The lively TechCrunch UK and Ireland has been put ‘on hold’ with its equally lively editor Sam Sethi removed from his post, as TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington explains.

The gory details have been widely reported and centre around mixed feedback on social media conference Le Web 3, with organiser Loïc Le Meur objecting to Sam’s conference review, which spiralled into the subsequent fallout.

I hope that TechCrunch UK and Ireland can make a comeback as it was a valuable resource on start-ups and technology in the region.

Ironically enough, last night I attented the Mashup event, among whose sponsors were of course TechCrunch UK and Ireland. I certainly didn’t spot Sam at the event. Of concern is that TechCrunch UK and Ireland is scheduled to get involved in the organising of the Mashup events from next year, so I hope a solution can be found.

As “Oscar Wilde 2.0” might have said, to lose one may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.