Andrew S’s recent post about what makes a good discussion resulted in some feedback that for some of our Wheat & Tares audience, using the “dislike” button seems like a way for people to bully unpopular opinions into silence and that at times the dislike button is used based on the person vs. the merit of the comment.

As a site, we want diversity and inclusion; we strive to be welcoming and engage with the people who come to our site and read our posts.  Our panel of permas is quite diverse in terms of our backgrounds, our faith, our careers, and the types of topics we like to write about and/or consider our areas of expertise.

In naming the site “Wheat & Tares” we wanted to acknowledge that, like the parable of the wheat & tares, we don’t want to judge who is in and who is out – we’d like to welcome all.  We have long managed with a very light (gossamer even) moderation policy.  Using “like” and “dislike” buttons was one way to give our audience a voice in moderation rather than taking a more heavy-handed stance as moderators.  We like our moderators to set a civil tone and to help guide conversations through persuasion and engagement rather than correction or policing of boundaries.

Given the feedback that some are uncomfortable commenting because of the dislike buttons (and the valid point that Facebook dropped the “dislike” button), we wanted to bring this question to you, the audience, to see what you think.

Instead of “You’re the Bishop,” think of this as “You’re the Moderator!”

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Discuss.  Or just go through and “like” or “dislike” other people’s comments.  On the upside, this discussion did give us the new verb “being pinked”:  example, “Oh, man, that comment I made about how General Conference is like a beauty pageant in a really small rural town’s rest home got pinked!  That sucks!”