I have noticed a trend which seems to have accelerated recently in which the publisher of Paloaltoonline has edited not only for violations of terms of service but for viewpoint and content. Some of the edits are completely inscrutable. Others are clearly viewpoint-driven. Others say that they are for "multiple names" but the posters have posted back that it was incorrect.
My priors: paloaltoonline is providing what many in the community believe is a valuable resource. Others believe that the anonymity of the forum is a problem. The publisher believes that the anonymity is essential to participation in a small town on sensitive topics, particularly the schools where the fear of retaliation against one's children is palpable. He attempts to mediate between these views by editing comments for the worst excesses of anonymous internet postings.
The rise of excessive editing has made many debates impossible to engage in or follow.
Why is Town Square So Out of Sync With Dominant Free Speech Norms of the Internet; or, is this Forum Not a Forum Anymore Due to Heavy-Handed Editing of Posts
Original post made by village idiot, Adobe-Meadows, on Sep 9, 2013