I’m quite a tolerant guy. Really, I know, it’s hard to believe. There is one thing you can do to anger me on social networks, and that’s deleting my comments. Yes, I know it’s your thread and you are master and commander of it. It’s still not okay. Sure, I make tasteless jokes, but you knew that since you friended me. I also make thoughtful contributions. Deleting either one is simply disrespectful.
I took the time to write something in your thread, to make people laugh or to make people think. You delete that, you are directly disrespecting me.
So, my unwritten and, up until now, never published directive is: “You delete my comment, you get removed from my view”. There is no trial, there is no discussion. It’s what happens. Do note this is not me censoring you: It is protecting you from me. You clearly can’t handle my comments, so I won’t bother making them and, given I don’t see you, I won’t be tempted to contribute to your threads. Your freedom of expression remains, I just chose to ignore your expression. You did not grant me the same courtesy.
To achieve this technically, I do not use the “block” functionality. Instead, I add that person to the “restricted” list and then “unfollow” them. (Technically, I could use the “acquaintances” list for this, instead of unfollowing) It’s as good as blocking, but without the person noticing. From their point of view, everything is as before, just it isn’t.
That’s it. Now you know. I know many of you won’t agree with this policy, but I won’t delete your comment if you say so.