TED Conversations

Aja B.
  • Aja B.
  • New York, NY
  • United States

Online Community Manager, TED


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We're making a small change to TED Conversations

Hello all! I wanted to let you know that we're in the process of making a small change to the TED Conversations platform.

It's been a great year and a half since the debut of TED Conversations, and you've had some excellent discussions in that time. We're constantly impressed by the breadth, depth, and diversity of topics and participants here.

Unfortunately, we've also seen a growing number of inappropriate, spam, and abusive topics, which our small team has worked around the clock to remove. Over time, this has become a bit overwhelming. In response, and in order to continue to provide a space for meaningful conversation and debate, we're rolling out a simple approval process for new Conversation topics.

What will this mean? Well, submitting a new idea, question, or debate will work as it always has. You'll use the same form to enter a title, description, related TEDTalks, and a timeframe for the discussion. Once you click Submit, your Conversation will enter an approval queue, where the TED team will read and publish it within 24 hours (though usually much faster). If we can't publish it, we'll send you an email with feedback and instructions on how to re-submit. Once approved, the new Conversation will work as always, with TEDizens around the world joining in your discussion to talk, brainstorm, and collaborate.

Our hope is that this small change will provide a stronger and more consistent experience for you and for the rest of the online TED community. As always, we'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us below, or at conversations@ted.com with any thoughts or feedback you'd like to share.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your future TED Conversations!


Aja Bogdanoff
TED Conversations Team


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    Oct 11 2012: In general, I beleive censorship weakens creativity. It funnels ideas to a narrow scope. I wanted to believe TED was about change for the better. Now it seems there's to be a bias towards status quo. It's as if TED assumes we can 't determine spam from genuine good info. Please don't water down the site. We already have the Flag tool...let people think for themselves. Isn't that the point? Or are we all supposed to agree on everything?
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      Oct 11 2012: Hi Wade,

      It's not that we don't think you can tell the difference; it's that we don't want the spam to continue to make it difficult to find the good info. Since we don't have the resources to react quickly enough to inappropriate topics after they're posted, this is the best way we can find to make sure that the conversations that get published really are creative, interesting, varied, etc. We're not at all interested in preventing opposing views, political beliefs, etc... only in ensuring that TED Conversations lives up to its goal of "conversations worth having". Does that make sense?

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        Oct 11 2012: I accept your boundries. Together we may learn to broaden them.
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      Oct 11 2012: you are welcome to find another forum on the internet that is not moderated, yet intelligent conversation is going on for an extended period of time. you could also drop me a note if you find any.
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        Oct 11 2012: I enjoy this forum because of people like yourself who share thier valuble knowledge and unique experiences. I think I'm begining to understand what TED and Aja are trying to maintain. This forum begs you to think about things in ways you may have not thought of before. I would say the new Moderation will help to keep the forum in a class by itself.

        Thanks Krisztian I appreciate and look forward talking with you and the community.

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