Mysansar.com engaging in vendetta blogging?

Mysansar is a pioneering Nepali blog. When blogging found way into Nepali conversation, it is fair to say that Mysansar lead the way for wave of Nepali bloggers.

I have been a regular visitor at Mysansar for number of years now and appreciate it’s contribution towards growth and development of Nepal’s blogosphere and also citizen journalism.

Having said that, I would like to share a concern here regarding recent post at Mysansar.

Regarding the ongoing scandal at the Finance Ministry and alleged involvement of prominent industrialist Binod Chaudhary in the forced resignation of Finance Secretary Rameshwor Khanal, Mysansar has this post:

http://www.mysansar.com/archives/2011/04/id/18122

It is a good post. At least they are asking questions mainstream media is avoiding but there is a problem.

In the post, they have published IP address and email of commentators who it seems have sent comments supporting Chaudhary and questioning Mysansar’s intentions from Chaudhary Group’s computers.

Now, Mysansar does not have an explicit privacy policy for it’s users but publishing email and IP address of commentators you don’t agree with is certainly not a good practice. What worries me is that this sets a precedent for vendetta blogging rather than having a constructive dialog.

I request Mysansar to delete the email and IP addresses immediately and respect privacy of these users.

What do you say?

13 thoughts on “Mysansar.com engaging in vendetta blogging?

  1. I agree. Have you also noticed that the nagariknews website also publishes the IP addresses of commentators in its websites? Totally bad and unethical practice. Also, how did mysansar know which IP address belonged to which company? When writing something claiming to be factual, it is better to explain the methodology too.

    • o wow.. hadn’t noticed that about nagarik. they really do post IP address underneath commentator’s avatra. that is not right, i agree with you. don’t know why they feel the need to publicly disclose the IP address. i mean there r better ways to control spam. also, noticed that they don’t have privacy policy either.

  2. We do aware readers that we may publish their IP and email. The notice is given while they were submitting comments. Here is the notice-
    तपाईँको प्रतिक्रिया प्राप्त भयो। कृपया ध्यान दिनुस्- सही नाम र ठेगानासहितका कमेन्टलाई प्राथमिकता दिइनेछ। जे पायो त्यही नाम, उपनाम राखेका कमेन्ट प्रकाशित हुने छैनन्। संयमित भएर प्रतिक्रिया दिनुहोला। उत्तेजना फैलाउने, हिंसा बढाउने फोहोरी र अश्लील शब्द प्रयोग गरे तपाईँले पछि प्रतिक्रिया पठाउन नमिल्ने गरी प्रतिबन्ध लगाउन सकिनेछ। प्रतिक्रिया देखिन केही समय लाग्न सक्नेछ। तपाईँको इमेल र आईपी ठेगाना हामीले चाहेमा सार्वजनिक गर्न सकिनेछ।
    This is necessary because sometime a reader sent numerous comments from same computer and same IP using fake emails and name. We normally do not publish their email and IPs but in exception case like this we do reserve our right to inform other readers and commentators that someone is trying to divert debate using fake name and email.

    • thank you for taking time to respond. but i would still suggest that mysansar, which has huge following, should have a privacy policy and the readers should be able to read it before they post comments. it could save you from future legal issues.

  3. Btw, We only have access to public IP of any organization. And within organization there may be numerous private IP. And we cannot trace private IP. (For example. you have your private ip as 192.168.0.3 but your public IP is different,most be your public IP is IP of your ISP)

    Well, I’m commenting from Dhulikhel, check my IP. I think it will show Websurfer Naxal, Kathmandu. (Just a guess, try it)

    • not getting deeper into private and public IP addresses, don’t you think that posting IP address publicly is violation of privacy? just because something is public does not mean an organization can post it publicly without getting express consent.

      • Yeah, I agree with your view, I think its a violation of privacy.And I’ve just blogged about this issue too.

        In above comments I’ve seen discussion on IP, thus just gave comments on IP. 🙂

  4. well, we are having a very positive and constructive discussion here. thanks to all who have commented and cared about the issue. thanks to mysansar for listening to our concerns and promising a fix.

  5. Madam, I am with what Mr. Umesh did. Mr. Chaudhary and his followers are not doing good with nation. Why should we respect criminals and what is the reason you are supporting them. Mysansar never published my comments.

    Aakar, here the issue is to dispaly ip address or not ? I guess its not about public or private ip. But definitely, private ip can be traceable at one end. You check and advise further.

  6. It is clearly violation of privacy. There declamatory statement is clearly flawed and would be penalized if it is challenged in the court. They have right to disclose IP and email address as they wish. It is not acceptable. And that too is informed after one has submitted their comment. This statement should be displayed before anybody made any comments. If they do so, then nobody will submit any comment. I am glad I did not sent any comment to they and never will.

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