Yesterday at one stressful point in the day I got really irritated at a whole groups of new commenters and deleted a batch of comments, which I rarely do. I didn’t even think it through – I just felt so annoyed I clicked the boxes and hit the delete button. The main offense was the personal stuff, seeking to ridicule others and be a smart-ass. I apologize if I hit “delete” too quickly, and request that you tone down the personal rhetoric when addressing one another, and me. Thanks for commenting.

The Discussion: 10 Comments

I am only surprised that you have been so tolerant.

December 18, 2007 @ 3:15 pm | Comment

You don’t know how tempting it is sometimes…. Still, I’m sorry I was so heavy-handed yesterday, when the site saw a rash of really nasty comments and for the first time ever I just zapped an entire block, I was so fed up. I like a lot of participation, but sometimes the ad hominems are just too much.

December 18, 2007 @ 4:03 pm | Comment

I agree with Jack. This is your party, you are paying for it and you don’t have to justify yourself. you make it very clear where you draw the line so they can’t complain. delete away!

December 18, 2007 @ 4:39 pm | Comment

Exactly what Jack and Si said. And keep up the good work! In spite of all the other good China blogs, the Peking Duck still is my favorite.

December 18, 2007 @ 6:37 pm | Comment

Haha. Way to go, Richard. Let your inner pimp-slapper come out to play.

December 19, 2007 @ 2:47 am | Comment

Sorry — I didn’t realize that when I called you a “puppy-hating neo-Nazi” it would hit so close to home.

December 19, 2007 @ 2:27 pm | Comment

I’ve been called worse.

December 19, 2007 @ 2:42 pm | Comment


the 88s’ blog seems to have been shut – i think it is a great shame as the post may have been more and more irregular but were always very thoughtful and well written

December 19, 2007 @ 5:19 pm | Comment

Are we sure it’s closed, or just blocked? I know it’s been hard-blocked for a long time. It would be too bad if it’s gone for good. I always enjoyed it.

December 19, 2007 @ 5:31 pm | Comment

I’m not in China and there is a message saying it is not there and has probably been recently deleted.


December 19, 2007 @ 8:43 pm | Comment

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