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Topic: General Topics

All About Disemvoweling

What is it?

Disemvoweling forum posts is one of many tools used on Bonanza to keep forums free of negative, incendiary, and dramatic posts. When enough users choose to "disemvowel" a given post, that post will have all of its vowels removed, but will be left in the topic, so if you squint your eyes and look closely, you might still be able to get its gist.

When do I use disemvoweling? When do I use the topic tags instead?

Disemvoweling is a tool to be used when a topic thread, as a whole, is productive and good spirited, but only one or two posts within the otherwise positive thread are dramatic or incendiary. Disemvoweling allows these threads to go on without being removed or taken out of the recent post list, as the topic tags would do.

Other circumstances in which disemvoweling may be used include blatant promoting in a non-promotional forum.

I thought Bonanza was all for freedom of speech? This isn't free speech! I'm going to freak!

BoingBoing.com puts it best:

[We are] steadfast in support of your freedom of speech. We believe that you, O Reader, should be able to have (or refuse to have) anything you want on your own website, as long as it doesn't deprive others of their rights. Yay, freedom of speech!

By that same token, freedom of speech also means that the people who write and edit Boing Boing have the right to have (or refuse to have) anything they want on their own website. If one of the things they don't want is a comment that you have posted, they aren't depriving you of your freedom of speech. You're free to put that comment up on your own webpage.

Replace "BoingBoing" with "Bonanza" and you get the picture...

Why can't you just tell everyone to ignore the trolls?

BoingBoing? What say you?

Because they can't. Everyone automatically reads the text that's there. If it's nasty or unpleasant, they get a dose of that. If there's too much of it, they stop participating. There's far more internet discourse lost to trollage and casual rudeness than is ever lost to moderators.


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