To Our Readers: Transparency

By Adena Schutzberg and Joe Francica

An article prompts a comment.The comment provokes more comments.The original comment provokes phone calls.The original comment is removed.That prompts more phone calls and more comments.And, then more e-mails.

We want to explain our policy to readers regarding comments on articles, blog comments and Letters to the Editor.Our goal is to make Directions Magazine a place where calm, rational conversations can occur.To date, we are most pleased with the participation from posters across the globe.However, we are sensitive to issues arising from an open forum.

We will not tolerate graphic or inappropriate posts and remove them promptly.That's in part why posters to our blog must "key in" those colored letters; it prevents automated blog spam.We are also sensitive to the fact that posters might inadvertently appear to represent an organization when in fact the organization has a different view.In that case, we will respect the wishes of the employer and remove the post.(This has happened on more that on occasion in recent memory.) We did in fact err in this case by not clearly stating the nature of the removal when it occurred, which caused unnecessary confusion.

We do not want to curb free speech, nor direct the flow of conversations.As posters you can help us avoid this sort of situation.When posting, consider whether or not your opinion represents that of the organization which you list as your affiliation.If there is any doubt, ask your supervisor or simply write "no affiliation." Some editors will ask about such things before printing Letters to the Editor, though they are not required to do so.At least here at Directions Magazine, comments on articles or blogs typically do not receive such scrutiny.

We appreciate the active and vocal community that Directions has spawned.We want to be as clear as possible about how we manage this resource to insure your trust.And, we want to secure the Magazine's value today and into the future.

If you have any concerns on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Joe Francica
Adena Schutzberg

Published Friday, June 24th, 2005

Written by Adena Schutzberg and Joe Francica

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