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Jacob, did you delete your Boom! Headshot! diary and everyone's comments to it?

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 12:28:27 PM EST
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I deleted that thing when I noticed it had 80 comments and no recommends.

At that time I though maybe a little more credit should be given for stimulating discussion and a little less for rehashing les idées reçues.

This diary is probably destined for the same oblivion, unless something radically improves.

(I only posted on European Tribune out of admiration for Jerome, and the rest of it is just a sad joke.)

by Jacob Freeze on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 01:11:38 PM EST
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It so happens that your previous diary was devoid of content but did spawn an interesting comment thread. This one has interesting content but you're doing a good job of derailing any discussion.

If you delete another one of your diaries we might be forced to take away your ability to edit your own stories once posted.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 01:17:17 PM EST
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Once a diary is published and spawns a discussion I would consider that it is "owned" by the community who have contributed to that discussion, and not just by the diary author.  I would be quite annoyed if I had spent a lot of time writing a considered comment only to find it had been deleted.  

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 02:15:20 PM EST
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What's more the diary and its comments really disappear. We can't conjure them back up from the bowels of the software.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 02:29:01 PM EST
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Deleting diaries in a fit of pique is pretty bad form since it involves deleting other people's contributions. Don't bother posting diaries if that's going to be your attitude.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 01:19:07 PM EST
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If it is any consolation to you Jacob, what I consider to have been my best diary got the least comments and recommends as you put it.  Some topics are simply a minority taste and don't attract much of a readership or debate - often because others don't feel qualified to comment.  

I suspect there are very few military strategists here and so few would feel qualified to engage with you on your central thesis.  We are here to learn, perhaps to add a minor or supplementary comment, not as experts to peer review a scholarly work.

Writing a comment and checking out the reaction to it is the best way of testing out a half formed thought or theory.  If we were experts, we probably wouldn't be here in the first place!

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 01:26:56 PM EST
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