As many of you know, we moderate comments. And despite continuous appeals to keep comments healthy and non personal, some of our commentators insist on using foul language, and personally attacking blog authors' as well as other IP stakeholders that are mentioned in the blog post.
We also receive several comments that are irrelevant and have nothing to do with the subject matter at issue. Illustratively, in response to one of our blog posts, we received a comment asking us to decide whether a vegetarian leader (Adolf Hitler) was better than a non veg alcoholic (Winston Churchill). While this is an extremely thought provoking issue, it simply did not relate to the serious issue that we were debating on the blog. Namely, brainstorming ways to incentivise our patent officials better by inter-alia ensuring better performance related incentives.
Unless, of course, the person was suggesting that from a policy perspective, a vegetarian Controller General heading the IPO was a rather dangerous proposition ala Hitler. And that we should engender more Churchill style leaders by insisting that all our CG's were confirmed meat eating alcoholics!
Anyway, back to the main thrust of this post: We urge you to desist from personal attacks and irrelevant comments. Please contribute in a meaningful way and constructively to the issues at hand. And please keep your comments polite as best as you can. We know that some of you are raging to attack and demolish, but personal attacks will always hinder a true engagement with issues. As it then becomes more about the person and less about the issue. You can always critique in a healthy manner without getting personal.
We're trying to up the ante for IP policy debates in this country and to foster an eco-system where the government and other IP functionaries are more transparent and engage with stakeholders in a more meaningful manner to evolving optimal IP policies. Kindly help us in this cause by participating constructively. Thank you.
ps: we intend to ramp our CLAM platform to engender more collaborative IP policy making. We are looking out for interested folks who can help us construct a much more user friendly platform. We already have CLAM hosted on a tiki-wi platform, but received feedback that its not particularly alluring to potential participants. Thanks to the untiring efforts of a bright law student, Sai Vinod, we are now experimenting with Debateopedia. But would really like some of you who have the vision and technical competence to give us a more optimal solution in this regard. We will offer a prize of Rs 20,000 to anyone who can come up with the best platform in this regard. You have to conceptualise it and also implement it.
If you're interested in contesting, please email me at shamnad [at] gmail.com.
pps: image from here