Popular bloggers delete comments?

Richard Brownell says that popular blogger John Dvorak is deleting comments (and theorizes it’s cause the comments that John simply didn’t like them). Hey, he’s not the only one doing that. I’ve seen lots of bloggers delete comments.

I don’t.

At least not manually. My spam filter occassionally catches a few that I don’t get to. Sorry about that. Nothing personal, you understand.

One thing, since I use CoComment I notice that when someone deletes my comments they stick around in the CoComment service. It would be interesting to start “outting” people who delete comments and show which ones they deleted.

87 thoughts on “Popular bloggers delete comments?

  1. I delete comments all the time as well. I don’t have to do it often, just the idea of comment moderation stops most weasels. But the nature of my blog attracts a few nuts and I refuse to give them a forum. Let them write their own blog. That’s what I did.

    Meg Kelso

  2. I delete comments all the time as well. I don’t have to do it often, just the idea of comment moderation stops most weasels. But the nature of my blog attracts a few nuts and I refuse to give them a forum. Let them write their own blog. That’s what I did.

    Meg Kelso

  3. Christopher: That’s why I wasn’t outting the comment moderation itself. I’ve got a fairly popular video game website and we need to moderate our comments. I’ve taken heat for that, even been called Hitler before. So I don’t have a problem with your typical “keep it clean and relevant” moderation policies.

  4. Christopher: That’s why I wasn’t outting the comment moderation itself. I’ve got a fairly popular video game website and we need to moderate our comments. I’ve taken heat for that, even been called Hitler before. So I don’t have a problem with your typical “keep it clean and relevant” moderation policies.

  5. Well, I wasn’t so much in specific regards to this issue itself, but this isn’t the first time Scoble wrongly needles on JCD re: Spamtrap Gate. But, JCD ever so often posts loony crazy web-creature conspiracy theories on his blog, which is totally out of kilter to his more skeptical column. So heat where heat needs be. But John has a pretty good blog, gets more of the news and weird bits than most blogs. But yeah, the Britney-bit, ummm….

    Outting is a bad bad idea, imposing your blog moral judgement on others. So I dearly hope Scoble bites.

  6. Well, I wasn’t so much in specific regards to this issue itself, but this isn’t the first time Scoble wrongly needles on JCD re: Spamtrap Gate. But, JCD ever so often posts loony crazy web-creature conspiracy theories on his blog, which is totally out of kilter to his more skeptical column. So heat where heat needs be. But John has a pretty good blog, gets more of the news and weird bits than most blogs. But yeah, the Britney-bit, ummm….

    Outting is a bad bad idea, imposing your blog moral judgement on others. So I dearly hope Scoble bites.

  7. I’m aware of Dvorak’s posting guidelines and I don’t believe I broke them. Pointing out the truth is not on that list. It wasn’t spam like Chris Coulter said. And I certainly wasn’t making a personal attack against an editor as I’d have to have a personal vendetta against somebody to do that. Considering I find Dvorak to be one of the more entertaining twit hosts, I don’t know why I would be making an attack. I don’t tend to hang around people’s blogs just to find things to attack them for.

    But seriously, if you’re going to publish outright lies– and with added photoshopped lies at that– on your blog, you really need to be prepared to take a little heat on it. Moderate out the truth if you want. Maybe I seem like the troublemaker for bothering to blog this issue, but at least I don’t seem the fool.

  8. I’m aware of Dvorak’s posting guidelines and I don’t believe I broke them. Pointing out the truth is not on that list. It wasn’t spam like Chris Coulter said. And I certainly wasn’t making a personal attack against an editor as I’d have to have a personal vendetta against somebody to do that. Considering I find Dvorak to be one of the more entertaining twit hosts, I don’t know why I would be making an attack. I don’t tend to hang around people’s blogs just to find things to attack them for.

    But seriously, if you’re going to publish outright lies– and with added photoshopped lies at that– on your blog, you really need to be prepared to take a little heat on it. Moderate out the truth if you want. Maybe I seem like the troublemaker for bothering to blog this issue, but at least I don’t seem the fool.

  9. Godwin deletes all the time.

    But deleting is well within their rights. It’s there property. Personally? I’ve left comments in when they point out how wrong I am (surprised it doesn’t happen more often) or even point out silly spelling errors (I do most of my blogging at 5am). I’m human, you can disagree – it’s fine. Heck, with the world the way it is today (Dems vs. Rep., Muslims vs. everyone) I feel like I should lead the way with a little opinion tolerance.

  10. Godwin deletes all the time.

    But deleting is well within their rights. It’s there property. Personally? I’ve left comments in when they point out how wrong I am (surprised it doesn’t happen more often) or even point out silly spelling errors (I do most of my blogging at 5am). I’m human, you can disagree – it’s fine. Heck, with the world the way it is today (Dems vs. Rep., Muslims vs. everyone) I feel like I should lead the way with a little opinion tolerance.

  11. Mike: true enough. But why shouldn’t I be able to make fun of them on my blog? Isn’t that limiting my ability to have some fun here on my blog?

    Christopher: oh, and you don’t think I get nutty stalker mode comments? Hmmm. What makes John so special? ;-)

  12. Mike: true enough. But why shouldn’t I be able to make fun of them on my blog? Isn’t that limiting my ability to have some fun here on my blog?

    Christopher: oh, and you don’t think I get nutty stalker mode comments? Hmmm. What makes John so special? ;-)

  13. “outing” people that delete comments is just a stupid idea at best. Its their blog, they can do whatever they like. If they chose to not delete comments, and have frank open discussions then I appluade them, but we should not lower ourselves to McCarthian practices by “outing” those that don’t keep their blogs the way you think they should.

  14. “outing” people that delete comments is just a stupid idea at best. Its their blog, they can do whatever they like. If they chose to not delete comments, and have frank open discussions then I appluade them, but we should not lower ourselves to McCarthian practices by “outing” those that don’t keep their blogs the way you think they should.

  15. Well, it wasn’t deleting as so much as spam moderating. But never let the facts get in the way of an idle charge against JCD, I doubt you’d do the same for aanother fellow blogger. If you have watched his blog, which pretty obvious you haven’t, he’s had a pretty lively discussional mode, many people yagging him, many people supporting him. But then he can get the abusive posters that cross a line into the ‘nutty stalker mode’. Your bias is so obvious. I had one comment that I thought he killed, but in fact it showed up the next day, sometimes you have to give it time and not jump to conculsions and yell censorship. Besides if you go down THAT road, I can name nearly 50 bloggers that practice censorship and do it overtly and make no BONES about it.

  16. Well, it wasn’t deleting as so much as spam moderating. But never let the facts get in the way of an idle charge against JCD, I doubt you’d do the same for aanother fellow blogger. If you have watched his blog, which pretty obvious you haven’t, he’s had a pretty lively discussional mode, many people yagging him, many people supporting him. But then he can get the abusive posters that cross a line into the ‘nutty stalker mode’. Your bias is so obvious. I had one comment that I thought he killed, but in fact it showed up the next day, sometimes you have to give it time and not jump to conculsions and yell censorship. Besides if you go down THAT road, I can name nearly 50 bloggers that practice censorship and do it overtly and make no BONES about it.

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