…For the record, as to the Lists of Resources themselves, I reiterate that I had been removing/replacing the contents throughout the entire period from mid-February through end-April. No one complained and I seriously doubt that anyone even noticed. In the “final pass”, I removed them all and stored them on my computer (they’re still there). There were two reasons for my approach: (1) these files are very difficult to read and edit in the draft mode on the forum, and (2) owing to the tearing of the retinas in both my eyes, the repairs to which involved the “stapling” of the folds and tears back in place through hundreds of painful laser pulses, I have lost about 1/3 of my vision; it does not help that I have cataracts. Given that my reduced vision exacerbated the difficulties of attempting to revise the files directly in the LLORG in the Edit mode, I opted to remove them, enlarge them on my computer, edit them, and then replace them. It took an awful lot of juice to create these files and I had absolutely no intention of permanently deleting them.
… I wrote to you about having removed them the very day that I had been banned for one week, mentioning that their absence was an unfortunate side effect. I would assume that Rdearman, as the Administrator, could easily determine that my last edit to these files was BEFORE the ban, and not subsequent to it. As to my ability to delete these files subsequent to the lifting of the one week ban, when I attempted to log in to the LLORG following its scheduled lifting, I could not do so as the ban had been extended by an additional 30 days. So, how could have I deleted the lists of resources in the interim?…
Second, I understand this is a public forum run at no cost to members, and appreciate all the work the administrators and moderators do. However, in my view, that doesn’t take away the members’ right to fair treatment and expression of their views (of course, within set limits that are common to us all). I understand that I’m in no position to question the decision to ban Speakeasy, but as someone who had read the relevant thread before it was “cleaned”, the whole incident gives me the impression that some members are more equal than others.
Finally, I believe in each member’s right to delete their posts. If it is not the case, it should be clear and in writing, so that we can decide beforehand if we want to post or not.