The first time I was told by someone that they were glad to see I don’t censor or moderate dissenting comments here I was shocked to hear it was common. I was first told this by Atheists. They said it was common for other Christian bloggers to delete or not allow their comments even if they offered polite disagreement. Then it happened to me. I found that bloggers who are decided on the political left would eventually delete my comments and subsequently ban me from their blogs if I asked too many questions. The most recent example is from Wonkette. They seem to enjoy deleting non-complimenting comments.
A while back I came across a survey from the Pew Research group who found that the politically liberal were nearly twice as likely to unfriend, block, or censor over dissenting opinions. But to what end? Is there really anything fulfilling if you only allow complimentary comments from readers? What’s the point of posting your opinions if you only want back-slapping praise as a response? Is it ego? Is it thin-skin? I don’t know. I like having the disagreement. I think it makes for a more engaging discussion. Am I missing something?