the editing comments conundrum


Believe it not, I only found out what ‘trolling’ is yesterday. I’m new to this world of blogging and have clearly been technologically out of touch for some time.  So I’ve been fascinated to find blogs by trolls and read about Poe’s Law.  I’m even more interested reading the comments they elicit.  But that’s another story.

In my (blogging) youthful naivety, there’s something that bothers me.  Why is there an option to edit comments that are posted?  Why would I want to change what someone says?  There’s an option to reject comments, for those who don’t want their artful space sullied with distasteful or poorly conceived ideas.  But I imagine that the majority of bloggers are throwing their thoughts out into space to hear other opinions, to explore what the rest of humanity has to say about it (whatever ‘it’ may be).

Is it not an infringement on free speech in a public place for words in your name to be altered?  As I’ve already said, people can disable or delete comments if they don’t want them. But editing … that’s a different matter.  Can anyone enlighten me??