Upcoming policy changes to DCSki
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Scott - DCSki Editor
December 18, 2006
Member since 10/10/1999 🔗
1,139 posts
I'm posting this in "Letters to the Editor," but it's really a "Letter From the Editor." (Or more of a ramble, I suppose.)

Regrettably, the actions of a very small number of immature individuals will necessitate changing some aspects of DCSki. For many years, DCSki has promoted open and vibrant discussions in several areas of the site, including the Message Forums, article comments, resort profiles, etc. I have tried to make it as easy as possible for people to comment, only asking in return that people exercise responsibility, judgment, and respect to others in the material they post. Posting to the Message Forums has required registration with a valid e-mail address, solely to prevent spambots from flooding the Message Forums with spam. (I have never used the e-mail addresses for any other purpose, and don't intend to.) I custom-wrote software that allows readers to comment in other areas of DCSki, such as news articles. I was able to write that software in a manner that prevents spambots from posting spam as comments, while eliminating the need for readers to register. I believe this has helped to promote open discussion.

Unfortunately, it has been abused in two major ways in the past week, to post material that was simply unacceptable and potentially libelous. I recognize that few if any of you saw this material, as I was able to quickly remove it, and while I won't repeat the material here, I assure you that it was of a nature that any reasonable person would immediately see does not belong in a public forum. The individual(s) that posted this material, in fact, were begging to be sued and may very well be if they continue their actions. If they believe they posted the material anonymously, they are mistaken.

I suppose it is surprising that the system has not been abused by now, given that DCSki has grown in popularity over the years. Although I take great pride in the resources DCSki offers, I have been most proud of the readership DCSki has attracted -- mature, passionate, helpful readers that have really turned DCSki into a vibrant on-line community of fellow snowsports enthusiasts. It is unfortunate that the actions of one or two individuals will require making some changes to DCSki.

I will be implementing these changes in the near future, and will describe them in more detail here when they're finished. But I wanted to give a head's up that they're coming and to let you know why. Some solutions I'm considering include requiring any comment posters to have registered, or to hold "anonymous" comments for manual review before they are posted. I will try to make it as easy as possible for readers to continue commenting in various sections of DCSki.

I have to tell you that these kinds of issues have really wasted time and caused a great deal of stress over the past few months, threatening the future of DCSki in a very tangible way. (I'm not looking for any sympathy points here; I run DCSki because I enjoy it and it challenges me. That's always been the sole criteria, and I certainly hope to continue enjoying it for years to come!) The very last thing I want to do is police comments or take actions that might restrict candid discussions. I also do not like being accused of trying to limit free speech by people who do not know all of the facts, although I understand that will always be the case. Some individuals feel they are entitled to post whatever they want to DCSki under the perceived veil of anonymity, and this is simply not the case on several levels. For one thing, DCSki is a private site. For another, all web sites log who visits them, and a subpoena will lead directly to one's computer. Let me be clear: I have no problem with discussions that are objective and critical. The two incidents I am referring to did not fit into this category in any manner. DCSki has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to making damaging and unfounded allegations about the personal lives of readers, resort employees, or anyone else. That's called defamation; it's against the law; and it absolutely will not be permitted on DCSki.
Leo
December 19, 2006
Member since 11/15/2005 🔗
279 posts
Scott -- I assume these users and the IP addresses that go with them have been suspended and can no longer post to the site. Is that correct? I hope so.

It's rediculous that you have to deal with this.
Scott - DCSki Editor
December 19, 2006
Member since 10/10/1999 🔗
1,139 posts
Yes, the IP addresses have been blocked from reaching the site. But people sometimes have access to multiple computers (e.g., work/home). (The two messages came from two separate I.P.'s, but the content was so similar I'm fairly confident it was the same person.)
bawalker
December 19, 2006
Member since 12/1/2003 🔗
1,547 posts
That's a smart move, considering I deal with the same stuff on a regular basis with a few websites, having SOME filtering protocols in place to protect the users and not limit speech is almost a nessecity.
fishnski
December 19, 2006
Member since 03/27/2005 🔗
3,530 posts
We need a dcski ADULT site so IMMATURES like me can have fun!
Clay
December 19, 2006
Member since 04/11/2006 🔗
555 posts
Quote:

We need a dcski ADULT site so IMMATURES like me can have fun!




I thought that was called TGR..

Clay
bawalker
December 19, 2006
Member since 12/1/2003 🔗
1,547 posts
Quote:

We need a dcski ADULT ...




Does that mean we get to see Boarderbabe without the bikini?? Speaking of which, where has she been?
boarderbabe
December 19, 2006
Member since 02/7/2005 🔗
33 posts
the bikini stays

And I a have just been waiting for some mature conversations to make it worth my while
bawalker
December 19, 2006
Member since 12/1/2003 🔗
1,547 posts
Dang it. :P

Do we at least get pics with the bikini on?!?!
Bill
December 20, 2006
Member since 01/5/2005 🔗
42 posts
Just a thought, how about using volunteer moderators for each forum? I have seen that used on other sites and it seems to work well. I would think it would also help lessen your work load.

Cheers,
snowcone
April 29, 2007
Member since 09/27/2002 🔗
589 posts
Yes ... Scott ... I would be willing to moderate any forum you want to assign.

I realize I haven't been on the board much this season ... something about downsizing and job hunting precluding much skiing ..., BUT, am more or less gainfully employed now and have evenings to waste, ahem, 'devote' to my elderly machine and the forum.
btw ... i like the new smileys next to the log on ... maybe that's what's needed around here ... mood indicators!!
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