10/07/06 339 W - + 13 - 15 This Blog vs. That Forum

As the comments to the Apex entries indicate, we're attempting to redirect any detailed discussion of this incident to the local Watch Desk forums. Whether it takes remains to be seen. How does this blog differ from that forum (and similar discussion boards)?

Blog: Only Mike can start topics.
Watch Desk (WD): Anyone can start topics.

Blog: Anyone can post comments.
WD: Ditto.

Blog: Registration NOT required.
WD: Registration required.

Blog: Users choose their screen name per posted comment.
WD: Users choose their screen name at time of registration.

Blog: Users can hide their identity, or choose semi-private screen names such as CFP-___.
WD: Ditto.

Blog: Users can NOT edit their comments after posting (though they can contact Mike and request changes).
WD: Users can edit their comments after posting, but only their last comments or perhaps until someone posts a comment to the topic. Still figuring that out.

Blog: Mike can (and often does) edit the original topic after posting.
WD: Users who start topics can edit their original topic after posting, until someone posts a comment to the topic.

Blog: Mike reads every posted comment and babysits as necessary, notably removing or changing criticism directed at specific individuals, agencies, or organizations. Let someone else wrestle with libel law. Anonymous trash talk is removed as well.
WD: The forum has a moderator who presumably takes action in worst-case scenarios.

Blog: Mike performs other edits on comments at times, such as fixing spelling or typing errors from certain, ah, repeat offenders.
WD: Not performed.

Blog: Postings and comments can be viewed by anyone with access to the Internet.
WD: Ditto.

Blog: Forum has one single fall guy (Mike) who could be blamed, or at least targeted for criticism, for anything bad or perceived bad that happens as a result of his or other people's comments.
WD: Forum does not have a single, obvious fall guy.

Blog: Forum is overseen by known and likely trusted entity (Mike).
WD: Forum is overseen by someone else, elsewhere.

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