Warning: This post contains strong language

You know what I’d love the BBC to do? More than anything else in the world?

Turn off comments on all the BBC blogs. And, by way of explanation, post this:

“Dear former commenters. We have decided to save the many millions of pounds per year it costs license fee payers to allow you to post your borderline racist, idiotic and vituperative comments on every single thing we write. Frankly, you are a bunch of cunts. Get your own blogs. Love, Auntie.”

I really don’t see why one single penny of my license fee should go towards allowing every little middle-Englander cretin and every woo-woo crystal-worshipping “concerned parent” to gain the tiny little bit of attention they get from their comments. If they want their voices to be heard, they should start their own blogs. As well as learning to write without using all caps, multiple exclamation marks, or the phrase “Nu Liebour”.

  • http://jearle.eu @jearle

    Ah, but then where would http://ifyoulikeitsomuchwhydontyougolivethere.com/ get their content from? FACT!!!

  • http://mostlythis.com Mac Morrison

    yeah! it's putting the daily mail letters page out of business.

  • http://www.technovia.co.uk ianbetteridge

    Well yes, you would say from from your Zanu Liebour heartland, wouldn't you?

  • http://husk.org/ Paul Mison

    It just goes to show, you can't be too careful!

  • anno

    betteridge sounds suspiciously like foreign and as a parent my opinion is worth more than yours so go back to your own country if you don't like it.

  • http://www.technovia.co.uk ianbetteridge

    Stop commenting on blogs, you should be leaving and heading to burger and pie. Are you not British?

  • http://www.digitalrightsmanifesto.com/ Michael Walsh

    These comments confuse me. Is this some kind of Turing test?

    I would much prefer the BBC to figure out the bits of the web they do horribly first – like a permanent webpage for every programme and give up blocking content to non-UK Internet users.

    My suggestion would be to be for the BBC to have a top 10 list of sites for each genre of output and assign an employee to each to interact with licence fee payers there. Anyone coming to the BBC pages get the list of sites where BBC employee will be participating.

    This does a number of very important things:
    1. It drives traffic from the BBC to other sites.
    2. It moves the moderation headache to sites who get the benefit of BBC traffic.
    3. It allows BBC people to participate without having to spend most of the time firefighting turf wars.
    4. It cross-polinates to others who may not actively be using the BBC sites.
    5. It removes the “dead-hand” feel to the moderation task the BBC has to enforce.

  • http://www.lgblog.co.uk Chris – LG Blog

    It can be dreadful, yes, but It's the promised land compared to typical youtube commentary