There seems to be some confusion about moderation, censorship, etc on this site so let’s try to clear a few things up.
1. WHY ARE YOU DELETING MY COMMENTS?!?
No one is deleting your comments, but a bunch of people may have decided they are not impressed with them. There is only one kind of comment moderation on this site and that’s community moderation. Just as popular useful comments are voted up and get highlighted, if enough people vote your comment down it will go through the following stages: at minus four they shrink as a warning, at minus 8 they go into foreclosure and at minus 10 they are hidden behind an overgrown hedge, i.e. they vanish from view. If you want to read the unexpurgated comment stream you can always find them here. That link is kept handy at the bottom of the left hand column.
This system is under continual adjustment with the goal of keeping the comment thread useful and entertaining without too many trolls, spam or repetitive flamebait comments. The drawback with the current system is that it hides both the garbage comments and the unpopular ones. Please consider voting up comments that you disagree with that raise reasonable points. We’re looking into a hybrid system that will allow separate voting for garbage content aside from the current agree/disagree mode, but this won’t happen anytime too soon.
2. WHY IS MY COMMENT HELD FOR MODERATION?!?
If your comment doesn’t show up on the site as soon as you submit it, chances are you added more than two hyperlinks. This triggers the spam filter and holds the comment for manual approval, which may take many hours. The best way around this problem is to limit each comment to one or two external links only. If you saw the amount of garbage that gets swept up in the spam filter you’d understand why this system is in place.
If you’re linking to multiple external links as proof of your argument or research to back up your point, you may want to consider submitting an article. Original written material that relates to the vancouver housing market and economy is welcome and can be submitted here: http://vancouvercondo.info/submit
3. HEY! MY VOTE CHANGED THE SCORE DOUBLE!
If you click on a comment vote arrow and the score goes up or down by 2 points there are two possibilities: Either someone else made the same vote between the time that you loaded the page and the time that you clicked the arrow, or you’re a registered logged in user. Registered users who are logged in get double voting power because they tend to add consistent content to the site and are the ones who decide the direction of the site.
4. ANYTHING ELSE?
That’s it for now. This is the system for comment moderation that is in place for Vancouver Condo Info as of November 2010. You’re welcome to add comments or questions in the comment section below.