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OFF TOPIC FROM A POSTED STORY!! Post it here! This space is reserved for reader sharing and observations in a easy reading friendly chat space that is non-business, non-political orientated. Got a question? Post it here; maybe our readers will have your answers. This is a non-political forum for our readers to share their thoughts on issues of their community and family. Share a recent adventure or maybe you're looking for ideas.

ALL comments of a political nature are to be placed in the Political Forum. Placing political opinions in other spaces will be deleted unless specifically relevant to a posted story. We encourage those that have strong political views and opinions to get their own blog spot. This would be your own venue for all things important to you. It gives readers the opportunity to pick and choose their reading pleasures.

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Dude what "crazies" are you talking about?

-- Posted by Geordey on Wed, Dec 17, 2014, at 2:59 PM

Thank you Sam.

-- Posted by McCallumS on Wed, Dec 17, 2014, at 4:50 AM

McCallumS, the MHN is owned by Rust Communications which does business under the newspaper website.

They seem to use the same web site software as MHN does so their site is very familiar but here are some differences that I noticed.

1. Staff do not seem to post political blogs. They instead post blogs about a neighborhood store or a story from the past. -- These blogs don't seem to attract much comment or they are monitored closely and cleaned up.

2. There are community bloggers that sometimes post town stuff, but sometimes political stuff. -- They have no comments on them. It looks like you can comment on them but others won't see your comments.

I saw only politeness from any of the commenters, so I suspect that it is closely monitored. The other thing that I noticed, that seemed different is that although this didn't seem to be a requirement people were tending to use their own names like: KimClark or JoeSmith as their screen names.

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Tue, Dec 16, 2014, at 4:14 PM

gmoney great post,could't agree more,although you will probably draw the wrath of mccallumS.

-- Posted by proof positive on Tue, Dec 16, 2014, at 3:40 PM

Unfortunately this paper is extremely biased. In my opinion the media should report and allow opinion without bias. So many posts have been deleted that had replies following them which ended up making no sense unless those reading had a chance to see the deleted post prior to it being deleted.

This paper and those controlling the content it contains seem to continuously change what is and is not allowed, there are no set rules to follow and as Sam stated it is confusing, the poster might do their best to follow the unwritten rules but still end up getting their opinion deleted.

Maybe some new blood should be brought in to refresh the content and allow more open mindedness.

Can anyone give me any information about who owns this paper?

-- Posted by McCallumS on Tue, Dec 16, 2014, at 3:39 PM

uncommon sense, we can still have nice things. IMO, one of two things needs to happen if not both.

1. People have to use their real names. If others use their real name, I'll use mine.

2. Monitoring of the blog comments needs to be consistent.

I realize that MHN is doing everyone a favor to allow input on these blogs but they are also allowing unbridled name calling, lying, and other unpleasant things. There are also rulings from MHN on comments that are sometimes difficult to understand. It's a carrot and a stick.

Some people may very well feel that the carrot isn't worth the stick, especially when the stick becomes, out of the blue, a taser with no warning or explanation of what set it off.

There was a comment that a few people were going off topic on both blog sites. I later made a comment last night which was on topic. I didn't see any other comments. So I'm thinking, was my comment considered to be off topic? Did someone else go off topic? What happened? Maybe we will never know.

I vented last night. My suggestions for improvement today are sincere with no animosity to anyone.

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Tue, Dec 16, 2014, at 2:55 PM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Thank you.

Alert the authorities, the crazies got out and are on the loose again.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Tue, Dec 16, 2014, at 2:55 PM

Aaannnd, this is why we can't have nice things.

-- Posted by uncommon sense on Tue, Dec 16, 2014, at 1:30 PM

Don't worry Geordey, feel for you too. Public/open forum, yes it does concern me. There was a political forum created for the few who continue to berate others, that includes all sides. Lets try and keep it there. Sam posted in an open/public forum expecting replies, this is mine

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Tue, Dec 16, 2014, at 9:11 AM

Joe it looks to me like you are missing a point that isn't addressed to you.

-- Posted by Geordey on Tue, Dec 16, 2014, at 7:42 AM

Gee Sam, feel sorry for you.

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Tue, Dec 16, 2014, at 7:30 AM

There is a trust that has been broken. People can comment on blogs as long as they stick to the subject of the blog. Or they can comment on the political forum.

We thought we had rules: no name calling, which is inadequately enforced by MHN and sticking to the topic which has also been inadequately enforced by MHN. This seems to go way overboard until people start responding in kind.

Recently all comments were deleted from Kelly's latest blogs and they have been disabled from commenting on. This seems to be because some people have not stuck to the subject of the blogs. Some people did stick to the subject of the blogs, but did respond when others digressed into other subjects. I think this may be because some people don't like being moved to the Political Forum but I'm okay with that. I was willing to talk to them anywhere.

I know that for my part, I researched every comment that I made and I tried to continually return to the subject of the blog. I tried to follow the rules in all cases.

But my work was wiped out as were others and the blogs were disabled. I didn't mind the occasional humiliating note from Brenda about my comment and took that as a learning experience.

I have to ask, what are the rules here? I try to follow them, but comments are treated as not the work that Kelly put into his original blog but as garbage that can be tossed.

I have enjoyed the MHN blogs, including the political blog but I don't believe that anybody deserves their work to be thrown out. If the rules, which I've never seen anywhere is that everything can be thrown out at anytime that is fine. That was not disclosed to us when we signed up to comment. I'd like to note that I comment on the blogs as an exercise to keep me current on political affairs.

I imagine this comment will be deleted. I will followup with this elsewhere.

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Mon, Dec 15, 2014, at 10:08 PM

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