Thinking Out Loud

May 12, 2016

Unless Deleted, Internet Content Lives Forever

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:27 am


If you read it here, it’s still here. The archives for this blog are never deleted. If I made a prediction and it didn’t happen, I don’t see the necessity of scrubbing the blog of anything that might reflect badly on me, and frankly, it drives me nuts when I go back to something linked here only to discover the author, for whatever reason, left their blog or website intact, but took that particular item down.

But yesterday, I deleted a post that reflected badly on a particular Christian business. It was on one of my lesser known blogs (not here or C201) but it was essentially a rant about an individual who ripped me off and had then resurfaced under a different name.

Furthermore, the 2010 blog post was highly ranked in Google. People searching for information about that company saw what I had written, and that was essentially the point; I wanted to warn people off from dealing with them.

But then the business was sold.

I was aware of that in January, but got another comment about it yesterday and I realized that the blog post would always be a thorn in the side of the new owners unless I did something. Faced with the possibility of keeping the link but explaining the content wasn’t available, I took the unusual step of deleting the post entirely. (Yes, at this moment, Google is linking to something that isn’t there. Bet that’s never happened before in the history of the world!)

I Cor 13 (CEB) says

Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints

My originally written post was justified. I had tried many times to get the (then) owner to make the adjustments necessary that would have satisfied my sense of justice and also make me want to purchase more goods. But he wouldn’t bother doing that.

Presently however, it’s time to move on. The history of my dealings with the former owner — for which the new owner apologizes — has nothing to do with the company as it presently exists. While I hate having deleted something, I feel better today knowing it’s not there.

The new owner deserves a fresh start. This should apply equally to businesses which have reviews posted online. Many retail or service industry organizations are hurting because of reviews posted in anger or frustration over situations that may have changed over the years. Those reviews should have some time of term limit.

Comments made and articles posted on the internet live forever, and while recently there has been increased awareness of this as it concerns your own online reputation, it also is important when it comes to what you’ve written about others.

With great irony, all this occurred the same day as I posted something on the same blog about a different company with whom I have had a strained relationship for 16 years because of their attitude. Honestly, I hope someday to arrive at a point with them that I’ll be deleting that one; but I did not post it in haste; it was something I had been formulating for many months, and something that needed to be said.


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