Shadow Banning of comments

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

Conversation 8 comments

  • Paul Thurrott

    Premium Member
    07 October, 2021 - 9:27 am

    <p>I don’t understand what you’re asking, actually. </p><p><br></p><p>If it’s whether we silently ban or delete a particular individual’s comments or whatever, the answer is no.</p><p><br></p><p>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. </p>

  • pecosbob04

    07 October, 2021 - 11:04 am

    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.

    • pecosbob04

      07 October, 2021 - 11:09 am

      <p>Interesting it appears the reply to the post showed up maybe what I see only occurs in a reply (or maybe even just a reply to Paul).</p>

      • pecosbob04

        07 October, 2021 - 11:12 am

        <p>Nope logged out and still saw the reply so I have no idea.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      07 October, 2021 - 12:57 pm

      <p>I tried to fix the formatting. Hope that’s OK.</p>

      • pecosbob04

        07 October, 2021 - 1:49 pm

        <p>Of course, Thank You!</p><p><br></p>

  • casualadventurer

    14 December, 2021 - 2:23 pm

    <p>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. </p>

  • reservoirmike

    08 March, 2022 - 7:52 pm

    <p>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.</p><p><br></p><p>I’d say it was surprising, but given the missing comments generally went against the narrative, it’s really not.</p>


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