Comments Policy

As far as our Comments Policy goes we have none. However in light of the several comments and emails we have received, we thought we should clarify a few things for the BU family.

1. We love comments on BU - we believe that the BU blog + BU comments = Knowledge Sharing. Keep comments coming; it does not matter if you can spell or not. In cases where we need to apply minor edits to improve coherence we will, and we will leave a note in the affected comment to make our action transparent.

2. We delete spam – Regrettably, we have both automated and manual spammers on the Internet which can be a nuisance. There is a WordPress spammer which buckets 99%; the odd ones that slip through the BU household will delete, eventually. There is the odd occasion where a valid comment maybe spammed. In the few cases this occur, members of the BU household will retrieve from the spammer. BE Patient!

3. Relevant links in comments are actively encouraged - Links in a comment can help in the information sharing process. Remember that too many links may cause your comment to be moderated. We will retrieve it eventually, BE PATIENT! Note however that third party links posted do NOT reflect the opinions of BU.

4. We allow signatures in comments - We are aware that this is a privilege which is abused but we have decided to allow signatures. This allows other bloggers to grow. We encourage the Bajan bloggers especially to use this feature. The bigger the bajan blogosphere the more effective we can become.

5. The volume of comments which the BU household has to read, we may sometimes miss a few. Also, we are often asked many questions by commenters. We will try our best to respond but because of the volume of comments we may at times be unable to respond promptly.

6. If a BU family member believes that an important comment may be lost, he or she is encouraged to post it under Submissions which can be found at the top of the page.

7. Write what you know or have just cause to believe, is the truth; (b) avoid malice; and (c) retract and apologise when and if it is discovered that the information is wrong.

Some of you maybe saying that we have a liberal comments policy compared to other blogs. We remind the BU family et al that Barbados Underground (BU) was set-up last year (2007) when there was concern that the VOICE of the PEOPLE was seriously under threat. We will allow robust debate but at the end of the day the BU household reserves the right to delete any comment. Please note comments posted do not always reflect the views of BU!

We ask a favour of some, do not judge BU by the comments of a few.

78 responses to “Comments Policy

  1. JESSICA ANNABEL FERREL

    i totally agree with anonymous
    a bundle of gossip and discrimination

  2. JESSICA ANNABEL FERREL

    i totally agree with anonymous
    a bundle of gossip and discrimination

  3. JESSICA ANNABEL FERREL

    my conscience would never be cleared if i pushed around innocent people because of the wicked

  4. JESSICA ANNABEL FERREL

    my conscience would never be cleared if i pushed around innocent people because of the wicked

  5. For years bajans have had to bottle up a lot of frustration. We are famous for swiping things under the carpet, the blogs have opened up an area were these things are now swept. I however would like to see some positive postings placed on the blog. This country is not ALL negative.

  6. To: BU/David

    From: The People’s Democratic Congress ( PDC)

    Seeing that throngs of people in Barbados have been so positive about what Mr. Barack Obama and so many others inside and outside of the USA have done to help make him the President of the United States of America – the first black to have done so in the history of politics and government of the USA , would it NOT be more appropriate to put that beautiful little square image that you have of him and his family on the right side of your front page, quite away from under the negative images of the Prospect and Holetown Rape scenes?

    Too, although those negative images that you have long had on the right side of the front page do represent serious instances of the wilful desecration of our West Coast by certain local and foreign investors, and do portray instances of which many of us in Barbados must ever be conscious of and of which must always be deserving of our utmost contempt, as much as possible we in PDC would NOT like for that kind of negative cast of those events to hover in our minds when looking at that very wonderfully beautiful image of President-Elect Obama and his family. So, these visual concatenations surely are NOT so tasteful!!

    Therefore, yes, to putting that lovely Presidential picture some where else, BU/David!!

    PDC

  7. Does this mean that the union care about Guyanese now and not looking after our Barbadian workers only collecting our monies at the end of the week or the month, shall we welcome them and then we suffer.Farier should be sent packing with them when can’t they stay where they are from and stop the continuing of the corruption of the country. They had gold we had nothing and we tried to build all the talk Thompie put down about sending them back we are seeing more. It would appear that we live in Berbice or Georgetown. Get them out….

  8. Open Letter To The Barbados Underground Family And Friends
    August 24, 2009 · 4 Comments

    Outed blogger Rosemary Port now plans to sue Google.

    Outed blogger Rosemary Port now plans to sue Google.

    In has become apparent in recent months diabolical forces are working not in the interest of Barbados Underground. It is happening at a time when we have achieved all time popularity since our launch in April 2007. The BU family in the 2 plus years has been able to foster a feel to the discourse where all who enter the debates must do so NOT as primus inter pares but as equals.

    We have not been afraid to confront the controversial issues like race, homosexuality, the mysteries of religion, immorality, corruption, the passive Fourth Estate among many. Part of the reason for the BU feel has been and still is the flow to discussions despite the asynchronous nature of blogging. In a nutshell we have not been afraid to call a spade a spade.

    There is a price to be paid for freedom of speech. A normal behaviour to expect from some quarters is that with success inevitably come those who would attack because of envy or the fact some may feel threatened and the like. Commonsense however dictates if we the BU family want to continue what we have been doing hitherto, we have to exercise a greater degree of editorial control on what we allow on BU than heretofore.

    In recent days global media has publicized the case of Google being forced to identify an anonymous blogger, for clarity David of BU is the blogger, you are commenters. Eventually, there are bound to be some sort of defamation laws internationally agreed that can offer redress to people who have been defamed on the Internet. Based on murmurings we presume that even now this is a matter being discussed by attorneys-general worldwide and their equivalents.

    What the case more than hints at is the days of the cowboy approach to blogging and commenting on blogs are fast coming to an end. It is no secret that with the popularity of BU has come a torrent of comments which have had to be managed. We do our best but given the current realities our best may not be good enough at all times. The BU family we have to say in all honesty is a very intelligent bunch. In light of the challenges ahead BU will have to rely heavily on you to ensure we successfully navigate what may lie ahead. Sometimes it is not what you write but how you write.

    Our request to the BU family is to ensure when making comments you be careful to craft your language not to finger any individual as performing a criminal act or suffering from mental deficiency. BU is confident with very small adjustments we can continue to express our views with the same robustness.

    We are aware how some BU family members like Chris Halsall feel about the subject of anonymity on the Internet. Some use it to avoid the inconvenience derived from telling home-truths in a small society where victimization still rear its head. Others do it to hurl abuse and other malicious behaviour. In the case of the former we are aware of some of the prominent personalities who read and contribute to BU and remain sensitive to why they would want to do so anonymously.

    In the interest of preserving this outlet for Barbadians and friends to keep freedom of expression alive and well, the BU household thought it prudent to clue you the BU family into our confidence as we prepare to flex in order to face whatever lurks ahead.

  9. I commend David/BU for initiating the “Open Letter to the Barbados Underground Family & Friends.” By starting this topic, it would give David, readers, and commenters the opportunity to not only express their feelings, but might encourage commenters to be more conscientious about what they are about to write before doing so. It might also reflect on the constructive and enlightening exchange of ideas that have been shared.

    Although there have been robust discussions, which led to disagreements in the past that caused emotions to get in the way, and might have caused hard feelings among others, this topic might also be seen as a heads-up.

    With commenters expressing their opinions on this subject matter, it might help to clear the air; if there be any tension building up, it would be released; while BU continues to make a welcoming place for all.

    When all is said and done, most of us are Bajans or have Bajan connections, and we should all help to make the Bajan experience on the Internet a classy one.

  10. look u have all information all over internet but the one small bit information i needed so badly and cudnt find,i was plainin goin there on my honeymoon and i wanted to no how long it toke to get to barbados by plan from ireland,and did it take euros but i cudnt find that help…
    thnks alot

  11. Sometimes we have to abandon a call because of the quality of the line. ,

  12. Is christmas Really a Christian Celebration?
    When it comes to worshipping the true God, we must make sure of what is acceptable to him. (Ephesians 5:10) We cannot simply accept teachings that we think is right. For instance, any fairminded person who examines the Scriptures will note that ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE in the Bible will we find a command to celebrate Christmas. Nor will anyone find an occasion when Jesus or the apostles celebrated Christmas. Now think for a moment, if God and Christ really wanted Christians to celebrate Christmas, wouldn’t such a command have been given in the Scriptures? At least, wouldn’t there have been some indication that Christ or the early Christians (apostles & disciples) celebrated Christmas? Certainly! So the mere fact that no indication of Christians celebrating Christmas is given in the Scriptures means clearly that Christmas did NOT originate with TRUE Christianity.
    Moreover, Christ was not born on December 25th. Luke 2:8-11 shows us that at the time of Jesus’ birth, Shepherds were OUTDOORS looking after their flock. In Bethlehem, December 25th is winter, during which time shepherds had their flocks INDOORS.
    The book “Daily Life in the Time of Jesus” states: “The flocks . . . passed the winter under cover; and from this alone it may be seen that the traditional date for Christmas, in the winter, is unlikely to be right, since the Gospel says that the shepherds were in the fields.”—(New York, 1962), Henri Daniel-Rops, p. 228.
    Another interesting and relevant thought to consider is this:
    Christ at Luke 22:19 commands Christians to remember his death. The Bible indicates the date of Christ’s death, at passover time- the first Jewish month Nisan 14th ( Or Abib 14th) Numbers 28:16; Deuteronomy 16:1; Esther 3:7. So the passover took place in the month of Abib/Nisan, on the 14th. For proof that Christ died at passover, see Mark 14:16-18; Luke 22:15, 17; 1 Corinthians 5:7. The following passages of Scripture (i.e. later verses in Mark 14 & Luke 22) shows that Christ died later on Nisan 14. (Please note: The Jews counted their day from sundown to sundown; evening to evening. Thus, when Mark 15:1 says “…in the morning, it was still Nisan 14th, which had begun the evening before & ended at sundown/evening of the day spoken about at Mark 15:1)
    Now the Scriptures tell us the date of Christ’s death, Why? Because Christ desires that his death be remembered. Why hasn’t God or Christ indicate the date of Jesus’ birth, in the Scriptures? Obviously, they NEVER intended that Christ’s birth be celebrated.
    Careful research reveals that Christmas originated with pagans and NOT with True Christians.
    The Encyclopedia Americana informs us: “The reason for establishing December 25 as Christmas … is usually held that the day was chosen to correspond to pagan festivals that took place around the time of the winter solstice, when the days begin to lengthen, to celebrate the ‘rebirth of the sun.’ . . . The Roman Saturnalia (a festival dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture, and to the renewed power of the sun), also took place at this time, and some Christmas customs are thought to be rooted in this ancient pagan celebration.”—(1977), Vol. 6, p. 666.
    Remember: Ephesians 5:10. Pleasing God is far more important than pleasing ourselves or others.
    Regards,
    Lorna

  13. @ Lorna Young

    Just curious – are you Jehovah Witness?

  14. What is happening to the management of National Insurance Funds

    “Prudent leadership in the 21st century demands continuous review and assessment”. and “A confident and competent leader must not be afraid or unwilling to effect change”. Certainly, I would like to see the backs of the Director and Assistant Director – HR at the National Insurance Office who are running that department like their Kitchen Garden, deciding who work at NIS and who don’t. Filling posts that are not advertised and telling the staff that they have no control over the staffing. On the other hand the Director is apologising to the new employees for being the “envy of his staff” while they continue to waste money on consultants who are fishing to see how the industrial climate is at NIS

  15. DICTATORSHIP - is what is being practiced by the management of National Insurance Funds

    Every month someone new is arriving at NIS, the last was a Database Administrator who lasted one week when she found out that Brenda Evelyn is a liar and relayed a story from Public Adminstration Department that no one at PAD had a conversation with Brenda. When the young lady told her that PAD wanted her to call them she back peddled and started scratching like a fowl. Ha Ha Ha you are messing with the wrong University Graduants. By the way, is this Brenda Evelyn the same one from PRT and RBTT who was fired from both institutions?

  16. What is wrong with Caribbean politicians? Former Prime Ministers, and party leaders cannot seem to muster the courage, to fade away into political retirement once they have been rejected by the electorate. I would assume, that once a politician has ascended to the “Mecca” of their poltical career, the office of the Prime Minister, once they’ve been defeated they would humbly leave politics. To hang around politics, and to cast that shadow of doubt, on aspiring future political leaders is shelfish, and sad. Politicians who can’t leave “The game” are similar in nature to “Old puched drunk fighters,” hanging on for one last payday, one last shot at glory. The trouble is that the one last shot at glory, adds to the ignomeny of a once illustrious poltical career. So I say to Owen, Patrick, and all the other caribbean notables out there, take a clue from the masses, and “Know when to show them, and know when to fold them.” Life goes on, and politics was just a journey through which you were fortunate to have passed.

  17. I am bewildered by what has manifested itself in caribbean polit(ricks)as a vacuum of leadership. How can you poli(tricksters) say you care about the masses, and allow the massacre of innocent people in Jamaica? I remember the humility of leadersip, in what now seems to be a bygone age. A time when leaders said what they meant, and meant what they said. In today’s political currency, one gets sound-bites, and nuisance political euphemisms. Politicians for the most part, all want to be Prime Ministers, from the get go. The time honored institution of “Duty, Honor, Country,” has been relegated to nothingness, in the cold calculating world of poli(tricksters). The new business operating procedure, is to cheat, without being cheated on, lie with fervor, and manipulate without being manipulated. Politricksters, what a useless, self serving bunch of SOB’S. HI, and by the way, I love politricks. that’s why I speak so highly of the weasels. Poly-many Tics-blood suckers, get it! Many blood suckers.

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  19. Hi I watched the show tonight and felt very sad I would just like to wish Zara all the best and that she must move on and enjoy her life with her children.her mum is a hero today.And Zara must not listen to anyone who insults or criticises her because we are human we all make mistakes, life is a test and I am sorry for what you have gone through.those who criticise you are immature and selfish

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  21. immigration workers should treat jamacian visitors with more respect, if you guys had visited a foreign country would you like the immigration in that country to treat you like a pack of animals?

  22. I am not Jamaican but reading from what I heard about the treatment of Jamaican visitors, how can one human being treat another human being like that, and a Jamaican lady told me the treatment she got from the immigration at Grantley Adams. The board that overseas the immigration should really look into the unprofessional ism of these workers, if any immigration worker was treated disrespectful by their boss, it would be an island wide strike. Treat your Jamaican neighbors with respect and dignity.

  23. I love this website because it embraces all ideas and comments, the Nation website, they would shut you down if they dont agree with you, but it hurts to read how that Jamaican woman was treated, and Barbados suppose to be a christian loving island……. really???? , at least in the US they give people the rights on the soil they landed on, even if they are due for deportation, you can still demand your rights under the law, come on Barbados leaders enforce some laws so that all people can be treated fairly, not only the ones with power and privilege, or if you know someone in a high position. ALL PEOPLE regardless of their economic status, or which country they coming from.

  24. old onion bags

    D place aint name Drug Baron’s Paradise for a reason….we aim to keep it so…..open u window and look outside…..dat ent fa we

  25. @nanci
    Its the drugs.

  26. islandgal246

    Websites to be forced to identify trolls under new measures

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18408457

  27. UNITED STATES SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
    AND BARBADOS NIS BENEFITS

    I would really like to know which Barbadian Prime Minister agreed to the United States Windfall Elimination Provision.
    The United States Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision 2013 states that ‘if you work for an employer who does not withhold United States Social Security taxes from your salary, such as a government agency or an employer in another country, any pension you get based on that work may reduce your United States Social Security Benefits.
    The Windfall Elimination Provision affects how the amount of your retirement benefit is calculated if you receive a pension from work where Social Security taxes were not taken out of your pay. A modified formula is used to calculate your benefit amount resulting in a lower Social Security than you otherwise would receive.’
    How can an employer in Barbados withhold United States Social Security taxes from an employee’s salary?
    Who ‘funnels’ information pertaining to Barbados NIS Pension to the United States Social Security Administration? This horrible policy is affecting the welfare of pensioners who have worked both in Barbados and the United States; because when the Barbados NIS pension is increased (usually at the beginning of a new year), the United States REDUCES the US Social Security benefits!
    The pensioners have PAID into both the US Social Security and the Barbados NIS!!!
    It boggles the mind in an effort to understand this nonsense.

  28. Just a small correction:

    The remark about the Calcutta ship came out of Tobago:

    Sandy — who came under fire for remarks which suggested a ship from the Indian city of Calcutta would offload at Tobago — said he was concerned about reports that there were incidents of violence during the last days of campaign, though he did not give details of any specific events. ”
    http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,172349.html

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