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Allen Weirs is an aspiring Tech writer attempting to pay the rent in San Francisco, some days better than others.

The crookedest little bloghouse in Silicon Valley just hit a new low, it appears: A negative story about Birchbox, a beauty-product site with which Pando and its editor, Sarah Lacy, shares investors, was deleted shortly after being published. Unfortunately for Pando and editor Sarah Lacy they love so dearly, this is the internet, and nothing ever disappears.

I asked Sarah Lacy why she deleted the post without notice—an uncommon practice for any editorial site—rather than updating or otherwise amending it. "We didn't think the story was ready and wanted to do some more work on it," she told me, denying mutual investors had anything to do with the deletion. Lacy also declined to name the reporter behind the pulled post, noting only that "this was a failing of our editorial process." Will the post ever go back up, pending... whatever? "I hope so." For now, you have a conspicuous article-shaped hole on Pando that looks and smells a lot like a favor. That seems to be trendy these days.