Editors
Talking About The News
June 15, 2007

By Simon Bucks, Associate Editor

The Sky News discussion boards have been running for a couple of weeks now, and thousands of you are using them.

The discussions are wide ranging, but Madeleine McCann has been the topic which has preoccupied the majority. It’s sparked a lot of sidebar topics, including the level of attention paid by the media to the search for her, especially in relation to the amount of coverage given to the plights of other children across the world.

There are few technical issues we are still working on to make them easier to use. I’d like to hear your views on how user-friendly you find them– leave them here, please.

One or two users have gone over the top, making appalling comments clearly designed to upset or outrage. We have deleted the offending threads as soon as practically possible. One or two users have suggested we are censoring comments.

Believe me, we are not. The profanity filter may appear a bit tough, and I am afraid it catches some perfectly OK words. But messages caught in that way will be reposted by the moderators as soon as possible.

The House rules are pretty clear: comments should be clean, constructive and suitable for all age groups. They shouldn’t contain or condone denigrating comments or encourage or condone criminal, illegal or immoral behaviour.

I don’t think those rules are too restrictive. They are meant to make the Discussion Boards interesting and enjoyable. If any individuals want to mess it up for the rest, we’ll delete their accounts and if necessary report them to the authorities.

By the way, since we launched the discussion boards, we have dropped the Have Your Say blog. But all the other blogs are going strong. See what's on offer on the COMMENT home page. 

We have other goodies coming, including an interactive quiz and user photo-boards. Watch this space.

Written by Sky News, June 15, 2007

Comments

The profanity filter is flagging up posts that are neither profane or abusive to any section of society while allowing people who openly claim to support the violent conquest of the world a free space to preach.

Furthermore I find it disconcerting that I can spend an hour replying to a valid argument only for my four hundred words of the Queens English get lost in your system.

Should I mail replies instead? It would often be quicker.


Obviously the Moderators of the 'Discussion' Forums!


So then, what catches this out:-
A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to
World War II owned a number of large industries and
estates. When asked how many German people were true
Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude
toward fanaticism

"Very few people were true Nazis "he said," but many
enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were
too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought
the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just
sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew
it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the
end of the world had come. My family
lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp
and the Allies destroyed my factories."

We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking
heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that
the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in
peace.

Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is
entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to
make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the
spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the
name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule
Islam at this moment in history.

It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who
wage any one of 50 shooting wars world-wide. It is the
fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or
tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually
taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave.
It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or
honour kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque
after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread
the stoning and hanging of rape victims and
homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the
"peaceful majority" the "silent majority" is cowed and
extraneous.

Communist Russia comprised Russians who just wanted
to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were
responsible for the murder of about 20 million people.
The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge
population, it was peaceful as well, but Chinese
Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million
people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II
was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and
slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy
of killing that included the systematic murder of 12
million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword,
shovel and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into
butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of
Rwandans were "peace loving"?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt,
yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the
most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving
Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.

Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they
don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany,
they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own
them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians,
Rwandans, Serbs Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians,
Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have
died because the peaceful majority did not speak up
until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay
attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics
who threaten our way of life.


I agree with the article. If people cant say anything constructive, they should keep quiet. however you feel about the coverage of the mccanns, at the end of the day a four year old child is missing without trace, and anybody with ahuman bonein their body must want her safe and well.


Sir
It does appear that the profanity filter has saved Sky and “DJ Tiesto” from such a “Titanic” task. Although to suggest that Sky would apply a profanity filter just for the sake of can only be described as absurd!

Personally, Sky allowance insofar as to allow the humble viewer the opportunity to further interact is one I intend to respect for ever, whilst at the same time ensuring that I do not destroy the fun and informative of enjoyment channel for others! So, Hear Hear! If you want to keep your account “Dead or Alive” , careful as “You Spin Me right Around”! Happy Fathers Day Dad!


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