Yesterday, Dave Winer did this post about why he’s not happy with Apple’s latest operating system, Mac OS X Leopard. Since I’ve been reading Dave for several years — and mostly been a silent cheerleader of his efforts, an admirer of his perspectives, while sometimes puzzled by his musings — atypical for me I left a comment under this post.
Dave deleted it.
The gist of my comment which I didn’t save — since I’m one of the most transparent, authentic, glass-is-51%-full optimists and probably least-deleted commenter out there — was to mention that I’d successfully upgraded a whole bunch of Mac’s without a problem. I then mentioned how curious I was that a guy 10x more technical than I am seems to wrestle so mightily with what I (a tiny propeller-on-my-beanie guy) find quite straightforward.
Moments ago I was doing my usual end-of-the-day RSS reading and saw another Scripting News post referencing yesterday’s. Peeking at yesterday’s (under which I had commented) I noticed the deletion so left another comment that asked Dave, “Why did you delete my comment from yesterday?“
Dave deleted that comment too.
Now wait just a minute Winer. Is this how you expect blog discourse to flow? Why have comments if you’re just going to delete them? If you and I were face-to-face having a conversation, whenever it was my turn to talk would it be OK to put your hands over your ears and shout “LA-LA-LA-LA”? In effect that’s what you’re doing by deleting comments like the incredibly benign ones I left.
I expect rational discourse from people until proven otherwise and authenticity in the blogosphere demands authentic behavior. What you just did (twice) is NOT authentic behavior. It’s sneaky, meek and unbecoming someone like you. If you have an intern that made a decision of their own accord and deleted the comment I stand corrected, but I doubt that’s the case and this public post is the only way I know of to get your attention.
Mostly you’ve not been bashful about putting forth your opinions like it states here under “Relationship to the public”, and I’ve always been on the side of you. Why? You’ve actually “shipped” vs. what I perceive the others arguing with you have achieved and you are a do-er and usually they are not. In almost every case I’m on your side…
…but I might need to re-think that position unless you let me know what was up with deleting my comments.
UPDATE: It’s possible this was all caused by a problem with Winer’s chosen comment engine, Disqus. I’ve never used them before commenting on Winer’s site and logged on, looked at my profile and saw a flash of my comments for a half second. I tried to screengrab it but instead had to take a screencapture movie and then do the screengrab you see below *and* this will afford you the opportunity to read my comments yourself and see why they weren’t delete-worthy IMHO.
This entire rant may be a technical problem — and illustrative of the pitfalls we all face if we depend too much on stuff like this — which was caused by Disqus and I apologize to you, Dave, if that is so. If it isn’t, re-read everything above. 😉
UPDATE 6:05pm CT: Just received this email from Disqus so it’s clear that Dave *did* delete the comments:
I just verified and there is no problem with our system. We leave it up
to the site owner to choose which comments remain in moderation or gets
displayed on the site. Neither Jason or I (team Disqus) removed any
Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks.