I know it when I see it

Larry Kunz discusses the boundary line of all forms media communication in his blog. He states that there is no universal boundary line of decency on the internet. It all depends on the perspective of the individual. Kunz find a long piece that describes what the moderate jobs do on the internet, and he summarized in the bullet point below:

  • Moderators often work with guidelines that are slapdash and incomplete.
  • Moderators are poorly trained if they’re trained at all.
  • Moderators are prone to depression and other psychological disorders, largely because their jobs force them to see things they can’t bring themselves to describe to anyone.
  • There are no standards or best practices for moderation; rather, most media companies treat their moderation practices as trade secrets.
  • Moderation is often shoved into a “silo,” segregated from the rest of the company, even — especially — from areas that set the company’s course in terms of legal and ethical principles.
  • Some platforms are better at moderation than others. (The article contrasts Facebook, with its relatively well defined Safety Advisory Board, and Reddit, which has weak guidelines, a small team of moderators, and a reputation for harboring lots of offensive content.)

Basically, the summarization is saying that moderators are not well known, they are very unprofessional because their perspective is what decide a comment should be allowed or not, and there no law that has a guideline on what level of decency could be on the internet.

There is definitely some core value as a human, that decide whether what is appropriate on the internet, but the fuzzy boundary on what can be posted online has no guild line for the moderators to decide whether is a decent post or not. In the end, the post on the internet is all based on the different perspective.


-Alexander Huang