The Middle Way: elephant journal’s Comment Policy.

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on Oct 13, 2013
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Read our Comment Policy: “Mean Comments Suck.”

There is so much anger in elephant readers, as I’ve seen in several posts tonight (or rather the resulting comments, most of which have been about the titles or images). I guess that fire and passion is preferable to the “like” culture I see on celebrity fan pages, or media (can’t call them journalism” pages that are all about smoothie recipes or humor.

But…anger is painful and unhelpful in illuminating minds and hearts. We can and must be respectful in our dialogue, and criticism. Folks make mistakes. We do not and should not desire orthodoxy, self-righteousness in our community so much as we should desire to protect all views and diverse experiences, even those we regard as wrong, oppressive and exploitative.

We can bring awareness to all only through love, never through anger. Let’s all re-resolve to communicate our criticism with respect, even appreciation. If we can’t, we’ll have to delete your comment and ban you from this page, which is our loss. ~ Waylon Lewis

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9 Responses to “The Middle Way: elephant journal’s Comment Policy.”

  1. Has it ever occurred to anyone that the ability to take criticism, as the Buddha supposedly did, is part of practice?

    Deleting a comment, and blocking, is not taking criticism, it’s avoidance, so people can live in a fantasy bubble, not be questioned, always be right.

    The issues with this are numerous, non constructive, and enabling.

    This is just something to consider.

  2. Jaime says:

    I think they were referring to the people that can’t seem to control themselves and are habitual for leaving nasty negative comments on everything. Getting enraged over articles that are opinion based is ridiculous and shouldn’t have to be tolerated, and I would delete them too.

  3. Padma Kadag says:

    Interestingly enough if we were to apply your "mindful" comment pyramid to those who write articles, which are commented upon, then the articles themselves might be written with more authority and authenticity. Rather you would set a higher standard for those who comment than the actual article….funny.

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