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 http://www.techspot.com/terms.html
    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: 6,446   +269

    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: 4,286   +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: 12,287   +224

    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: 1,907   +115 Staff Member

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

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,016   +716

    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 Newcomer, in training

    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: 8,282   +181

    Urostor, it's been restored.
    Julio Franco and urostor like this.
  9. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,446   +269

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

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,201   +229

    I do this as well
  11. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,282   +181

    Julio, I was the one who deleted it.


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