So, someone deleted a couple comments I made in response to someone else's comments. There was no messaging to me about when or why. That is totally uncool. This is cencorship, pure and simple.
Yes what I said was argumentative. I provided a rebuttal to a viewpoint I disagreed with. I was not trolling, I did not flame, I did not use Bad Words.
I admit to the possiblity that how I said what I said may have contributed more noise than signal to the conversation. I was looking for information and people were giving me assertions, assertions that run against my own experience. I was defending that experience. I may have been hasty in my response. I have used language not totally in keeping with diplomacy.
Even if none of what I say here were true, even if my comments were groundless, mere diatribing. It is wrong to silently delete them.
I feel violated and my trust in the system is eroded. A system I have willingly contributed to and helped build over many years. How many other things which I've contributed to the network have been quietly removed while my attention is eleswhere?
Stack Exchange has a feature for coping with a comment run that turns debateable, this common feature of human conversation, it's called "move to chat". Use it please.
Note: I'm aware of and make a distinction for outright bullying, swearing, ad-hominen attacks and similar dirty rotten bastard behaviour. I've no problem with quietly removing those. What I'm talking about is censoring difference of opinion.
Now I don't care enough about these particular comments to have them reinstated. The point of raising in this in Meta is that the practice of silent removal of comments that are not abuse is wrong.
I used the word "practice" because I've read similar complaints by other Stack Exchange users, some of which are now former users, in a number of places. I don't believe my experience represents a one-off mistake. This is also why I'm not linking to the question directly in post.