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Mr Peston’s comment moderation policy

Here is the text of a post made under Robert Peston’s financial reporting blog at the BBC. The thread was the_goldman_infallibility_myth made by Robert on 17th March 2009.


131. At 00:14am on 17 Mar 2009, spur22 wrote:

Respect to poster No1 BasaltRocky who delivered a fine fisking, worth rereading for its analysis of the really major political and economic decision which was taken in the autumn of last year.

The following link leads to an an attempt to put what has happened in the financial world into a piece of picture reporting.

[Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I wasn’t able to get this published by anything other than a small print run magazine. This was a shame because I think it says something about what has happened to our country.


Like many blog posts nowadays this original post used an inline link which lead back to this site – and to this post. My original message went to the moderators at the BBC – and stayed there until the direct link was edited out. I think this is interesting because the posted link at my site uses text, but, is mainly picture, and I am clear about what it is I make and do here.

But, while I was waiting to see what happened in Mr Peston’s moderation process, I thought I’d ask a question.

This was the new post I made at No.145 using a link to a new blog post I made here because the original was in Beeb moderation.


145. At 09:15am on 17 Mar 2009, spur22 wrote:

All about post #131


At the time, I hadn’t had any contact from the moderators about why a link to this blog and a drawing was any sort of problem, so, I posted one more question about it.


157. At 10:33am on 17 Mar 2009, spur22 wrote:

What is happening to post #131?
More about it here…


I got an email from a BBC moderator at 16.37 refering to one of these subsequent questions, explaining politely, they were terming subsequent link(s) as spam. There was no reason given as to why the original direct inline link was edited.

I can’t see myself, other than the use of a picture, what the difference is between my inline link to a blog post at this site and many of the other inline links which are consistently run from Robert Peston’s blog conversations. (See posts No6, 18, 36, 50, 81, 115, 135 and 141 in the same thread).

Of course, it is the BBC’s house and their rules, but it does make me wonder if there is a difference in the corporation’s moderation policy towards words which express opinions about the financial crisis and pictures which do the same thing.

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