this blog and its rules
Earlier today a guy posted a diary which was basically an admonition to the rest of us to stop the grammar policing, spelling policing, and overly sarcastic comments to other posters. Several people agreed with him in the diary, and I noticed they got positive point bumps for their contributions. I did not agree (got negged twice) and thought the post was completely wrong, and said so. I said that this board is kept to a higher quality than others in part because some things get called out here, which keeps lower quality posts from getting created. I and a couple of others mentioned that as a community, this board has both the strengths and weaknesses of a community, which means that some people will go to far but that in general the community is good. I can't link to it because the diary has been deleted. In Brian's post today he referred to diary quality, and that lower quality posts will be moved back or deleted wholesale: "Note that any diary complaining about the fact that people around here don't like you is by definition low quality." I don't think that diary should have been deleted. IMO a post discussing whether there is too much policing going on is perfectly legitimate. There is a difference between posts we think are dead wrong (that one) and posts that are illegitimate and should be deleted (McFarlin anyone?). In the end, this is Brian's blog and he can do anything he wants, and I respect that. But I also respectfully disagree with the decision, and hope it will be exercised sparingly in future.
EDIT: sorry for the lack of paragraph breaks, I'm using a Mac with Safari, and somehow screwed it up. Also, in response to Sgt. Wolverine, who wrote that censorship is an overused term, I agree.