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A removal of an entry: the why

I thought long and hard about removing the entry related to swastikas and neo-nazi thinking. I tend to be anti-censorship and pro-discussion. I am not opposed to intelligent discussion of swastikas, the stolen power symbol, or the role christ played in relation to his peers, as he did want to shake things up and get people's attention. I do, however, reject the notion that anyone who merely disagrees with a post will go someplace hot and bothersome and religiously questionable. Ultimately, I counted that comment as a flame towards the whole group, which means it counted as spam. And, because it was spam, I realized I had to ban the user.

We don't have a lot of conversations around here, but in general, I think we have pleasant and articulate ones. I would like to keep it that way. The posts, at least for a little while, will be monitored. I hate to do it, but since those who get identified as trolls sometimes become more vociferous after being assigned that role, I feel I must for the sake of our community.

If you have something meaningful or positive or beneficial to add, please do feel free to post. I will pass it on. Currently the journal default should allow comments. If we get a spammer in the comments, we'll reset to screening too.

*good thoughts*

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sim_james
Dec. 1st, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I had a quick poke around, and it's a sockpuppet account that was used to post the exact same screed to multiple communities. Spam indeed.

bearblue
Dec. 1st, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I feel better about making that decision then.
davidbrider
Dec. 2nd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Although on the bright side, one of the comms was methodism, which was a pleasant one to discover.

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