Note: This is a draft document for approval by readership at Pakteahouse (“PTH”).
Statement of Objects and Reasons:
It has been observed that readers’ comments often deteriorate into personal attacks, insults and abuse which deters many bona fide readers from commenting on PTH. The present document therefore seeks to establish certain ground rules and a moderation policy for the comments here.
With the exception of those articles which are in another language such as Urdu, comments have to be in the English Language. Readers posting in any other language, subject to the aforesaid exception, shall have their comments in those other languages removed.
Presumption of good faith shall attach to each comment. Consequently no insinuations of a personal nature or insinuations as to the character, background, or agenda shall be tolerated under any circumstances. Such comments are liable to be removed accordingly.
Any comments deemed to constitute hate speech i.e. against any person’s racial, national, religious or sectarian affiliation, or gender or sexual orientation, shall be removed forthwith. However bona fide criticisms of any idea or historical event shall not be removed, provided the same is expressed in respectful language and is not made with a malicious intent to offend any section or class of persons.
Repetitive violations of Rules 3 or 4 would lead to a blanket removal of all of the comments by the said reader. Repetitive violations: a minimum number of violations would be three but it shall be at the discretion of the moderator/editor.
In the event that a solid body of readership disagrees with removal of a comment or comments under Rules 2, 3 or 4, it would be open to five or more readers with a minimum of 100 approved comments each to challenge. If five or more readers with a minimum of 100 approved comments challenge the moderator/editor’s decision to delete a comment or comments listing reasons, the moderator/editor’s decision shall be overruled and the moderator/editor shall restore the said comment or comments as the case may be.
End of draft code of conduct rules.
Note: Please notify your acceptance or disagreement and give reasons for it in the comments section. For this to be passed as the applicable code of conduct, a yes vote by five readers with a minimum of 100 approved comments will suffice. Amendments are welcome.