Posting Duplicate Comments

Over the past month or two, there have been a number of comments posted on this site that have not made it to visible status. It is not the policy of this site to censor a point of view. In fact, I appreciate contrary opinions as it give me a chance to clarify points I make.

The posts in question involve points that are both in line and contrary to my own opinions, but the problem with them is that they were not original. In each case, someone has taken comments posted on other sites and performed a copy and paste as if they were their own point being made here. In many cases, it is obvious as the pseudo-poster has included quotes from related posts on the originating site that are out of context at best, and unintelligible at worst, when pasted in as a comment on this site. In most cases, I have reason to believe they are simply intended to provide a link to a commercial site that is of no specific interest to someone reading a site on transit, which is why they have not appeared here.

I bring this up as there could be a possibility of a valid post getting nixed, despite what I believe is careful consideration before killing it. I don’t have a problem with someone posting their point on multiple sites. Heck,¬†one of my beliefs is that I should never have to type something if it has ever been typed in the history of the world.

If you want to write, “the sky is green” on ten sites, go ahead and type it once, copy it, and paste it on each site, including this site (as long as that is a topic of discussion!). Just don’t go writing on another site, “John said the sky is purple and I believe it is green” and paste that on this site, unless you are reacting to the same comment made by ‘John’ on this site.

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