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What do you think killed my comment
It sucked and was rated 0 14%
It sucked and an adequacy editor deleted it 71%
A bug in mySQL ate it 14%
Foul looking martians stole it 0%

Votes: 7

 Killed by Adequacy censor?

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Aug 31, 2001
How odd. I wrote a comment in the story "An Essay on Microsoft" earlier today, and now it's gone...

If it was rated 0, wouldn't there be at least one "pending comment" in that story? Was it deleted entirely?

Many questions, few answers.


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It wasn't such a bad comment. It didn't deserve this cruel fate. I'm hurt. My belief in the journalistic integrity of adequacy is forever damaged.

I miss K5.

Poll: What really happened here?


It was deleted. (3.00 / 2) (#1)
by elby on Fri Aug 31st, 2001 at 01:15:11 PM PST
Although I did not "delete" it, I can tell you that it was "deleted" in accordance with our strict no trolling policy. Your post was a troll.

Accusing the author of a story of being a "troll" is ad hominem. Additionally, the author is not a troll: it is well established that the editors here on adequacy are above reproach. From whichever angle you look at it, the comment was simply noise in an otherwise productive and interesting discussion.

You are welcome on this site, but such destructive behavior is not.


My bad (1.00 / 1) (#2)
by twodot72 on Fri Aug 31st, 2001 at 03:46:56 PM PST
Yes, it was an ad hominem attack. In hindsight I realize it was more or less noise too, it didn't contribute to the discussion in any way. I'll not do that again.

A troll? I'm not so sure. It was an honest opinion about the article. But you are an editor and get to define what trolling is on this site, so I'll accept your verdict.

I guess I was mistaken when I took the author for a troll, s/he is probably just a regular zealot.

Re: (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Aug 31st, 2001 at 04:59:50 PM PST
"I guess I was mistaken when I took the author for a troll, s/he is probably just a regular zealot."

There's a difference?

Yes, there is a huge difference (1.00 / 1) (#4)
by twodot72 on Sat Sep 1st, 2001 at 02:13:16 AM PST
At least if I go by the dictionary definitions, and I'm not aware of any other.

A troll posting is designed to stir up emotions and start flamewars. It is the point of the post, if there is no flamewar, the troll has failed.

A zealot is simply (quoting "a fervent and even militant proponent of something". As opposed to trolls, they always believe what they write and isn't out to annoy, just to "educate".

I don't see zealotry as inherently bad, it was only an observation that the author appears to be a Windows zealot. Of course, having a discussion with a zealot is difficult since their conviction is, per definition, very strong.

Adequacy... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Sep 1st, 2001 at 05:44:53 AM PST
... does NOT allow trolls in either stories, comments, or diaries.

Adequacy posts the most controversial news about society, culture, and the world. Trolls have no place in that discussion.


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