Two conversations with the Thanet Gazette yesterday. I really wonder if they grasp what a weblog actually is? Only vaguely, from the sound of it. Anyway, it appears that there's been a little malicious stirring from one of our readers over a comment thread last week; the one involving an Indian restuarant.
You'll recall that I took the thread down as soon as I was made aware of it and even went so far as to telephone the owner of the restaurant to express my regrets for their appearance here. However, the original content had been captured, printed and sent to our local paper. Evidence of, well, I don't know quite what, as I explained to the editor of the Gazette, as my only involvement was to remove the offensive comments and to write another entry ('Play by the Rules') asking readers to remember the acceptable use policy of this weblog!
Given the many personal attacks you can find elsewhere, it does rather beg the question as to whether the author of the original comments might be the same "outraged of Thanet" who has complained to the local paper. I will be most interested to see if they bother to print this very definition of a non-story.
Alternatively of course, I can turn comment moderation back on again and read every single entry before it's posted here. The result, I'm sure will be even more outraged readers. What do you think?