Censorship trend

By benken2202001
Mar 22, 2013
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  1. Lately I've been noticing a poor trend on TechSpot where comments on articles are being deleted or "censored." From what I've gathered, most deletions are due to the ToS found at
    Are there any other reasons for which posts will be removed? Is it per the author's discretion? For example; a comment reflects badly upon the author, so he/she removes it.

    Oftentimes I post as a Guest due to the nature of my work, perhaps that was the issue?
  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,024   +612

    As far as I'm concerned we only remove spammy or duplicate messages. Can you give more precise examples?
  3. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,282   +49

    Just my short input...I frequently see flaming attacks that are censored, yes. But, usually, none of us with moderation powers end up deleting random comments (I double-check all the deleted comments, sometimes). Most of the time, if anything, they are just edited to remove potential argumentative situations (like sexual-based humor, libelous attacks, copyright/plagiarizing content, etc.).

    Keep in mind the following in the ToS:

    I usually run through a bit to look for spam that might not have been caught, such as the sneaky pie21 spammers. I also look for flamers, but otherwise, the responsibility lies on the moderators. We don't have a flame filter, so we've to deal with that.
    SNGX1275 and cliffordcooley like this.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Maybe take note of when you see it happen next time and post back here, because I agree with Julio and Jay that I haven't seen this happening.

    Like Jay, I also like to check deleted comments (mods can see a comment has been deleted, and click on it to view what it said before deletion) out of curiosity and also simply to 'double-check' that there is no personal vendetta in play. Self-policing if you will. Also, I will note that this, afaik is not a stated policy that mods do that, but Jay and I both have said we do that anyway, I suspect other mods do as well then.
    Jay Pfoutz likes this.
  5. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,926   +185

    Yea just like SNGX I usually look over deleted posts as well...
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    An' I beez countin' ma blessins' about that.

    OTOH, now how are all the English lit majors going to feed their families, if they can't find work...? ;)
  7. urostor

    urostor TS Rookie

    Please, tell me why my guide about making internal and external speakers in laptop work together using ASIO was deleted. I've put a bit of work into that. If it cannot be restored, please send me a copy of it by any means.

    It was in the "Audio and Video" section of the forum.

    Yes, I used the "Search" feature, and no, nobody has come up with a solution like mine. The usual response was "It's impossible".

    You're not really encouraging new users to participate by politics like this.
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    Urostor, it's been restored.
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  9. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,024   +612

    Any idea how that could have been removed?
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    I do this as well
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    Julio, I was the one who deleted it.

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