First of all, let’s establish what I mean by “god-modding.” Urbandictionary.com defines it as a method of cheating at gaming, but in my circle, it’s been used in another manner, and I cannot find a recognised definition for the context in which we use it. So, I guess mine is, to date, a niche definition, which means I will need to define it for you. So, let me cite The Ceej’s Awesome Dictionary:
God–mod /GOD mod’/ vi 1. To censor disagreement using technology 2. To delete comments that disagree with yours usu. because you moderate comments (Don’t leave a comment on her article. She’s known to ~) vt 1. To run a website where you have control over content in a manner which actively and knowingly removes content that opposes the view one is attempting to express. (That’s not a good blog. The owner tends to ~ it)
As long as I’ve been a resident of the internet, I’ve always had issues with god-modders. People who censor the opposing view have been around since the beginning of time, so it’s no surprise that god-modders have been around since the beginning of the internet. These days, what with everyone having their own free webspace, it’s become a more ubiquitous problem. It used to be, you needed a reason to have webspace, because otherwise, it wasn’t worth the resources.
Now, we all have to moderate our comments, even those of us with paid webspace such as myself, to a degree because of the sheer amount of spam out there. Actually, I take in an average of 120 spam comments a day (my all time high was a period not too long ago of 300 spam comments a day). Installing Askimet made the moderation much easier. It makes sense, of course, that one would delete or block spam comments from being posted. One who thinks he can use another’s webspace for his own personal advertisement is misguided. Other than that, deletion or blocking of comments is a huge grey area, and you better have a damn good justification for any you do delete or block.
In recent times, with your free blogs hosted by MySpace, Facebook, Blogger, WordPress, Twitter, etc., as well as your various other sites that allow third party comments, an unprecedented amount of people have been given the power to god-mod. And the owner of a website should have the power to god-mod. It’s his personal webspace. And he should be able to transfer that power to his tenants if he so desires. But, just because you have the power doesn’t mean you should use it.
Recently, I’ve had my comments deleted off several blogs. And, second and third comments accusing people of censorship have also been deleted. And why is that? Censorship is a tool that is only used by people who know they are wrong but are either attempting to convince themselves or the rest of society that they are right. If a person believes he is right, censorship is unnecessary because a rebuttal will challenge the disagreement.
So, if these people know they are wrong, why do they delete every comment that disagrees with them? Because they want you to think they are right and they think argumentum ad populum is sufficient evidence. I went through the last person’s blog, and found that every single comment that existed on the blog was either agreeing with, praising, or improving the feelings of the author. My comment was deleted because mine did not do any of these things. My later comments were deleted because I was forcing her to see the reality that she knew she was wrong. And this offended her and made her start lying to herself from scratch.
So, if you ever see a blog or internet video or forum where every comment agrees with the author, they’re probably god-modding. The higher the number of comments with this phenomenon still in tact, the higher the probability is that this is what they are doing. If you leave a comment, and it says, “awaiting for approval pending moderation,” it means they have an active god-mod service set up. If your comment never shows, and it wasn’t spam, or insulting but not constructive, or threatening, or too revealing of personal information, or any number of things that can reasonably used to justify not approving a comment, then they are god-modding.
There is absolutely no one that everyone agrees with. And the logic, “If you don’t agree with this, don’t leave a comment,” is flawed. If your ego is too inflated to be faced with someone who disagrees with you, then you don’t deserve to have your own space on the internet. And don’t say you’re entitled to your Facebook or Twitter or YouTube account. You’re not. The vast majority of people who have one of those don’t deserve it. So, if you’re going to go ahead and set up your Blogger or WordPress account, despite all that, then show some responsibility and respect for freedom of speech, and let people make comments that disagree with your point of view. If they are wrong, then rebut them, but don’t censor them because that only proves you wrong. Even if no one sees it, there are at least two people who know you’re wrong, and you’re one of them.
Oh, and I’m going to post a link to this editorial in those blogs that I referred to above, but those god-modders are going to delete it.