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Jerome is almost surely correct that the "management" at dKos had nothing to do with the disappearance of your comment.  If you had been in a flame war with the group that considers itself Kos's enforcers and troll rates as a gang, you would have known it at the time.

Your instinct that your comment would not be appreciated by some in authority, however, is probably not far off.  Political viewpoint may be part of the reason, but more important is the site's near obsession with its reputation and public perception.  They seem to view themselves as a quasi-official organ that must be scrub itself free of material that would subject it to criticism that it is a "fringe" institution.

dKos is not a place for the kind of reasoned discourse that is the norm here.  Many people fly in and leave comments having read scarcely more than a diary's title, and some very disagreeable personalities quickly resort to ad hominem.

But the site's size and structure do make it useful for some things.  Jerome has managed to disseminate a lot of information about energy policy to a large readership.  He patiently built up his credibility before nearly crossing the line of permissible discourse himself by daring to suggest that Americans might have to alter their lifestyles in the near future.

When I grew frustrated at the lack of front page coverage at dKos of Bush's push for war against Iran, I posted some diaries during the past couple of weeks.  When one appeared criticizing Senate Democrats for signing on to Santorum's Iran Freedom Support Act, I took quite a beating from the Dems uber alles crowd, but the diary still sat on the rec list for quite a while with the result that the information was all over the Internet the next day and a Green candidate for Senate even used it to put the heat on Herb Kohl in Wisconsin.  It would be tough to think of another forum where some guy can come out of nowhere (almost literally) and post something that has that kind of impact.

I am ready for a break from dKos myself.  Armando's rant and the accompanying thread about some diary ending up on the rec list reminded me of the times in elementary school when we would stand on the baseball diamond arguing about the rules until it was too dark to play.  All the elements were there: the guy who said he was going to get his father if everyone didn't give in to him and the "me too" chorus.  It was especially ridiculous because the whole thing was supposedly about maintaining a mature and serious image.  Oh my.

So proximity1, I can empathize with how you feel, but I know you're appreciated around here.

by goinsouth (imgoinsouth@gmail.com) on Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 06:38:09 AM EST

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