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Working Title: Orwellian Editor: From YKTTW

Ninjacrat: Right now, the only examples are one sweeping generalisation about webcomics, two maybe-examples, a sweeping generalisation about livejournal and an unexploded munition from the American Civil War.

Give me one good reason not to just delete the examples section.

(later: This page does not have examples. This page never had examples.)

Fast Eddie: The examples seem to be not natter. What's the issue?

Ninjacart: 'Many of X' or 'All of X' is the kind of content-free waffle that usually gets deleted on sight. And by now, deleting anything related to the war in america is a reflex action: it'll grow into another howling vortex of stupid if you don't.

It's kind of the platonic ideal of a page that doesn't benefit from examples.


G Dwarf: "Giant in the Playground Forum moderators (of the same site as Rich Burlew's The Order Of The Stick) actively seek out any posts which do not coincide with the rules and "scrub" the offending text away." Isn't that the point of forum moderators? Is this really a valid example?

fleb: Yeah and no.

  • Giant in the Playground Forum moderators (of the same site as Rich Burlew's The Order of the Stick) actively seek out any posts which do not coincide with the rules and "scrub" the offending text away.
    • This article used to be Longer? What? What are you talking about?

Paladineer: What do you mean, "yeah and no"? It seems to me that the point of this trope is draconian moderating with emphasis on removing from existance things that the moderator disagrees with (plus pretending they never existed), rather than violations of a stated code of conduct. I frequent the Git P forums and I find the moderating to be stricter than most forums, but only within a clearly defined ruleset. Hardly the "removes posts the moderators disagree with and pretends they never existed" that this tropes states. Removing example. Please respond if you diagree.
Shay Guy: Just wanted to say that while I don't do this, and don't approve of it, I can absolutely sympathize with the desire. Because whenever I realize that I've done something I shouldn't have, my reaction is always a desperate, irrational desire to make it not have happened. Deleting files from a hard drive is as close as you can get to that, even though it's in itself a bad thing to do and in the end makes things worse. But you're not thinking about that. You just want it to go away. And the fact that it's stored on a computer bank A) exacerbates matters with the fact that you know there's an actual record, usually publicly accessible, and B) adds an extra layer of abstraction that makes it easy to forget the fact that it's already in the memories of other people. Though other people's knowledge isn't really the key problem, not as much as your own.

Though again, this is based on my own emotional responses and desires; I can't speak for anyone else.