A tad odd we might say.
Sunny writes a piece arguing (oh so wittily!) that Maggie\’s State Funeral should be privatised.
In the comments, this:
WouldWouldnt22 December 2011 02:33PM
Here are a few extracts from the Guardian\’s \”community standards\” policy
1. We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), persistent trolling and mindless abuse will not be tolerated. The key to maintaining the Guardian website as an inviting space is to focus on intelligent discussion of topics.
How precisely is a jokey article about a living person\’s impending death consistent with this community standard?
By my count, about half the comments here should be deleted on this ground, alone. But nasty comments about somebody dying – as soon as possible – have been invited by the tone of this piece.
3. We understand that people often feel strongly about issues debated on the site, but we will consider removing any content that others might find extremely offensive or threatening. Please respect other people\’s views and beliefs and consider your impact on others when making your contribution.
Again, it is hard to think of a more offensive thing than glorying in the prospect of somebody\’s death. But that\’s a fair characterisation of about half the comments on this thread.
5. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of hate-speech, or contributions that could be interpreted as such. We recognise the difference between criticising a particular government, organisation, community or belief and attacking people on the basis of their race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.
I would have thought jokes about a very old person being about to die constitutes \”attacking people on the basis of their … age\”
– If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems.
– Don\’t be unpleasant. Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom and humour we know you possess.
– Take some responsibility for the quality of the conversations in which you\’re participating. Help make this an intelligent place for discussion and it will be.
Joking about a living person\’s death is a wonderful display of intelligence, wisdom and humour, and is in no way unpleasant .
I\’d be interested to see if the Guardian actually applies its own moderation policy.
Yes, in fact, they do apply their moderation policy, the ban the comment!
(N0, not my comment)