I’m all about freedom of speech and I have never censored someone on any of my blog properties. I have, once, closed comments for a blog post but that was for a very particular purpose.
Some of the comments on our properties have been some of the most hurtful things I’ve ever heard of a person’s “digital” mouth and have hurt pretty badly. I honestly can’t even imagine what it would feel like to hear the exact same words spoken to my face.
And yet there have been some amazingly-encouraging words that have boosted our spirits and have reminded us humbly why we do what we do.
But on either case I have never censored and I have never deleted a blog comment. A week or so ago I was asked to delete one by the original commenter…
The commenter had written a comment that was exceptionally hurtful and nearly 2 years later has now regretted hitting the publish button.
This person, who has changed their opinion and perspective, asked me to delete a comment because it still draws traffic to their site; an obvious misrepresentation of who they are today and obviously something they don’t want to be actively linked to.
The thing is though that, from my perspective, the comment still stands as true as it was the day it was first published. It was true of that person’s character when they published it and the time-stamp is there to prove it.
Yes, they may have changed their opinion and God may have significantly matured them to see a different side of things but there’s a part of me that wants to preserve the original post, and the comments it created, to ensure historical accuracy and integrity of the post.
But the request is legitimate and there appears to be true contrition and regret.
What would you do? Is there a right Christian response to this?