On commenting…

For the most part our commenters add immense value to the Slugger blog. But occasionally they step over the line. Sometimes that is bounded by the law; at other times (particularly in the case of the dead, who have no legal rights) it is the bounds of decency. I have had to snip a couple this pm. One was straight forward default playing the man. In the case of the Derry thread, an anonymous commenter using the courtesy comment space of Slugger to take pot shots at named individuals without disclosing his/her own identity. As a result, I’ve had to take the whole thing offline; mostly because I don’t have the time take out the best bits and put it back online again. Just remember guys, Slugger is an open space where all political views are welcome. The golden rule is: play the ball and not the man. If you have information, or some leads that you would like us to investigate further, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. But you cannot short cut the law and use Slugger as a means of settling scores. Or as means to filibuster ideas out of legitimate public debate.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty