Greene County Daily World - Linton Daily Citizen newspaper
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#1 Mar 17, 2014
Over the past few years, staff writers and editors at Greene County Daily World have written articles rebuking "bullying" in the comments sections of blogs and articles that appear on the website. Recently, the senior editor wrote an article stating the newspaper would be taking a more severe approach to perceived bullying on its website.
Full article here: http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2050119.htm...
The article provides general guidelines...name calling, cussing, personal attacks, etc. but the newspaper has provided no standard rules to determine or describe what is or may be interpreted as bullying. It appears to be purely subjective, being determined (i.e. on whims) by the writers and editors.
The article states users have been banned in the past but does not state reasons, other than subjective factors.
Users of the website have repeatedly posted complaints about comments being deleted and asking for explanation. It is rare that any response is received.
Users have also pointed out that the "bullying" guidelines do not seem to be applied the same to all stories. There have been accusations of cases where a comment on a particular story is removed but an apparently similar comment on a different story is not, and vice versa. This had lead to suggestions that whether a comment is removed or not may be motivated by political ideologies, personal ties, or lack thereof, to the parties involved in stories or simply personal beliefs and emotions.
Users are required to accept, and therefore supposedly read, a set of general terms and conditions when signing up for a username. However none of the articles or blog entries written make any reference to the "terms and conditions". So it appears the staff of the Greene County Daily World have taken it upon themselves to be the "enforcers" of the website's comment section.
It seems the staff of the Greene County Daily World has taken to violating its own subjective and vague bullying policy.
#2 Mar 31, 2014
They have some questionable people that work there anyways. Theres not much they're above
#3 May 26, 2014
I saw there were an obit for Michael Burton who d. Aug.5,2010 and it was in your newspaper Aug.12,2010. wonder if I could get a copy of his obit. Thanks. Bettie Wheat. Fairfield, Ill.
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