What is with the deleted diaries?
by SovSov, Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 02:14:43 PM EDT
I was watching the diaries and posting comments and PUFF they started to disappear. Not one but a number!!! Is this how a blog works, cut out the opposition?
I know things are frustrating. I know MyDD is losing traffic. I know that some feel it is important to control a message. Yet, at what cost? One diary to dissapear talked about how the posting were getting a little off the wall on this site and listed some diaries which were "bad." After a number of healthy comments, back and forth, it was censored out. The next posting reported how a key Puerto Rican Hillraiser had gone to Obama's side. W/i minutes this mere reporting of a bad fact was censored off the site.
Now I know it can get heated. In support of the 1st Amendment Justice Brandeis reminded us that the answer to "bad" speech is more "good" speech. Better known as the Market Place of Ideas. The administrators can couch the deletions in talking about "rule breaking." Yet, what could have possibly been wrong with announcing a defection?
The death of this site has to do with the way it is run. One of the rec'ed diary on DailyKos has over 800 comments. You would have to take all of the comments on this sites rec list and double it to get just that. There are over 2000 comments on Daily Kos's rec. list alone. Here, the new diary list creeps. You can get to the rec list with few recs. Sad, but the bench is very shallow here when compared to other like sites.
This is not to say the ideas on Daily Kos are better. It is not to say that Obama is better. It is merely to say that this creation of a censored echo chamber is killing your resource. When you have one diarist, listed three times, on the same rec list you have a problem. When the same group of writers dominate the list of five rec'ed diaries, every day, you stagnate. I could love Hillary and still not want to be here.
You can blame the MSM, the DNC, Obama, etc. for being unfair to Hillary. Yet, the death of this site is all on the people who censor and the people who have come to dominate. Fix it or watch this dwindle into a very very small echo chamber.
Now don't use the words "dailykos" in your comments. This has everything to do with YOU and nothing to do with anyone else.