I just deleted a comment linking to a site. The comment contained nothing pertaining to the post upon which it was posted, just “MUST SEE THIS SITE!! Really interesting this website…” and a link (which wasn’t formatted correctly). The site was called Jihad Unspun and contains such provocative stories as “REPORT: Mass Graves Of US Soldiers In Iraq” and “In Fallujah: Weekend Battles Raged; US Forces Pinned Down In The North”.
I treated this as spam initially since it fit the profile, but then decided that I would at least mention the incident to record the the fact that I had arbitrarily deleted it. Since the subject matter of the site in question is diametrically opposed to the main subjects covered on MO, I didn’t want to give even an appearance of “silencing” dissent on what I strive to make an open forum.
If you want to read the site, I’m sure you can find it. The comment was spam-like and I don’t really have much interest in hosting it, so it’s gone. I also won’t promise that similar incidents in the future will get the same treatment.