A landmark case today about suing the council, videoing council meetings and being careful about what appears on the blogs about the council, here is the news item http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-21798153 and here is case http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2013/515.html
I guess with ECR going to ground over spam http://eastcliffrichard.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/spam-makes-me-sick.html and all of the other hostile comment I realise that I am either going to have throw in the blogging towel or take up some different approach.
To be honest the spam isn’t the worst of it, the most time consuming is the potentially hostile comment, that may contain something libellous, of course it may not but often it’s hard to tell.
The law on this is bouncing about all over the place, in layman’s terms at the moment I take it that roughly having a blog means that it is the blog owners responsibility to remove anonymous libellous comment, this is comment that has anonymous and comment that has a name by it, but this doesn’t form a link to a profile page.
There are also those profiles that lead to a page saying this person hasn’t shared their profile and it isn’t really possible to tell who that person really is, bit of a grey area this.
My take here is that this blog isn’t particularly popular among councillors of both main political parties at TDC nor is it popular among some of the senior officers. And quite a few of them would like to see it go.
There are very few popular Thanet blogs this a list of the top few according to my referral statistics.
Most popular at the top, as thanetpress.blogspot.co.uk is one I run I can say that this one is at about the point where spam and hostile comment becomes a minor irritant, it gets about a hundredth of the problem that this blog does. Although it gets about a third of the readership, I guess there is a point below which people don’t bother much as it isn’t really worth the effort.
One way of dealing with the hostile and spam comment is to operate comment moderation, to be honest I don’t really have the time. another is to regulate who can comment, which is what I do when I go to sleep or am too busy to keep an eye on the comment.
On to today’s Gazette where I get the impression the repercussion of the Ezekiel trial are going to rumble on for some time, the same with Pleasurama, I think the key here is the council are going to have to consider becoming much more transparent in their dealings with the public.