So I got an email a minute ago from Alexis Madrigal, accusing me of deleting a comment he put up. I never, ever do this. Ever. You can ask anybody who has read my blog for a long time. And there's been some vicious shit written about me in the comments here.
So I dove into the post in question and his comment was there. I'm assuming he was just looking at the wrong post, as there were two that were about him back to back. Here's the comments that were there (click to embiggen):
That's what I saw.
Now, since I take this kind of accusation very seriously-- because I'm a big boy, I like to fight, and I believe really strongly in linking to criticism of me-- I went into the comments interface after I emailed him back and tried to monkey with a few things to make sure that he didn't have any comments in the spam folder. In the process, I just deleted the top 50 comments in the folder-- which included his comment, and a bunch of other real comments, and now I can't get them back. Which, I admit, does not look good. I will say that the comments deleted included a couple of other ones that were in fact critical of Madrigal. Luckily I took the screen cap of his, so here it is. But the ones on the post before it, and any others written in the last day or two, are gone.
So, yeah. I didn't delete his comment in the first place, but now I've accidentally deleted it in making sure that I didn't exclude anybody's comments, and on Blogger there's no way to fix it. I have a pretty absolute policy with this stuff: unless it's spam or out-and-out bigotry-- there's an anti-Semitic troll who has been popping up who has been a pain in the ass-- I don't delete anything. And I usually link to criticism of me. In conclusion, I don't know how to use the interface of the blogging platform I use.
Update: Madrigal reports that he actually left 2 comments. It's very weird that one of his was lost, and I am sorry for it, and for the commenters who have lost a couple now.