This is the first time in my six and a half year membership that I have ever received a warning from Gather. I was told that I could repost one of the articles without the offending comments, but I am not going to do that. It would obliterate the meaning and the continuity in several of the sub-threads, and I don’t think that’s fair to readers. It’s one of the reasons I don’t like comment deletion. I don’t do it to others’ comments and I certainly will not do it to my own. The other idea that was offered was to post only to friends. I won’t do that either. I could as easily create articles and send them to friends in my email list if that’s what I were looking for.
Flagging is the punishment meted only because murder is illegal. We had some vehement arguments in the past when we still had ratings. There were far fewer flags because they seemed to feel that as long as they got enough of their pals to get over to the post to give you the lowest rating possible, that was enough to satiate them. At that time I noticed that people who turned off their ratings so members could not rate their posts were the ones who got their posts flagged more often. Since I always kept mine on, that wasn’t a problem for me. Now that the ratings were abused in such a way and they are no longer an option, there’s nothing left to abuse but the flagging system. Unless someone has said something that is so egregious that it seriously threatens someone or divulges something about someone that has not been made common knowledge by that person and is an infringement of privacy, I think flaggers in general are reminiscent of childhood tattlers. I’ll poke you behind the teacher’s back, but when she turns around all she’ll see is you poking me. With the exception of one post in December, I didn’t post anything in January either. It’s becoming more difficult to post anything of a controversial nature here without retribution. So add me to the list of Offenders now. Perhaps there should be an Internet list of those of us who have been labeled OFFENDERS so you'll know if one has crept into your virtual neighborhood unaware.
The only other reason I wanted to post this is because I am grateful for all the support I had from those of you who commented and understood, for those of you who showed your appreciation with your comments and added valuable insight to the posts. So thank you for that. I apologize to that group who may have wished to still have access to the posts and no longer do.