I’ve removed several comments, including my own intervention comments, from the tail end of the wind turbine discussion today. The exchanges were not relevant to the topic and in my judgment, some of them violated our guidelines. The whole thing detracted from the generally excellent conversation that occurred in that comment thread over several weeks (170+ comments).
If anyone wants to comment about my decision or otherwise discuss Locally Grown’s discussion guidelines, this is the place to do it.
HA! It wasn’t me!
Pretty much all the offending comments made by people over the years are removed. I often give people a chance to ‘try again’ after I’ve posted my comment of intervention. Sometimes I remove that comment of mine, sometimes not.
Part of my rationale for intervening publicly is so everyone else sees that the guidelines are enforced. Part of my rationale for removing the offending comments is to encourage a culture of civility which to me far outweighs any benefit there might be in preserving a public record of misdeeds.
In this case, I removed all the comments, not because they all had broken our guidelines (some had) but because they were all part of an off-topic thread.
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