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Blocking details out--such a name--would not break the chain of the conversation at all if that is their concern. Very cavalier attitude from their part IMO. They will not do it, because their lawyers told them they don't have to. You're supposed to work it out with the original poster--assuming they're willing to and that out can find them...after many email address changes.
Try looking at it from the other person's point of view - if a rival says something that shows them up as, say, contemptuous of their customers and visitors, would you want Google to allow them to simply excise that quotation from your reply post saying they should be ashamed?
Though most of us have said things we'd probably prefer not to have, censorship is never the answer. And it's certainly not (IMHO) Google's job to decide if there's ever an exception to that.
Having said all that, the likelihood of an old posting causing real damage is pretty low.
It's actually very sensible, if someone says something outrageous, to quote them back - there's nothing worse than being in a discussion where the post you've replied to disappears. I remember the irritation in a forum where someone reedited their post to deliberately make my reply look stupid - after that, I ALWAYS quoted that individual's entire post every time - and said why.
[edited by: Quadrille at 12:49 pm (utc) on Mar. 25, 2007]