It is now the law. Mods can write an article to outline a new rule, and the rule becomes law. Lately, this asinine policy has taken the final step towards destroying what little remains of the NewsVine that got me into using the internet.
Everyone is aware that you can be "blocked" from nations. I've blocked people for attacking members of my groups. I have no problem with blocking in general. I've been blocked from some groups, and I do not really give a damn. But when members of those groups decide to make nasty, disparaging, or lying comments about my articles, I feel it is necessary that I address the calumny. EVERY DAY I get "Activity in your discussions" notices for groups I've been blocked. Because people make comments about articles I have written (mostly, my weekly rants, but always), I get these notices. Mostly, these comments are ignored by me. But sometimes, they require my response. A few have been good comments, that deserve a reply. Most, sadly, are not. it has long been my policy to copy the comment (and usually, the commenter's name), paste them in one of my groups, and reply. This has led to several things- a few people have joined my group after their comment was treated this way, a few people have made it a point to post a copy of their comments to my group AND the group I am blocked in (I like this method) and a few have gone on tirades against me in the blocked groups. But in ALL these cases, I have responded to comments ABOUT MY OWN ARTICLES. I don't do this on articles other people wrote, unless a comment I wrote got me blocked AND a nasty comment, in which case I will point that out and respond.
Now, I have a Mod coming to my nation and telling me I can't respond and deleting my comment. I'm going to be as blunt here as I was there. I will not comply with this stupid rule. This rule gives a free shot to any asshole who wants to hide behind a block to make blatant lies about me or my work. The mods tell us "Don't copy/paste, just report it." Yeah, right! Why waste my time about that? I have reported dozens of comments. I have gotten one response. Just one. And every comment I reported is still up today. This is normal operating procedure for this site. And to be honest, except for having mods come in to MY nation and delete MY comments as violating a rule they haven't made any attempt to actually publicize other than writing a fucking article about it is likely to be the last straw. There is only one reason I even know about the article- someone commented to it from one of my nations, and I got that "Activity in one of your nations" notice. Otherwise, this deletion would be out of the blue.
I will admit and even stipulate that I have deliberately and with malice of forethought violated this asinine rule. I will NOT comply with it. It is my assumption that this rule will either be eliminated or I will be. So be it. But either way, until that time occurs, I will continue to respond to the lies others say about me, the CoH violations they do unto me, and the good things they say about me, that occur in nations from which I am blocked.
And that's all I have to say about that!