I deleted a comment that was meant for another blog, but which was deleted from that blog for reasons to which I really am not privy. I agreed that that blogger’s newly created comment policy looked reasonable enough to me, and that “warranted” the comment here…
Look… If you have an issue or a comment about something you see HERE, please, feel free to comment. I don’t expect uniformity of thought, and I don’t plan to shy away from difficult conversation. But don’t post a comment here about something someone ELSE did (like delete a comment on their own blog, whatever their reason for doing that was).
Personally, my view is this: what people do with their blogs is their business. IF they want a draconian comment policy where they censor things they don’t like, that’s their deal. IF they want to let anyone post whatever they want, come what may, that’s their deal. People are free to run their blogs as they will, regardless of my opinions on the rightness or wrongness that. My personal views about how people handle the issues related to their blogs can be commented about there; don’t bring it here unless it is germane to something I post.
This is a new blog. I don’t have a comment policy yet, but suffice it to say that I feel that both freedom and honesty in speech and some norms of communication are required for good-will dialog to work. Until I get a more formal policy, I welcome your comments, I really do, and I will try to be as lenient as I can and as even handed as I can, but I feel free to delete anything that is in my judgment a personal attack, spam (of course), or out of left field (unrelated to what goes on here). No warning will be given. If you don’t like that, get your own blog and post whatever you like. (So, please, no cries of censorship either…) If I delete your comment because of one of these, it is not a judgment on the substantive content of that comment. I might completely agree with you, but if you can’t keep from being personal or largely non-germane in your thoughts, then it is likely gone.
In the meantime, take your concerns to person that concerns you…. I’ll work on a formal commenting policy, which seems a tad absurd since I’ve only had 6 comments on this blog since its conception.