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Apr 02 2014

What I’m Really Doing at Skeptech

No, I’m not interviewing Rebecca Watson at Skeptech, on destroying movements or anything else. I am, however, moderating a panel at 11 on Sunday morning.

Do read the comments; creating a constructive online community
How to we go beyond the trolls in our online spaces? Preventing malicious comments is fine, but the goal of many online communities is to exhibit robust and nuanced discussion in the comments. How do we reach this goal? What are the effective techniques used? What is the role of moderation, whether used too little, too much, or just used badly?

Panelists:
Heina Dadabhoy (of Skepchick)
Arif Hasan (of the Daily Norseman, editor in chief of Vikings Territory)
Beth Ann Erickson (of Skeptic Ink)
Miri Mogilevsky (of Freethought Blogs)

I don’t think I’ve never met Arif, but I already know there are some very different approaches to moderating comments and goals for comment sections among the panelists. That’s good. It should be an interesting discussion.

4 comments

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  1. 1
    Pteryxx

    By any chance will videos be going up from the sessions? …or even mp3s? *whine*

  2. 2
    Stephanie Zvan

    I know the plan has been for videos. I’m not entirely sure whether the organizers have managed to make that happen, though. I’ll find out.

  3. 3
    Miri, Professional Fun-Ruiner

    I already know there are some very different approaches to moderating comments and goals for comment sections among the panelists.

    Yeah, I think they picked me to represent the “ban the fuck out of everyone” faction.

  4. 4
    Gen, Uppity Ingrate and Ilk

    Yeah, I think they picked me to represent the “ban the fuck out of everyone” faction.

    A faction I, personally, thoroughly approve of.

    This panel sounds incredible. I hope they’ll be able to make the video happen, I’d love to see this.

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