Someone more or less anonymous tried to comment:
the fact that you removed my first (quite witty, although critical) comment is as ridiculous as you making all of these points up just to score some “fun points” with your readers.
In this particular case I never saw your original, witty post. Sorry. It probably got swallowed by my spam filter. I rarely look at the spam bin; there’s a lot of it, and if something gets mis-filed then I’ve decided so be it. I have better things to do than wade through thousands of rip-off ads and scams. Sorry if I’m dropping diamonds on the floor, but if your deathless prose needs air, you can put it up in some other forum.
I’ll be blunt: This is my forum. It’s my ball and I am accountable to no one. Some people have actually phoned me up and complained, or asked for retractions or more credit. I do not give a damn about equal time for everyone. I will do as I like here, and if you don’t like that your options are limited.
Another point of clarity: Comments must be approved by me. I don’t approve comments that are off-color, or that I feel are not in the correct spirit, or that I just plain don’t like. In other words I exercise ruthless and total editorial control. I generally try to be nice and let even jerks through, but I’m not required to.
About a quarter of the things I wrote below are made up (but I wish were true). The remainder are things that I have done, or that I have seen people do. Since this is my ball game, I’m not going to identify which are which, simply because I like it that way.
Finally, scoring “fun points” with my readers is not high on my list of priorities (frankly, thinking I have a responsibility to an audience is a pain in the ass). If you like what I write, then have fun. If you don’t, there’s a whole internet full of other, better writers, and I invite you to spend time enjoying what they write.
On the other hand, “I liked that post” versus “You suck, you liar” is running in the low-hundreds-to-one, which I think speaks for itself.