Paul Ryan Fourteeners Thread Deleted! Why?

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Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 5, 2012 - 04:51pm PT
I noticed this too when I was looking for the old thread on Friday, but thought it a coincidence, and it may well be.

But speculation is all we have if Chris won't let us know what really happened.
Sparky

Trad climber
vagabond movin on
Nov 5, 2012 - 04:59pm PT
Never know...Newsmax Media, Inc. may have a lot of cash to dump as the election is tomorrow. They could have presented Chris with a bunch of $$ for advertising -- provided they get rid of the most publicized thread that recently brought people to the Taco.

http://w3.newsmax.com/a/nov12/?promo_code=10742-1
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 5, 2012 - 06:31pm PT
Just curious

but has anyone ever seen pRyan and cMac on the top of Nt. Sneffles at the same time?


philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Nov 6, 2012 - 12:09pm PT
Bump for the truth. Or at least an explanation.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
SLO, Ca
Nov 6, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
Here is my guess: the owner of this site has repeatedly requested that the political bullshite be kept to a minimum. A supertopo thread gets outed in some political article about Ryan, no doubt dragging more non-climbing, ill informed blowhards to this site. Deletion might cut some of them off at the pass.

Silver

Ice climber
Nov 6, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
It was Kovar he did it he made them take it down with his ranting and what not. F*#king Kovar!
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Nov 6, 2012 - 02:32pm PT
This makes the forum smell of dead fish and CMac look bad around the world.

it will be on CNN tonite no doubt. they will forgo erection reporting to report on "Days of Supertopo Lives"...
ncrockclimber

climber
The Desert Oven
Nov 6, 2012 - 03:53pm PT
I think Lois (aka The LEB-Thing) had something to do with it!
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Nov 6, 2012 - 04:07pm PT
LEB, Rokjox, Skipt, Crowley under fattrad's leadership pulled the plug....
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 6, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
Is Ryan gone yet?
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Nov 6, 2012 - 07:02pm PT
Ooooh CockEye you stopped ass raping yourself with an oversized oosik long enough to crawl out from behind the woodwork and spew santorum again. You are a cowardly anonymous trollboi. Your parents must be so proud.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 8, 2012 - 10:53pm PT
Ryan is gone, what happened to the thread?

Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Nov 8, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
Ooooh CockEye you stopped ass raping yourself with an oversized oosik long enough to crawl out from behind the woodwork and spew santorum again. You are a cowardly anonymous trollboi. Your parents must be so proud.

philo,

you are a pussy. but thats ok. we legalized gay marriage in my state and 420, it might make you feel better to get high and get married at the same time.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 8, 2012 - 11:07pm PT
stay on topic

if Ryan is getting married, it's his own damn business

just as long as he doesn't do it in Colorado

Malemute

Ice climber
the ghost
Nov 8, 2012 - 11:46pm PT
who's Paul Ryan?
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 8, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
^Do you ask the Beatles that?

Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 9, 2012 - 12:01am PT
Non Sequitar
Non Sequitar
Credit: Fritz
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Nov 9, 2012 - 10:10am PT
OK Fritz, I will behave now. I was just trying to get banned.

Banning is better than unexplained censorship.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Nov 9, 2012 - 10:18am PT
Well, I hope you're all happy. All this talk of what a lying bitch Ryan was focused attention on the facts and cost him and Romney the election. Proceed to 4 more years of hope and change round 2. Ding ding ding.



This poster, for example, is already fading....time to move on and get the topic back where it belongs. Sarah Palin. ...not.

Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
The remaining issue is why Chris McNamara, the owner of Supertopo, saw fit to delete the thread in the weeks before the election. It is likely that the deleted thread brought more attention to Supertopo outside of the climbing community than any other thread in its history. A thread that might have been viewed for years to come, especially if Ryan runs for President in four years, is now gone. So it is very curious as to why this happened. Since Chris has chosen not to explain himself, we can only speculate.

There are a couple possibilities that have been suggested:

1) He was threatened by GOP operatives . If Chris caved to this pressure, he was not getting good legal advice. The First Amendment would certainly protect him against any liability arising from a Ryan supporter's lawsuit, there would be hordes of volunteer climbing lawyers lined up to defend him pro bono if that happened, and public exposure of the litigation threat would certainly make them back down. Has anyone ever heard of any candidate for national office bringing such a suit? It just doesn't happen. So, I have ruled this out.

2 )He received a financial incentive to delete the thread from some republican funding source. That is too mercenary for me to believe. I have ruled this out too.

3) A poster to the thread was offended by a personal remark in it and asked it to be deleted. This is more likely since a libel suit by a non-public figure can be a real threat to a forum like this. This seems the most likely explanation to me, but I don't remember anything particularly scandalous said about anyone on that thread. Sure, there were the occasional "inanely combative" comments, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Chris can do what he wants with his site and can delete any thread. But Supertopo promotes it's discussion forum as a "community." It certainly detracts from any sense of "community" when a unique political/climbing thread disappears and no explanation is offered.

It also displays a disturbing arrogance by the owner of this site to simply ignore this subject. I have written Chris privately, and asked him publicly for an explanation. But nothing.

The way this has been handled by ST is surprising and just not "good blokery", as a Brit might put it.
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