I delete comments


I delete comments


In the last few weeks I’ve deleted a couple of comments.  One because it seemed a little inflammatory, and another because it was posted anonymously.  I have no use for anonymous comments.  I really don’t like ones with sweeping criticism in them.  It doesn’t take any effort to fire off something nasty and conveniently leave your name off it.  That isn’t conversation it is just sniping. 

Some think deleting comments is censorship.  I disagree. I think anyone who hosts any kind of discussion needs to moderate.  Too many people get hurt because bloggers don’t deal with people appropriately.  I’ve started deleting comments for my own sanity.  Sometimes blogging really sucks.  Most people are great but the whole experience can be ruined by the reckless few.   I’ve spent too much time responding to people who don’t have the decency to treat others with a basic level of respect. 

  1. #1 by Anonymously Nathan : ) on March 30, 2004 - 1:27 am

    Doesn’t sound too unreasonable to me.

  2. #2 by robbymac on March 30, 2004 - 10:18 am

    “One because it seemed a little inflammatory”? You’ve got a blogsite named “The Heresy” and you don’t like inflammatory? :)

    I have no problem with you deleting one of my comments — it’s your blog, after all. And obviously I wasn’t anonymous because you were able to email me privately and tell me your reasons, which I really appreciated.

    But I’m curious about why you’re adopting this approach on your blog, when (a few months ago, I realize) you were quite inflammatory on my blog, and when I called you on it, you defended your use of sarcastic and biting words as being a biblical model of Paul and of Jesus? Have you changed your mind?

    I’m not quibbling with your point in this post — I’m just wondering if the same rules apply to you. If you’re going to accuse people (like me, I guess, since you only mentioned two commentators that you’ve deleted, and one was me) of being “reckless” and not having “the decency to treat others with a basic level of respect”, then you need to abide by the same standards when commenting on other sites, as well.

  3. #3 by Leighton Tebay on March 30, 2004 - 11:45 am

    Rob:

    “TheHeresy” isn’t intended to be inflammatory. The root origin of the phrase came from a few years ago when I concluded that the true gospel of Christ would look like heresy to many of those who claim to follow Christ.

    I don’t remember the discussion on your blog the way you do. I think you’ve changed your commenting system so I can’t go back and check. I remember challenging you saying that people should be allowed to vent on their own blogs. I appealed to Paul and Jesus to prove that there are some cases where telling the truth harshly is warranted. I don’t remember leaving any inflammatory comments. Correct me if I’m wrong. I don’t remember it that well.

    The only thing I said about your comment was that it was a little inflammatory. I don’t believe it was reckless. I believe that the thread could have gone that direction. I believe some people are reckless, but I can’t say I think that about you.

    The truth is I am a lot more cautious with comments than I used to be. So yes I have changed.

  4. #4 by robbymac on March 30, 2004 - 6:33 pm

    “I believe some people are reckless, but I can’t say I think that about you.”

    That’s a relief!

    “The truth is I am a lot more cautious with comments than I used to be. So yes I have changed.”

    I appreciate your candor. You’re one of the guys in the white hats.

  5. #5 by scott on March 30, 2004 - 10:00 pm

    oh ya, well you’re a poopyhead!

    anonymous

  6. #6 by Karl Thienes on March 30, 2004 - 11:54 pm

    “You’re one of the guys in the white hats.”

    Hopefully not the long, pointy types with a long white cape and a hood. :)

  7. #7 by robbymac on March 31, 2004 - 11:43 am

    I certainly hope not, Karl!!

    I meant a cowboy hat, although it perhaps should have been a white toque, which is more fitting to someone who (like LT) lives a mere stone’s throw from some serious tundra.

    I guess for a Pacific Northwestern like yourself, the more useful metaphor would be a white umbrella, right?

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