Wondering what was happening, I contacted the TA on Sunday and was told an answer would be forthcoming. Today, Wednesday afternoon, February 5th, I received the answer.
I can't quote this message, as the message was personal and I don't have authorization, but the response was both confusing and, frankly, nonsensical. On one hand, I was informed, the TA member's post and its follow-up commentary were removed because the TA "Communications Team" wanted everyone to focus on this:
And on the other hand, the TA moderators (the "Communications Team," as they were called in the message) are trying to group together comments on a particular topic, and that post became victim of a plan to assemble posts concerning the management office today.
I have no idea which individuals comprise the "TA Communications Team" (the TA seems to be adopting CWCapital's secrecy levels) but the hall monitor quality of deleting posts/merging posts/etc has been particularly acute these recent days, as if some member of the "Communications Team" has been left alone to his or her own devices, and, crazed, has run rampant with newly found power. I think it's a terrible and insulting way to run a Facebook page, overly authoritarian and contrary to the easy-going and friendly exchange of commentary on topics of interest and value to tenants. I can understand bouncing out comments that have nothing to do with the subject at hand or which are insulting or noxious, but the post that was deleted just contained vital new information that was surely of interest to residents and members of the TA.
Worse, a replacement "authorized" post turns up a today, four days later, offering up, almost as a scoop, a similar photo to the one that was deleted on Saturday, and manufacturing an impression that the TA and Dan Garodnick are at the forefront of those concerned about the new management office and determined to find out just what the hell is happening. What took them so long? And why are they giving the impression that they've been awake the entire time, rather than asleep, disinterested or just plain unsure of what action to take?
At this point, considering the evidence before me, I can only come to the conclusion that the elimination of the link to the Stuy Town Report page was a purposeful negation directed provocatively at this blog by a member of the "TA Communications Team" left in charge over the weekend, and that the leader of this team has tried to cover this up upon his return by reposting in one thread the comments deleted, but not, of course, the original post that provided a link to the blog.
I have generally supported the TA and have countered on occasion its critics in the comment section or by not passing through the most outrageous comments directed at the TA that I have come across. (And there have been a bunch.) My position regarding the TA has been changing recently, however, and the current rationale for the deletion of posts there confirms that my still evolving views are the correct course. Yes, the TA can be useful, but it is to be considered only an auxiliary in the fight for affordable housing and an imperfect, even flawed fighter at that. I still support it to a limited, expiring extent, but not anymore with dues, however. Sorry. I'm not going to pay for the privilege of getting disappointed. As of today, I am not a member of the TA.
We, the tenants, have the right and responsibility to go after tenant matters that concern us without the reliance on the TA or our elected officials. My one regret is that I cannot attend to this 100% or even 50% or 25% due to time constraints. What I will try to do in the coming weeks is offer up proactive guides, so that we, as individuals, can seek our own recourse, our own sense of fairness and justice.