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[–] Tipman79 2 points 4 points (+6|-2) ago 

I've never understood the rationale behind deleting your comments. It's like someone only stands by there convictions if people approve. I spent 2 years on the other site and never deleted a single comment. And I made some phenomenally stupid comments while drinking etc.. but I didn't go back and delete them. I acknowledge what I said and if I was wrong, so be it. The attitude of deleting everything that doesn't fit with the current narrative or popular opinion is the very heart of the problems at the other site.

No offense to anyone, but if you're bothered enough by a previous comment to go back and delete it, maybe you should spend more time considering what to say in the first place.

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[–] pitapityparty 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

What if it's something you no longer stand by? That doesn't necessarily have anything to do with popular opinion, just personal evolution. I've spent a lot of time mulling over what to write, only to regret it months or years later. I guess, even given that, you could still make a case for keeping your old comments, but the way you've characterized comment deletion doesn't show the whole picture.

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[–] Tipman79 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago  (edited ago)

What if it's something you no longer stand by?

Then having gone through that evolution of self, it's not only a record of how you got to who you are, it's a record of how you previously felt. If it's morally acceptable to go back and delete records of what you've previously stated, then it should be ok for politicians to do the same right? What if in 10 years time Donald Trump changes his opinion on Mexicans? Would it be ok for news outlets and the like to delete the records of his previously held beliefs?

Yeah I know, that's a fairly extreme example, but the idea of changing a record of what you've said because you don't believe it anymore is an idea that's inherenty vulnerable to abuse.

Edit: A word.

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[–] jaceame [S] 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

It's nothing political, or opinionated, just dislike clutter and the jokes hold no value the day after the page was made as no one goes there. It's not regret it is just pointless to keep around after a certain point.

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[–] Tipman79 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

it is just pointless to keep around after a certain point.

Again, I don't understand. What is it cluttering up? If you're deleting it, what was the point of posting it in the first place? I mean, you're taking the time to go and delete it, there must be a reason?

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[–] InnocentBystander 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I very much agree with you but there is one valid reason for it that I have heard. To protect your identity. After posting for a few years it is amazing what someone can learn about you, even if you think you have not included identifying information.

Still, I wish they didn't.

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[–] MrPim 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'd like an option to make comment history private. It would make it a little harder for people to go thru your history and look for that info.