Is it a new feature to allow the person who starts a thread to delete posts on it?
If so, is this something we REALLY want?
It allows people to slant things to look as if their ideas are getting much more support than they actually are.
It seems that opinions that don't totally agree are being wiped out left and right.
Now I personally think it's a very childish thing to do and it demonstrates a definite insecurity on the part of the person doing the deleting but still, if we take the time to write a well thought out response, designed to make people think and the op doesn't like it because it doesn't 100% back up their opinion, should they really be allowed to hit the delete button?
There is a particular blog put up today which chastises someone for posting negative responses. I wrote what I thought was a nice reply designed to make people think of it from another perspective. I was not disrespectful at all in my reply but it didn't agree with the person who started the blog so guess what? It's gone!
Basically, I said that it might help those who are feeling very jaded and bad to post on their situation and who cares if they discuss their personal situation in every entry they make? I also said that we are all adults here and that if someone posts about a situation, gets 10 replies and only ONE of those replies tells them to run away, that it will never get any better then it's up to the person to decide whether or not to follow that advice, that we should take some responsibility for how much control we let strangers on the internet have over our lives.
Anyway, my opinion wasn't 100% in line with the person's who started the blog so my contribution was deleted as if it never existed.
I don't know, is that the kind of site we want? What good is a site where differing opinions are removed and bloggers manipulate the threads to make it look like everyone agrees with them?