If Ruby doesn't think you're playing well with others, he'll mark up part of your comment with strikethrough text or a link to his flamebait page.
When I post a comment on a weblog, I expect that it will either remain intact or be deleted completely by the site host, at his or her discretion.
I can't blame the first recipient of Ruby's help for being hacked off; if you're going to change comments in subtle ways and leave the authorship intact, why not take one more baby step and edit the flamebait into friendly, constructive language?
Radio UserLand is a piece of great software.
Posted by Bill Kearney at 3:30 p.m. 6/4/2003
Thank you, Bill! You have no idea how pleasant it makes me feel when you say that.
Posted by Dave Winer at 3:33 p.m. 6/4/2003
Before this is interpreted as a free speech issue, Ruby has the right to do anything he likes with the comments on his weblog. And I have the right to stop posting there
because he has implemented such a condescending and obnoxious moderation policy.
Indeed it was, Rogers. You have no idea how pleasant it makes me feel when you say that.
Thank you, both!