I think this should be put out to the meta community. As everyone knows by now the SO blog, as well as others, experienced downtime because of a fault at the hosting provider. A lot of data was lost and had to be restored from non-traditional means. This is fine. Subsequently, a post was made on the SO Blog describing the failure and describing problems with the backup strategy as a whole.
Many users commented on the blog attempting to offer advice and so forth. Of course, this advice was met with complete and utter condescension, which, of course, is the right of the person being condescending. This was even directed at Joel when he provided simple common sense industry best practices for backup.
Essentially, Jeff's argument here was that having a disaster recovery plan was as foolish as planning for a lunar attack. All right, so at this point some decided just to chime and basically say "Hey, everyone makes mistakes but maybe there's some smart people here that are offering advice and maybe just listening is the best tactic."
So, basically I've noticed a few of these posts completely deleted with no mention or anything. I noticed then when I came back to the blog and noticed some good posts from other users were missing and then my last post was as well. These posts had no offensive language, did not rudely call anyone out (i.e. "you're a loser") or anything like that. These were just mild criticisms and my comments were essentially that everyone makes mistakes and we should just learn from what others have to say.
In fact, my original deleted comment was this:
Jeff, I really think you should just take a minute to listen to others. Honestly, if I had an employee that was partly or entirely responsible for losing a non-trivial amount of data and that employee's response included sarcastic jibber jabber about lunar attacks or any of this nonsense then he would be immediately terminated; it wouldn't matter if that employee was the lead developer or not.
It's not chocolates and strawberries but I think it's hardly worthy of deletion. It may seem like sour grapes but I think this is an important discussion for Meta since many of us have invested a lot of time in becoming members of the SO community. The SO blog and podcast is a part of that community.
It's just disrepectful to users and downright childish to have such a capricious attitude toward censorship. As well, to delete comments as if they never existed seems to suggest one is just attempting to hide the fact that censorship is occuring (there could be simply a "this post was deleted because I felt like it").
Also, there's no stated policy that no criticism is allowed on SO. It seems that it should be completely open that censorship is the bread and butter of the SO blog or it should not be going on at all.
What does Meta have to say?