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(Updated 10/14/13)

Welcome to NancyOnNorwalk.

Our goal is to provide a forum for information and a healthy exchange of ideas – constructive, informative, entertaining or all of the above.

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In a perfect world, the next set of items would not be necessary. Unfortunately, not everyone can play nice with others (as of 9 p.m. 10/15/13, all comments will be held for moderation):

  •  This is something every child in the U.S. is being taught: Do not insult, bully, threaten or harass the writers or your fellow commenters. Comments referring to other commenters as “idiots,” “retards,” or the like will be edited or not published. Keep the back-and-forth with commenters on topic (this phrase was added 10/14/13).
  • Offensive, inappropriate or annoying comments may be deleted or subjected to distempering. This includes character assassination by innuendo (this phrase was added 10/14/13)
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  • Sock puppets – alias accounts created by previously banned commenters or by commenters who are seeking third-party approval the easy way – will be banned.
  • Trolls will be banned.
  • Racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments will be deleted. Continued violators will be banned.
  • Creativity is a wonderful thing, but finding creative ways to try to avoid getting flagged for policy violations is not cool. Comments will be deleted.
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4 comments

Joe Espo February 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm

We appreciate bringing trying to bring sense and sensibility to your blog but please don’t smother it with the PC face pillow. Offensive, inappropriate or annoying comments? According to who’s standards? Sock puppets? You know, don’t you, that all the socks we collectively lose in our basement dryers are dancing around here! All of this is what makes your blog an interesting read and a go-to in the morning after Drudge. We used to have a real, vitally important AND POTENT forum with yourct.com but it died a politically correct death. The post from scopeon didn’t merit redaction; it merited ridicule that could have been demonstrably meted out to your blog’s benefit.

Nancy Chapman February 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm

We thought ScopeOn’s post contained unsubstantiated accusations, which we cannot publish. It wasn’t a matter of being politically correct, it was a matter of being legal.

I appreciate your comparison to YourCT as I realize it provided a valuable social service. I am hoping to emulate that function but the level of disrespect that has been shown in some posts needs to be cut back.

I have also talked to some people who loved YourCT but who are discouraged from commenting by the vitriol and/or superficiality of some of the posts here (and there, I am told, toward the end of its robust activity). They are interested in discussing issues, not a silly back and forth.

LWitherspoon February 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

Good guidelines Nancy, especially regarding sock puppets. The Voice seems to have more sock puppets than actual commenters these days.

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Nancy came to Norwalk more than 2 years ago as the Norwalk reporter for the Norwalk Daily Voice and resigned in October to begin Nancy On Norwalk. She is married to a career journalist, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website) and two middle-aged cats who are still trying to work out a peaceful co-existence.