Emotional Intelligence post deleted, but why? August 10, 2007 2:40 PM   Subscribe

I'm curious why my carefully researched post about emotional intelligence -- the culmination of a three-month ordeal I suffered that I honestly think needed to be shared -- was deleted. Most of the links were articles that were no more than two weeks old, and there was a lot of activity in the comments. True, there was a previous post about the subject, but its main link was dead. Considering the trivial subjects of my other posts, I'm surprised that this one was taken down.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot to MetaFilter-Related at 2:40 PM (8 comments total)

It really seemed like a post that was suited to your own blog, not a big community blog. Mathowie and cortex and I all read it and were sort of not sure what the point of it was. It was flagged a bunch of times, which is what brought it to our attention originally, but we didn't see which part of it was "hey here's something interesting/neat I found on the web."
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:44 PM on August 10, 2007

"I honestly think needed to be shared" doesn't really equate with interesting stuff found on the web that make up normal posts here. It had a sort of personal blog feel, like a confession, and the links seemed to just be stuff that matched your experience.

Members here don't do a lot of first-person story type posts because it doesn't really scale with the community here.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:44 PM on August 10, 2007

Somehow, when I saw the deletion, I just knew the whining would soon follow.
posted by grouse at 2:44 PM on August 10, 2007 [2 favorites]

that I honestly think needed to be shared

That's what everyone thinks. Honestly.
posted by iconomy at 2:46 PM on August 10, 2007 [2 favorites]

As the deletion reason says, the post was kind of bizarre in it's bloggy "let me tell you about how I'm doing" presentation. Matt and Jess and I talked about it a bit because it seemed so dang strange, and came to the conclusion that it should be pulled.

There's nothing wrong with the topic, per se, but going about it as a links attached to a personal anecdote and exhortation is kind of at odds with normal metafilter posting conventions. A post generally shouldn't read like an entry in your blog, and we've removed things for similar reasons a few times in the past.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:47 PM on August 10, 2007

Ooh, trifecta!
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:48 PM on August 10, 2007 [2 favorites]

Grouse, no whining, just curious.

I'll phrase my future posts differently.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 2:49 PM on August 10, 2007

Rock and roll, CJP. For the record, this'd be the perfect sort of thing to take to email first—if we're deleting things, we're probably around for a prompt reply if you write asking for further explanation.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:56 PM on August 10, 2007

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