This may get me in trouble, but I must speak out. There
were two was one thread s of discussion, one over 200 posts & the other at least ten, that have disappeared overnight, and I want to know who wiped them it out & what the justification was.
The larger one had a nasty exchange between one of the site admins and Saints fans in which there were eventually many, many posts (by DN Viking regulars as well as Saints visitors) that expressed the opinion that Gonzo had gone too far, posts which were getting up to 20 recs apiece. Based upon what I read in posts there before they were wiped out, there were also a flurry of bans from DN issued in a very short time.
EDIT: the second thread I talk about below reappeared sometime during the minutes I spent writing this post. Huh
The second thread (a fanpost) was from someone complaining about how slow the DN main page had been to load the last few weeks, the OP claimed it was around 60 seconds every time (for me it had not been quite so bad, 20-30 seconds, but still intolerable). There were maybe a dozen people replying to concur about the problem at the point I went to bed, and a number of recs for the fanpost had already "stickied" it to the top of the main page. There was absolutely nothing offensive or inflammatory in that fanpost or any of the replies that I saw, only politely worried statements of frustration. The only reason I can think of that it may have been purged was because I posted a workaround to solve the problem for firefox users, using a plugin to disable a very poorly performing script from running on the page. I'm conscious that the script I isolated to be the problem may be part of the backbone bringing advertising to this site, and I understand that the administrators might not want too many people doing what I've done, but ... on the other hand, they should not expect contributors to have to endure up to 60 second refreshes every time they go to the main page just so they can get their penny per refresh in the site's coffers. Furthermore, as people pointed out, DN was the only SBN site that seemed to have the issue, all others were loading fine, so it is not an SBNation issue, but a DN issue (perhaps it is because they all are running scripts sourcing from less than half the domains that DN does, and none of them appeared to be using the especially poorly perfoming domain script).
Perhaps there were other things purged too, but these were the two I immediately noticed, and they together comprised perhaps more than 250 comments that many of us here put time and thought into creating.
In summary, I am troubled by these developments, and I would like to politely - but firmly - request an explanation of what happened, and some kind of assurance that it won't continue to happen unless there is good reason, and that reason is a violation of some posted, clear statement of rules of conduct.