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Deleting forum posts that are critical of what is not being done

Gretchen's picture

It is our understanding that Robyn can and did delete posts that she considers critical of the "team".
No one was at all disrespectful.
If the job is not being done, then truth telling is also not disrespectful.
Apparently it is easier to delete posts than to stay in touch with members of the forum asking for progress.
Could even be called "censorship".

RDA's picture

Gretchen: I will never delete (post #69156, reply #1 of 6)

Gretchen: I will never delete a post that is "critical" of the work being done here (or the lack of it, a common perception); I will, however, delete posts that are downright mean-spirited and insulting. We'll have to agree to disagree on the definition of disrespectful in this case. I've stated it plainly: I am very sorry that improvements have been slow to come, but I'm not a punching bag for those who are unhappy with the forums.

Censorship? Not my thing. I've deleted two posts since I started here in August. One smacked of spam and the other was insulting. In both cases, I wrote to the posters immediately and told them the comments had been removed and why. That hardly qualifies as censorship.


shar999's picture

I think we are all adults (post #69156, reply #3 of 6)

I think we are all adults here and can see when someone is being disrespectful. It doesn't mean that we all agree with that poster, or the way they worded their post, BUT what you are doing is a form of censorship whether you chose to acknowledge that, or not. Many of us have received negative comments that are sometimes mean spirited and sometimes insulting after posting. This gives a person the "right" to censor and delete a post because your feelings are hurt? That is censorship.
Many people in this community feel that you are doing a very poor job of keeping us informed and sometimes wonder if you even understand some of the requests that we are trying to get you to correct. The moderators on the other boards have a lot more contact with the community than you. If you feel that this is insulting it is a problem you have to deal with as it goes along with the "job".
As the saying goes,"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen".

MEANCHEF's picture

You also deleted Shoechick's (post #69156, reply #5 of 6)

You also deleted Shoechick's post, but whose counting. The post you have deleted was simply critical of the absence of any sign of a project manager. Do you see one, know his/her name? If so please have them answer some questions so that we have the right punching bag.

Going the censorship route is a bad and slipperey slope. Not likely to lead anywhere good.

Gretchen's picture

And at least 2 others have (post #69156, reply #6 of 6)

And at least 2 others have been deleted, with no notice to them.

Actually I felt VERY disrespected by Jason REvson's letter to the forum as a spokesman for Taunton Press. What can I do about that? I guess we really don't agree about what "disrespect" is.

evelyn's picture

It is pathetic that what was (post #69156, reply #2 of 6)

It is pathetic that what was once a healthy, active, thriving community has turned into a graveyard.

Robyn, your attitude certainly hasn't helped. You have not been fothcoming with information to the point where CTers have wandered off to the OTHER forums to find out any sort of information. You have unfortunately restricted yourself to censorship and denial.

This place is really dead. I guess graveyard is just about right.

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Jean's picture

Robyn, I'm sorry that your (post #69156, reply #4 of 6)

Robyn, I'm sorry that your feelings were hurt, but as a moderator you should be able to put your feelings aside. I've always admired past moderators for using good judgment about closing or deleting controversial posts. You've really goofed with this one.

It's sad to see this forum in such a moribund state.

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