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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 03:30 PM
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124. Here's why removing posts from the front page or greatest page is censorship
Edited on Mon Nov-30-09 03:47 PM by Better Believe It

Here's why removing posts from the front page or greatest page is censorship

I thought this was obvious and didn't require an actual explanation.

When someones "votes" to remove a post from the front page or the "greatest" page what else can you call it, target marketing?

DU'ers who recommend a post for "the greatest" are not trying to exclude, censor or remove a post from any location on DU. DU'ers who don't agree with the "greatest" or "front page" post or who just don't like the poster, are free to criticize the post or even put the poster on ignore!

The unrecommend feature is a whole different kettle of fish. The difference between putting a post in a prominent location on a website and removing the post from that location should be very clear.

The unrecommend feature enables people to remove, bump down or even prevent posts from even appearing on the "greatest page" and the front "home page" with a simple click of the mouse!

The clear objective of such clicks is to reduce the number of views (hits) of posts that they don't agree with. Or some posters just don't like a particular poster so they remove it from a prominent location on DU! That's censorship, even if a few posters try to pretty it up by claiming it's a democratic form of exclusion, a "peoples censorhip"!

Again, the undemocratic consequence of the "unrecommend" feature is to reduce the number of DU'ers who notice and are likely to read the post. And that's why some political cliques and more conservative people love it! In the case of DU administrators, it looks like the "law of unintended consequences" has struck.

It's a simple as that.

The purpose of "the Greatest Page" was not to record "votes" in support of or in opposition to certain political views or posters some DU'ers don't like.

Democratic Underground clearly states: "The Greatest Page lists threads which have been nominated by the members of DU as the most noteworthy." It was not intended as a means of casting "votes" for or against including posts on the "greatest page" or the homepage (frontpage) on Democratic Underground.

In any case, if this "greatest page", "front page" removal mechanism remains in place, I hope that the information showing the total number of recommends and unrecommends for posts is displayed for all DU'ers to see, not just administrators/moderators.

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