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

I agree with you, which is why I have only rarely deleted my comments, an act I hope falls short of grand-scale historical revisionism. But as someone who has felt displeasure looking at his comment history from time to time, I took some offence at the suggestion that it might be for reasons relating to popular opinion or the current narrative. You seemed to take a narrow view of comment deletion.