...except for this time.
And that's the truth. I almost NEVER delete a comment, no matter the provocation. But for this one post, I decided after a couple of truly ignorant comments that one class of comments would be deleted, and I announced I would be deleting them, AND I explained why. But I had a problem. This was a Skywriter post, and I'm not allowed to alter it. I couldn't go back and choose "Friends Only" or "Choose to Approve all Comments." I had to delete each comment as I found it, and that meant a lot of sub-threads went with the comments. But that's what I did. What happened next was an absolute surprise.
This post by a frienemy popped up, not because I had deleted comments of hers, but because I had deleted comments... period. Say what? There are people here who allow no comments at all, or who delete EVERY comment they don't like for whatever reason. There are also people who routinely allow only friends to comment, or who approve all comments, not showing any comment they don't like.
Despite all that, I have never seen a post like that one. I've seen complaints by people who've had comments deleted, sometimes turning those comments into a post, and I've seen general kvetching about the practice, but THIS post is a nine-day wonder. You would think that I invented deleting, or that it was what I did as common practice.
I had a reason for what I did, and I explained it... several times. I even explained it on the new "Chuck's a Rotten Deleter" post. Nobody read it. They simply swarmed to the attack, accusing me of doing things I had specifically eschewed, excoriated me for daring to delete comments at all (as if most of them didn't make a practice of it), and generally beat me up for doing for the first time what fully a quarter of Gather's posters do as a matter of standard practice. Meanwhile, my post was flooded by the very comments I had said I'd delete, a childish attempt to prove they could "beat" me. And in truth, I did eventually allow a few of the milder ones to stay.
OK, I don't really shiv a git WHAT they say, write or think. I just think the reaction, the first of its kind on Gather (that I've seen) was really extreme. I probably won't do it again for another two years or more, but when/if I do, I expect the same nonsensical explosion of angst and inaccurate representation of me, my motives and my actions. If I don't get it, I'll be most surprised. I just don't know why.