just had a look at the fp.
http://richarddawkins.net/articleCommen ... e36#464162
methinks the message is getting through.bonzai originally was scathing about the forum..now this;
1766. Comment #464129 by Bonzai on February 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm
Just to test whether I have been deleted.
OK, I am still here.
I think this Stalinist tactic of deleting posts is simply petty and reflects badly on the power that be (and ultimately on RD himself as the site bears his name). Look, the story has hit the news, heated debates and discussions are happening all over the internet. Even over at PZ's there is a whole thread on it.
I don't know what can be achieved by censoring people here. It is not as if you can cover it up by deleting posts or taking it off people's mind. It serves no purpose except to highlight the pettiness of those who made the decision to delete.
The demise of the forum is a big thing on RD.net. Naturally we are concerned. The posts that have been deleted here were very civil and measured. They were rather short and there were only a few of them. Many of them were only asking questions. If even that cannot be allowed to survive on this OT thread it only appears to confirm the allegations against the system admins and perhaps RD himself about their heavy handed approach to the forum.
Yes, it is RD's website and he can do whatever he wants with it. But it is the users and the volunteers who make a site a vibrant and lively place. The internet is littered with sites where no one ever knows or visits, the owners of these sites can act like kings of their domains, but I am not sure that is the way RD wants.