I really hope it isn't 'I know a spam when I see one'.
The right-wingers are claiming they're being composted simply for being right-wingers.
I don't believe that. They may claim they're debating, but they've been just nasty, attacking authors rather than their arguments.
Of course they're getting away with it because this is a test, they know it, and they're attacking any place they find weakness.
I would like to know the criteria. How is it divorced from content? How do you tell a legitimate post that is right-wing from one that is spam? What makes a post legitimate, and what makes it spam, whether it looks left, right, or odd?
Some answers I would hope to see:
1. A post is recognized as unoriginal, without the origin cited. (Some accused Lamet Vali of this, but no one actually said "plagiarism".)
2. The author attacks other authors without debating their argument. More specifically, calls them names, or attacks them simply for perceiving them to be a part of a group. (cunt, unwashed hippies, censor the right-wingers)
Now, StevetheGreen outlined a pattern, perhaps that is used as a criteria. But that prompts me to ask, how can someone step out of that pattern? What if a "spammer" has just been an idiot, and needed to learn some manners, so they learn about creating a legitimate argument? Once sent to the compost bin, are they always sent?
I have learned from this site, learned about the possibility of disrupting agents, even Cointelpro. That too could turn out to be a name-calling. When would that become spam, someone accusing someone else of being cointelpro, of getting paid to do this, of being a freeper?
I, unlike some, have faith in the intentions of the editorial team. It seems to me this decision to create a compost bin was made reluctantly. It certainly will turn people away who come here and see aggressive attacks that muddy up the true news.
Any concern I do have about censorship would be dissolved if we could see some criteria, some answers to my questions. Perhaps some of those answers need to be solidified.