I had an interesting experience this morning in the comments to this post over at In the Agora. Basically Josh Claybourn made a couple of snide remarks accusing me of not having read the materials he had posted (including his post), and I ended up accusing him of making ad hominem attacks and said he'd lost a reader.
I probably overreacted, but his response was even more disturbing: he went back and 1) edited both of his remarks to make them sound more reasonable and 2) deleted the part of my comment where I said he'd lost a reader (there was, by the way, no profanity in the comment). Then, he responded to me again based on the revised correspondance. Note that the changes he made weren't noted in any way, despite the fact that my comments were largely responses to the portions he had deleted and/or massaged!
This is, needless to say, not the kind of openness one expects from a blog that fancies itself an agora. I find it discouraging, because I've always had a lot of respect for Josh and the kind of intelligent discussion he seemed to be promoting on his sites. But I sure as hell won't be reading or commenting at ITA anymore after this experience.