block these comments and they will end up in the spam folder as well.
Other issues ; often comments on police business are delayed. Sometimes a comment can inadvertently disclose police business and these are also held up for the sake of the officers safety and to not tip off the perpetrators .
Posting comments with links are also delayed , the links must be checked for viruses.
Sometimes comments are approved out of order , nothing diabolical just difficulty reading them on a mobile device.
The blog generally does not post comments on peoples personal lives ,such as allegations of adulterous relationships, underage lovers ,drug or alcohol binges , teen issues and so on . Like everything there are odd exceptions.
Anonymity is an option and is and will remain available for readers protection. People who complain about anonymous posters are people seeking revenge or looking to shut down public dissent. Unlike Facebook and other many other forms of social media we make an effort to protect your privacy where possible. We do not sell your data to third parties but we may from time to time try to sell you something.
You are directly responsible for your comments and the Ridgewood Police department has proven very adept at finding those who cross the line.
And finally for editorial purposes sometimes comments are held because we think they will make a interesting posts ie Rurik Halaby’s insane diatribes.
The Ridgewood blog is an organic news source . News items are sprinkled among reader opinions continually generating more opinions and discussion . Like it or not the Readers are the blog and the editors operate more like a referees. Sometimes we weigh in too much and sometimes too little ,it not an exact science and it takes a lot of effort to balance freedom of expression with over the top name calling. Frankly we think its gotten better and better over the years with broader discussions and greater participation.
Thank you all for your support !