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censorship

By john.a.wills ·
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A few days ago I posted a General-Discussion item about changes in psychological practice in my lifetime. It is not to be found, so I suppose it has been censored. Can I know why? It contained no advertisements, profanity or personal attacks, so I suppose it was in some way offensive; to whom and how?
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If I were to guess.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to censorship

I see it but do see something that could be offensive to some.

-> You may want to find a forum that covers such topics?

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rproffitt's response

by john.a.wills In reply to censorship

..includes a suggestion that I find another forum, but this is the water cooler, where I and many others have discussed many very varied topics (things have been fairly quiet for a while - perhaps the censors have been nipping interesting subjects in the bud). Perhaps some psychologists might be offended, but we are informaticians here; or possibly some republicans might be offended at the reference to Coronation Year, but I am sure that TechRepublic, despite its title, is not an abode of bigoted anti-monarchists.

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Sorry that you feel differently....

by birdmantd Moderator In reply to rproffitt's response

This site has forum moderators and freedom of speech is not guaranteed by the the 1st amendment here. Users/Members of this forum are free to post whatever they choose. However, moderators have the ultimate authority on what is or is not allowed for whatever reason at any time.

This is stated in the Terms and conditions/forum rules. There is no monthly membership fee to belong or post to this site. Please review the forum rules: https://www.techrepublic.com/forums/guidelines/ if you have any questions.

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birdmantd misunderstands me

by john.a.wills In reply to censorship

I am not denying TR's right to exclude my post. Some months ago I declined the offer of a Moderator position with TR due to my overloaded daily agenda. Facebook is probably going to be challenged in the courts for censorship, but TR is a comparatively small and "private" forum, so its Moderators can presumably act more arbitrarily than some people think Facebook ones legally can. But I am curious as to the "something" that rproffitt saw. Has the Moderator who excluded the post spoken yet? If he or she doesn't want to offend by quoting in public what I said about the contrasting experience of myself and my nephew, perhaps I can be sent an email. All that I said (which wasn't much) is true.

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Sorry if I misunderstood....

by birdmantd Moderator In reply to birdmantd misunderstands ...

....your post. From your latest comment, you clearly understand my point. I did not delete the other thread that you referred to. It is possible that the automated thread monitor could have deleted your prior post but I can only speculate. I wish you no ill will.

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Following Guideline

by Old Molases In reply to censorship

They might not be according to the standards set for the platform. This is why they are censored.

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Yes, Old Molases, but...

by john.a.wills In reply to censorship

which guideline was I not following? That is what I would like to know. Rproffitt, who as Moderator has seen my submission, suggests that some thing in it might have been offensive to some, but to whom? To a group of which I myself used to be a member but due to some kind of reprogramming long ago no longer am? To those of another group no longer catered to? I wish the Moderator who made my submission disappear would give some idea.

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Re: censorship

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to Yes, Old Molases, but...

That moderator was me, I'm afraid. Your post here was a few days later. But the forum software doesn't allow for easy retrieval of old posts, so I didn't take the trouble to try and find it again to have a closer look.

I do remember I was in doubt, but found the subject too off-topic for our site, and maybe a little bit controversial, so I decided to delete it.
If you can make a new post with more or less the same content, I'll leave it to my fellow moderators to have an opinion.

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Well John, I think you really know which point

by wizard57m_cnet Moderator In reply to Yes, Old Molases, but...

was considered too controversial...it wasn't dyslexia! When the majority of medical and psychiatric organizations have the opinion that "therapies" that were attempted decades ago actually cause more harm, then a post espousing the use of those therapies might just not be appropriate.
Wiz (another moderator, long term)

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