Shadow Banning of comments


The title’s self explanatory. For or against (for non-spam commenters)?

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8 responses to “Shadow Banning of comments”

  1. Paul Thurrott

    I don't understand what you're asking, actually.

    If it's whether we silently ban or delete a particular individual's comments or whatever, the answer is no.

    Or are you asking whether we (or readers) are pro or against shadow banning? I'm not sure what the case is for doing that to non-spam accounts.

  2. pecosbob04

    I made a reply to Paul's comment on the forum post Premium article comments for non-premium users when I iew the forum and am logged in I can see the post if I log out and view the post it does not appear. in both cases the counter indicates 5 comments when there are actually 6 if you count mine. Is that the type of thing you are seeing? Also please excuse the font and weight selection it came with the copy / paste of the forum topic and I have not managed to make it go away. Of course I am not trying very hard since my bet would be that this post will be in the bit-bucket for everyone but me. The comment procedure on the site has the 'FUBAR' light on and flashing.
  3. casualadventurer

    If the question is about shadow banning non-spam accounts, I would strongly recommend not doing it. For starters, its cowardly. If you want to take down someone's post, tell them why instead of hiding it from everyone but them. Secondly, this country is the only one in all the world that has freedom of speech guaranteed in the Constitution, and we should all value that concept even on our personal websites.

  4. reservoirmike

    Is this a thing now? I noticed a comment I made (along with some others) disappeared from at least 1 recent article. The comment count is correct for the original posts, but they no longer align with what is on the current page.

    I'd say it was surprising, but given the missing comments generally went against the narrative, it's really not.

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