One of the principles of Indymedia is that posts the editors think are not conducive to the goals of Indymedia are not removed but hidden, placed in a sort of purgatorial limbo — not deleted, but not immediately visible to the general readership. This limbo is designed to prevent, in principle, the possibility that Indymedia editors can become censors or gatekeepers, since they are not empowered to actually remove any posts.
Unfortunately, Indymedia UK does not make it easy to see comments that have been limbo’d. For most readers, the comments might as well have been deleted, because it’s not common knowledge how to see the hidden posts. Many IMC sites have a link on their front page leading to a list of hidden stories; to reach a corresponding page on Indymedia UK one needs to know an unpublicised URL.That URL is http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/viewallposts
To see the hidden comments associated with any post — comments one otherwise would have no indication had existed and then been moved to limbo, it is necessary to add “?c=all” to the URL.For example, suppose that clicking on a link on the Indymedia UK front page took you to this location: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/12/387175.html. The story is there, but there is no indication that the story has created anything but agreement and support from the readership.
If, however, “?c=all” is added to the end of the URL, giving http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/12/387175.html?c=all, a much different story emerges. This is only one recent example of Indymedia UK hiding comments it finds awkward; you’ll have no difficulty finding many, many more.