Moderation (from Another pothole death)

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Moderation (from Another pothole death)

Postby Phil Fouracre » 5 Mar 2016, 10:15am

Can I ask a question? Been following this post, and commenting. Looking this morning and all my posts have disappeared. How does the system work, I don't think I've said anything controversial, but, now not sure. Are they arbitrarily removed without any notification?
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Moderation (from Another pothole death)

Postby Vantage » 5 Mar 2016, 10:34am

Posts written in all innocence can often be read the wrong way. Mine included.
As Vorpal has said, best to leave speculation out of it for now as the exact cause of the accident is still unknown.
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Re: Moderation (from Another pothole death)

Postby Vorpal » 5 Mar 2016, 10:58am

I removed most of the speculation, and those posts that I felt could be taken as victim blaming. It is preserved in a moderators' area of the board, and if the people who posted feel strongly that they want to continue discussing the victim / council responsibility aspect of such things as potholes in the road, we can do so on another thread.
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Re: Moderation (from Another pothole death)

Postby nosmarbaj » 6 Mar 2016, 9:07am

There were a number of posts stating points of view to the effect that cyclists need to look out for hazards and couldn't/shouldn't entirely depend on highway authorities to make them disappear. As far as I recall none of them were victim blaming (we don't know the full circumstances of the incident), but it might well be considered insensitive to discuss such things in a thread about a tragic death possibly related to such a hazard. There were other posts basically saying that cyclists should always be able to rely on a good road surface These were also not directly relevant to the thread topic.

The former posts were deleted without warning or notification to those who made them. The latter posts are still there.

I would like to make 2 points
1) If general discussion about responsibility for potholes was inappropriate on that thread, then all such posts should have been moved or deleted; not just those which disagreed with the moderator's POV.
2) It was probably insensitive to have such discussion on that thread; should "being insensitive" be a reason for censorship?

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Re: Moderation (from Another pothole death)

Postby Vorpal » 6 Mar 2016, 6:27pm

As I stated previously, the posts have been preserved and can be restored, elsewhere, if people want them. There have been threads on this forum about such things before. I just didn't think they were appropriate for that particular thread.

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