The other day the hardworking staff posted a comment on a BBC.com story about Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. For a value-added element, the comment included a link to our own contribution to the SOTU chin-stroking, Dead Blogging The State Of The Union Address.
The comment went up, and all was right with the world.
Until today, when the hardcommenting staff received this:
Dear BBC blog contributor,
Thank you for contributing to a BBC blog. Unfortunately we’ve had to remove your comment below.
Comments on the BBC blogs may be removed if they contain advertising or promotion. For more information, please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/moderation.shtml#a
Please note that anyone who seriously or repeatedly breaks the House Rules may have action taken against their account.
Please do not reply to this email. For information on appeals visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/moderation.shtml
BBC Central Communities team
Ooooh . . . the Central Communities Team. Sounds downright Orwellian.
Not to mention, including a link to a blog is “advertising or promotion”?
Geez – those Brits are strict.
Of course, given the Texas chainsaw cuts the BBC is making right now, you wouldn’t think they’d have time to give me the axe.
But they did.
So now I have to decide: Do I do the same thing with this post that got the other one bounced – that is, link to it in a comment?
This requires some thought, so I’ll get back to you.
Meanwhile . . .
Free the Campaign Outsider One!