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Smart people make a lot of money.
naturally. That's what it means to be smart. 14%
they might, but not necessarily. 71%
no. They are too smart to make money. 14%

Votes: 7

 To the management:

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jul 21, 2001
I cannot help but notice that many of SpaceGhoti's comments have been censored, yet many others have not. Is there some explanation for this discrepancy?

Thank you.


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Censorship? (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by bc on Sat Jul 21st, 2001 at 11:06:00 AM PST
What comments of Spaceghoti's have been censored? As far as I am aware, none.

We only delete trolls and worthless crapflooding comments, not legitimate opinions.

♥, bc.

Who are you? (1.00 / 1) (#7)
by opalhawk on Mon Jul 23rd, 2001 at 02:50:10 PM PST
Who are you to tell somone if their opinion is valid... no, not even just valid..... Who the hell are you to tell somone if their opinion is their opinion or not?

How are you going to know? What if somone posts somthing that they honestly and truly belive in and you delete it as a troll? What then? I agree with hiding comments that may be offensive, but isn't that what your trusted users are for? Moderating the forum? Why have trusted user status implimented on this site if the editors are going to delete the comments of people they don't agree with, and chastise the people who attempt to use their status to mod anyone down? I really don't understand the policy guys.

I really wish you would come to some friggin conclusions and perhaps post a F.A.Q. About what really constitutes a "troll post". I don't see how anyone can take you seriously, even in your joking around until you (the editors) get it together.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

deleting comments... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
by elby on Sat Jul 21st, 2001 at 11:32:11 AM PST
Unless you're reading the page all day it's sort of hard to notice when comments get deleted. :)

What do you mean? We really haven't deleted all that many comments.


Actually... (5.00 / 2) (#3)
by elenchos on Sat Jul 21st, 2001 at 01:40:31 PM PST
...I was wondering about he ones you hadn't deleted. They seemed... out of place, and were interfering with my enjoyment of the site. I mean, where does the man get off, saying such things. Thinking such things! It is just unnatural, that's all.

And what about the children for the love of Jesus Christ Almighty!

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

Dude... (5.00 / 4) (#4)
by finn on Sat Jul 21st, 2001 at 05:41:48 PM PST

He (sorry if you aren't, but you sound like a he) gave one of my comments a five.

I mean, OK, it was a crap comment, but dude, it was the first time I've been rated up. (And I wasn't even drunk when I posted it). Surely we can all just get along (especially if we are voting each other (me) up).

Flatterer (1.00 / 1) (#5)
by SpaceGhoti on Sun Jul 22nd, 2001 at 01:28:12 PM PST
You realize, of course, that flattery will get you everywhere.

A troll's true colors.

Yeah, I knew you'd get a kick out of it. (5.00 / 2) (#6)
by elenchos on Sun Jul 22nd, 2001 at 03:23:19 PM PST
Jesus is going to get you for all this, by the way. No comment is ever hidden from Him.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill


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