Be nice on our website
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 11:49 AM
The Putnam County Sentinel's website has the ability for our readers to voice their opinion regarding certain topics related to the stories we publish.
The Sentinel welcomes its reader's input, whether it's a pat on the back or constructive criticism.
Constructive criticism is ok as long as it remains clean and doesn't turn into destructive criticism. Just last week a reader posted a comment about a local politician and public figure being in bed together. It's comments like this that opens the Sentinel up to libel suits and forces us to essentially delete entire threads of comments on the website.
We cannot delete one comment without deleting the whole thread. Unfortunately, this includes interesting comments people want to read.
In other words, one bad apple spoils the whole salad. As we've stated in this column a few weeks ago, if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all.
Due to this recent activity, all comments on the website must now be approved by someone at the Sentinel. So, if you don't see your comment posted right away, it's waiting on approval. If you don't see your comment posted within 24 hours it means it was too illicit to put on the site and you need to nicely say what you want to say.
We will not tolerate people saying false, nasty things about other people. It's not ethical and it's just not nice. Nobody wants to see mean comments in print or on a computer screen.
Letters to the editor uphold the same standard. Although all letters must be verified by a phone call, we will not print something that is known to be false or slanderous.