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Why I delete comments

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 by Dave Winer.

A picture named pupinpot.jpgFirst a caveat. You don't have to agree with me, this is my opinion, and my blog, and that's what blogs are for, they're places where, if you happen to have an opinion, you can put it. Permalink to this paragraph

This is the mode of a blogger with comments. Defensive. Yuck!!  Permalink to this paragraph

If you say in your comment that I'm dishonest, I will delete your comment. That's the only tool I have to work with until my new friends at Disqus give me the feature Wordpress has that allows you to queue up every post in moderation when blog comments get flamey. This technique tells the honesty-attackers in no uncertain terms that they should take their attacks somewhere else.  Permalink to this paragraph

So if your comment got deleted it's because something in your comment required a response from me (or someone else) that says basically "I am honest." I just save us all the trouble. No need to defend myself if the attack is gone.  Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named twoguys.gifYou may think I am dishonest, you can even say so (but be careful to be sure you're right, and have the courage to put your name on it, only cowards make personal attacks anonymously) and do it in your space not mine. Here, I want comments with ideas and information. It's okay to disagree with me, the people who say that all they did was disagree are wrong. I never delete a comment just for being disagreeable. I delete them if they challenge my honesty. I really don't like that, I think the people who do it are creepy.  Permalink to this paragraph

Okay, good. Glad to get that out of the way.  Permalink to this paragraph

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