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Ed is an executive at one of the largest corporations in the world.
Peter is not an executive. He's a smart guy and he works for Microsoft, but its not the same.
When Ed makes a statement about a product, he is literally speaking for IBM. When Peter makes a statement, he's sharing his opinion.
I'm not discounting Peter's opinion. He's a smart guy and he's got a lot to say.
On Ed's blog, any lunatic with an axe to grind can post pretty much anything they want without moderation. At most, truly crazy or inappropriate comments could be removed for being overly offensive or dangerous - after the fact. Peter needs to regulate his blog's comments.
I wish that weren't the case. I'd have more respect for the discussion that goes on in a place where comments are unregulated.
* Added: June 17 @ 7:30am *
For the record -- Peter has published my comments -- unmodified, and reasonably quickly. This post isn't a complaint about censorship. I believe a policy of moderated comments has a real impact of the number and tone of comments a blog will get. People often don't post purely critical comments to a site that does moderation, and those that do post often change them in hopes they'll be accepted. Also for the record, I removed an empty comment on this site in this story that someone posted which said it was from Peter and simply said (content removed). I don't know who posted it, probably as a joke.
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