We bloggers are, I consider, fortunate to be afforded the privilege to air our thoughts and interests and opinions on this platform for free (- provided we take heed of _NN_’s Ts&Cs provisos). In so doing, we are, unless we choose to stick to (what others might deem) fence-sitting mediocrity and banality, perhaps desiring of being read and, consequently, receptive as to whether any interest provoked may or may not result in the reader feeling driven to post a comment. (Suggestion for comment on this post: ‘Lee, that title is shite!’)
This is potentially problematic…. Oh come on, Lee, people get the point you’re making! Right, in short, unless spam (which continues to plague this site), or über- troll-ish, then comments are fair play. If we don’t like them, we can choose to ignore them (a resort I have used myself). What we do not do is respond to fair comment, query, challenge or contention – by deleting. We can freely retract our own words (with or without qualification), but not those of others. Not only is it the total antithesis of the (intended) spirit here – it is censorship.
I think the text of my e-mail to the NN staff is sufficiently informative:
I feel driven to inform you of the difficulty I am having commenting on a particular post, namely:
I have, I feel, made reasonable comments and queries on this piece: I consider it vague and brief, and sought to seek clarification as to what it is about; and to challenge what it seems in part to imply. However, any comment I now post thereon is quickly removed.
Is there a fault; or has my name been black-listed by this blogger? If the latter, I object. Moreover, I wish to retrieve the comments I have made there, but I can’t find a listing for my own comments.
(I would have copied the post author into this e-mail, but contact details are not provided on the profile page.)
Could you kindly enlighten?
With thanks for your time… etc’
Following this, one recoverable comment was re-posted. However, this open query as to why my other comments have been removed was itself removed yesterday. Censored. For querying information / challenging a viewpoint. Pathetic! Worse – unscientific.