Is subststantial editing of posts after a reply has been received ethical?
Hartzell posted on ROC nationality and reciprocity and concluded with:
“Note: Serious comments and analysis of this topic are appreciated. Wise-cracks, heckling, and other unconstructive commentary are not welcome, and will be removed”
Lu Hao-tung replied in a way which could be construed as “heckling.” But he did ask, in a somewhat convuluted way, why foreiners should expect recipocity from the law in Taiwan (perhaps off the point, perhaps better posted in a separate thread). His post concluded with:
“Since I don’t agree with you, I suppose this makes this an “unconstructive post”, though.”
In reply Hexuan posted:
“No it just makes you an idiot.” (entire original post quoted)
Though I agree with Hexuan’s sentiments it seems that his post is a prime example of heckling and has nothing constructive in it. As a personal insult it also seems to invite an insult back. After Lu Hao-tung replied Hexuan then edited his post to include his reasoning on why Lu Hao-tung is an “idiot.”
What’s the idea? Just insult someone and hope they flame back so when (after you have have edited your post) others reading the thread will get the impression that the second party is just firing of insults with no reasoning or justification.