This is about another disturbing incident – when Triond deletes comments.
I do not like to dwell on the negative side of things but when things happen questions need to be asked and answers given. One thing is for sure is that we have to be constantly going back to articles that we, as writers have written. Tonight I realized than an article that I wrote on Webupon entitled “Is Triond an Israeli Site?” was missing all ten comments! I wrote the article so it was not a case of writers removing comments. How do I know that? Am I trusting my memory as to whether that article had comments or not? Well, apart from my memory serving me well I can say “Yahoo” for “Yahoo Cache.” When pages are deleted or altered on the internet Yahoo (and Google) have the information stored in their archives and they keep it there for a limited time. See What to Do If Your Articles are Deleted Accidentally or Unfairly. Google Cache did not help this time around so I tried Yahoo Cache and all ten comments were all there.
First, let us look at the page as it stands now. If you go to “Is Triond an Israeli Site?” you will see the following information:
Image via Webupon.com (16th June, 2012)
As you will have noticed it would appear that that article received no comments whatsoever.
Let us go now to the article as it appeared on June 11th, 2012 which was just five days before:
Image via archive.org
Notice that the second screenshot showing the article five days prior to June 16th, 2012 had ten comments of which I displayed the first two.
Now I did not delete these comments and they certainly were not in a position to delete them. So the source had to be higher than us writers. So the question has to be – “Was that a Triond glitch, a Webupon glitch or censorship?” I know that Webupon was revamped a bit recently as the usual “Ten Most Popular Articles” list on the right is no longer there. I checked most of the articles advertised on Webupon’s main page and strange enough I only saw one comment in a total of five articles. Is that an upgrade or downgrade? What is it that we are looking at exactly? Has this happened to anyone else?
UPDATE: See Big Changes on Webupon.
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