The Last Twenty Comments were Accidentally Deleted

If you are looking for your posted comment and cannot find it, it may be due to my clutziness. The last twenty comments were accidentally deleted. We may try to copy some of them back in as time allows. If you have the text of your comment saved and want to simply re-enter it that would be appreciated.

Pastor Rossow

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


The Last Twenty Comments were Accidentally Deleted — 3 Comments

  1. If you are one who had their comment accidently deleted and want to re-post your comment, please email me and I may be able to locate your comment. Just click on “Contact Us” under “leave a comment” on any page on the site.

    Norm Fisher
    BJS Technical Director

  2. This is as interesting as the LCMS having no letters to the editors.

    One could build the case that it is the same phenomenon in play.


  3. Tim — I just wanted to refute your implication in comment 2 above.

    There is a difference between operator error on a computer v.s. purposefully deciding not to publish comments. We at BJS have a very open comment policy — we allow most comments that aren’t defamation or spam.

    The 20 deleted comments were “operator error” in a system that I think has a user-interface bug in it. What Pastor Rossow did was identify a SPAM comment (one that provided a link, which if clicked, would attempt to infect your computer with a virus). He checked the box which he THOUGHT was to the left of the comment, then went up to the top of the page and clicked on the “Delete Comments” button.

    Unfortunately, instead of clicking on the checkbox for the one comment, his eyes slid upwards and he clicked on the little checkbox that is for marking ALL comments on the current page. This checkbox looked EXACTLY the same as the checkboxes to the left of the 20 comments, and he didn’t notice that all 20 checkboxes (of which he could probably see only 1 or 2) had been checked. If I designed the software I would make the checkbox be a button instead of a checkbox, so the user would see it looked different than the object he was targetting.

    He was aghast when he read “20 comments deleted” after he clicked “Delete Comments” and immediately contacted me to try to see if there was some way to reverse what he had just done. He wrote a note to the list, publicly stating what happened and asking people to repost their comments if they had them.

    I then spent the next 3-4 hours digging through my email and logs, attempting to find the deleted comments, and I think I got 12-15 of them re-posted. (We receive an email whenever anything is posted on the site)

    What happened here in the note you commented on had absolutely nothing to do with any decision like the Reporter seems to have made to simply ignore comments, and I’d like you to apologize for implying that the two were in some way related.

    Norm Fisher
    BJS Technical Director

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