Complaints today that dozens of messages have been zapped from NJ.com’s Bloomfield Forum. Here’s a bit from one message, which was not zapped.
In Bloomfield, we regulars have a lively debate about any number of issues — from goose feces on our middle school fields all the way to the national election. We live only a tunnel ride away from where the Twin Towers once stood. We live only 5 miles from the Pru building in Newark — one of the most recent terror targets. Our neighbors and relatives are serving in Iraq. We have lawn signs and will write letters to the editor, supporting one or the other prez candidate. The national election and national issues are entirely relevant to Bloomfield, but the posts keep getting pulled.
NJ.com’s Bloomfield Forum is intended for the discussion of local issues in Bloomfield. Based on your description of the posts, it seems clear that they were off-topic for the forum in which they were posted; we remove off-topic posts to keep forums more useful for their intended purpose.
Meanwhile, the ubiquitous Alison Meyer, who routinely posts four- and five-part missives about Board of Ed meetings on NJ.com’s Bloomfield Forum, reminds that she has her own forum too, and she says she won’t delete anything unless it’s “racist, profane, threatening, or an advertisement.” A new thread in her forum is titled, “You Can Talk Politics Here.”
Bloomfield Forum on NJ.com seems to have a cybernanny who is deleting posts like a house on fire. Voltaire said “I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.” There ya go.
UPDATE: The folks at NJ.com have asked us to point out that all those conversations are welcome at other forums such as this one and this one. For a list of all NJ.com forums (includes ones about the Yankees, the Sopranos and the Boss), go here.