For some strange reason my Guardian user account was tagged for ‘pre-moderation’ last April, based on ‘a pattern of behaviour involving spamming, trolling and / or repeated/frequent borderline abuse’.
EYEsay strange because my mother brought me up not to be rude and this proposed ‘pattern of behaviour‘ was based on a grand total of two completely innocuous comments.
You can read all about my attempt to fight for the right to join the comment is free party here but for anyone else currently experiencing ‘pre-moderation’ blues EYEhas some advice about the best way to protect your tarnished reputation.
If you suspect that your ‘temporary pre-moderation‘ experience is a consequence of having been targeted by radical feminists and/or believe that you have been treated inequitably by ineffective, ill informed or politically biased moderators (and there does appear to be quite a few of you) then my advice is this.
STEP 1: Review your previous actions / comments to satisfy yourself that they were all compliant with the Moran Code for modern feminists / humanists, as follows:
STEP 2: Advise the moderation team that you suspect your current ‘temporary pre-moderation‘ status may be an act of direct sex discrimination and that you would like to make a complaint under the Guardian Media Group’s equal opportunity policy for service users.
STEP 3: Give the moderation team a week to respond. Assuming that they completely ignored your request, notify them that they have 5 working days to review and remove your ‘temporary pre-moderation‘ status. Also write to the Guardian’s Reader’s Editor and ask: how do you make a complaint under the Guardian Media Group’s equal opportunity policy?
STEP 4: If YOUisBloke he will probably just ignore your question, nonetheless, within a couple of days, you should be magically afforded fair service and free speech once again.
Alternatively you may simply decide to switch to a news service provider that doesn’t make you assert your right to equality before deciding to actually respect it….
You can keep track of my ongoing efforts to find someone / anyone in the Guardian who’s prepared to take my equal opportunity complaint seriously here.
Be seeing you…;-)