March 16, 2009
You seem to have some confusion about why your comments are no longer appearing on clusterflock.
clusterflock is a community, not a democracy. Everything on the site is curated, comments included. We do our best to allow spirited discussion and debate. There are thousands of examples of this on the site. We draw the line at meanness or stupidity.
Of course, identification of these characteristics is arbitrary to some degree, and as I am human, I am fallible, but I take the responsibility seriously and that is why your comments are no longer included.
I’m sorry this has to be the case. _____, you seem to have enjoyed interacting on the site and this made me happy to see. You strayed toward meanness a few times, but mostly, these moments were discussed, and I thought you understood what was going on.
______, perhaps you have some personal animosity toward me, and if I have done anything to contribute to that, I am sorry. I have held you, and your creative work, in high regard. Wherever or whenever possible, I made an attempt to articulate this to you, to support you, to express that. Perhaps my anger at your tardiness or for what I saw as lack of support of ___ a few times has poisoned you against me. To whatever degree I am responsible for this, I apologize.
Your conduct on the site, however, has been deplorable, and the fact that you used _____’s name when you interacted turned the web site against _____ even more than his comments alone would have.
I am sending this email by way of explanation. I felt my first was perhaps too abrupt. I offer it only as a way to answer any questions you might have and in no way should be seen as a desire for further discussion. I have had genuine affection for both of you, which makes your choices all the more disappointing, and these emails all the more painful.
I wish for nothing but goodness for both of you.