Please Help Me Moderate the Discussions Here on Mormon Stories

John Dehlin Mormon Stories

For a long time, I naively believed that moderation was unethical and undesirable within the bloggernacle. Recently, I’ve had to tweak my approach. Recently I’ve noticed that mean-spiritedness on either side of the debate becomes a true obstacle to those who are sincerely seeking to have genuine dialogue.

So, for the first time, I’ve placed three people into the Mormon Stories Penalty Box. I’ve asked each of these folks to contact me directly so that we can discuss the issues in person. I’ve spoken w/ 1 of these 3 directly–and am still hoping to speak with the other 2.

Please let me clarify what my approach/policy is, and then ask for your help:

  • Offensive language (including mean-spirited insults and crude, senseless swearing) will not be tolerated
  • Personal attacks and the questioning of people’s faith (or lack thereof) will not be tolerated.
  • Long, unrelated diatribes to a thread, will also be filtered.
  • Even if we do not share certain faith or beliefs with others, we MUST be respectful of their belief (or disbelief, as the case may be).

Here’s where I need your help. I do not have the time to closely follow every conversation in detail. In many cases, I’m not even knowledgeable or interested in some of the discussions. I sort of view my role in the bloggernacle as hosting a site that seeks to build bridges and understanding between the disaffected, and the faithful. Consequently, I need your help in informing me if at any time someone steps outside the bounds of propriety on this blog. Please email me directly at mormonstories@gmail.com , and have the subject heading read “Offensive Post”. As soon as I verify the comment, I will immediately remove it and place the offender in the penalty box.

This is the dilemma of rising traffic–both a blessing and a curse. I’m grateful for the increased participation, and I request your patience as we work through the growing pains. I deeply value the contributions of both TBMs and Anti’s on this site–when they come from the spirit of sincerity, and truth-seeking. May we continue to defy the odds, and demonstrate that we can disagree, and even come to understand each other better, without being disagreeable.