Lootman wrote:Gengulphus wrote:My underlying point being that "the right to be forgotten" is an informal, none-too-precise description of the rights defined in the legislation. If someone's posts have impressed me enough, I'll remember them no matter how much they try to insist on their 'right to be forgotten' - indeed, the more they try to insist on it, the longer my memory of them is likely to persist!
I think the idea of wanting all of your posts removed is not to eradicate the memory of you in the minds of the universe. That would be hard to achieve as a matter of biology. But rather to remove the documentary record of what you wrote.
It seems that we agree that "the right to be forgotten" isn't an accurate description, though it does have the merit of being reasonably concise. One that would be more accurate would be "the right to have unwanted documentary evidence about oneself destroyed (subject to various restrictions)", but I very much doubt that it would catch on, due to its lack of conciseness! And there is also the aspect that "destroying evidence" and "being forgotten" are liable to provoke different gut reactions in people, that might just have influenced proponents of the measure in choosing how to describe it... :-}
Lootman wrote:I notice from your profile that you have never thanked another Lemon. ...
Not quite - what you're able to notice from my profile is that I've never used the 'thanking' feature (often known inaccurately as 'reccing') of the TLF software, or even more precisely that I've never used it and not subsequently retracted my use (IIRC, I have actually inadvertently clicked the 'thumbs up" button once or twice, and corrected the mistake fairly shortly afterwards). Whether I've thanked other Lemons is a different question, the answer to which is that I have.
Lootman wrote:... Does that indicate that you being "impressed" with another's post is a rather rare and special event?
Taking that to be about what you are actually capable of having noticed, no, it doesn't indicate that I've never been impressed enough by another's post to want to take appropriate action - I have been, but not actually taken such action because the site doesn't provide any feature that allows me to take action I consider appropriate. (I wrote down my reasons for not considering the 'thanking' feature appropriate in the thread introducing it a bit over 18 months ago, most especially in this post. They haven't changed, and just to be clear, I'm only giving those links in case anyone wants to know what my reasons are. I won't discuss them (beyond that simple statement that they haven't changed) in this thread, as such discussion would go well off the thread's topic, and have no wish to start such a discussion in a new thread - but might respond if anyone starts a new thread on the feature and I feel I have anything I want to say about it.)