Comment Freedom of Speech

I can’t believe I’m going to seriously discuss this, but apparently this is a big enough issue here, and probably on other blogs as well. It is known that any WordPress blog Administrator has the right to Delete and Edit the comments that are posted on their blog. This is a seemingly harmless feature that is quite useful, but not innocent at all. I myself am guilty of abusing it in the past, but now realize my wrongdoing, but people need to understand their role.

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There are two types of abuse of this power that I have encountered: malicious editing and malicious deleting.

  1. Malicious Editing: an abusive individual Mr. X while angry about being constipated decides to take his anger out on the author of a post. Mr. Author, granted the power of Administrator, angry about his diarrhea edits the comment from the name of Mr. X with intent to humiliate him. Mr. X and his raging hemorrhoids spews further insults and the cycle continues.
  2. Malicious Deleting: Mr. X while stoned, posts a comment that is either not insightful, abusive or stupid, or don’t follow Mr. Author’s and is deleted by Mr. Author.

The first one has no excuse, it is not to be done, ever. I am guilty of this, however the results of my tampering have been taken down long ago, and were done in humour, with no actual malice in mind. Still, this is inexcusable. We do not stoop down to that level.

The second one doesn’t either. Comments that do not share your point of view, or are counteractive to your own should not be deleted, they need to be replied to with an explanation. If the comments are abusive, they should simply be rid of content and replaced with a simple message indicating the removal due to verbal abuse. We do not promote censorship here, but lines are drawn. Commenters want to be heard, and heard they shall be, but some things should not be heard publicly.

I draw a line. Today, the blog was filled with my idiot friends’ “DESU”, “Rick Roll” and “Tay Zonday”. I don’t have the patience for this shit. It has and will be dealt with. Please, refrain for being idiots, post if you have something genuine to add to the conversation, this applies to the internet in general. I commend “E” on being an insightful person with a genuine sense of humour. however, he should be aware of the fact that he takes it too far sometimes. Freedom of speech should be exercised only by people who have something to say.

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16 Responses to “Comment Freedom of Speech”


  1. 1 E April 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    E thinks you take this shit way too seriously, considering the scope of this blog. E thinks you shouldn’t let a little spam get your panties in a bundle.

    Oh wait, I forgot that the Internet is serious business. My bad.

    P.S. I thought Tay Zonday didn’t make it through…

  2. 2 happyatom April 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Pisses the shit out of me. I don’t like flies in my soup, should I leave them there cause someone thinks it’s funny?

  3. 3 E April 4, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Yes.

    But that’s a bad analogy anyway. Flies in your soup are a genuine health concern, are disgusting, and also are indicative of a bigger problem somewhere along the line (flies in your house if at home, or trapped in the cans in the factory if its canned soup, or health codes not up to standard if in a restaurant, etc).

  4. 4 E April 4, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    By the way, everybody, George shall now be known as “Prissy Missy”.

  5. 5 Valery April 4, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    george is a gangster, leave gosha aloone!

  6. 6 Dr. Mike Wendell April 6, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Well you’re in a good place for this. WordPress.com is very much against Freedom of Speech and is known for it.

  7. 7 happyatom April 6, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Known for this? Are there specific examples? I never even considered that WordPress would actually intervene, I was talking specifically from a blogger’s point of view.

  8. 8 olgaolgaolga April 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    no bullshit. HA.

  9. 9 teengle April 6, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    lets all chill out 🙂

  10. 10 E April 6, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I know, like, seriously.

    I think George might be a ragaholic. He just can’t get enough of that rage-ahol.

  11. 11 happyatom April 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Quoting The Simpsons only makes you cool if you do it well!

  12. 13 happyatom April 6, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    That was slightly better.

  13. 14 olgaolgaolga April 6, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    what an intensive debate

  14. 16 nikikikiki May 14, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    HAHA I LOVE E


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