Saturday, December 09, 2006

This is for the troll who isn't coming back

Periodically, as I'm sure is the case with most bloggers, I get a comment or two on very old posts. Actually, this seems to happen quite often with posts from 2004. And in most cases, I can see why: deaths in Iraq and war-related press criticism are evergreen topics for heated debate.

Today, however, I woke up to this interesting (and anonymous) comment on one of my oldest threads:

I find it interesting that there are comments you have chosen to remove. This site is useless if you censor out the opinions of visitors to your site. There is so much misinformation here, it makes me sick. Don't bother replying because I will not be back.

Let's dissect this comment in reverse:

"Don't bother replying because I will not be back."

How do I know that you won't be back? You're anonymous! Oh, and nice little irony there, telling me that I suppress debate and then calling for me not to write back. No one stirs the pot like this without coming back at least once to see what kind of steam rises. But even if this statement were true, what makes you think I'd care?

"There is so much misinformation here, it makes me sick."

So what exactly is misinformative about exposing an obviously wrong and outdated mail campaign (and, with it, the sheep attitude prevalent among the religious right)? You don't bother to tell me! Cetainly you could have chosen a better post on which to make that point. You have hundreds to choose from!

"This site is useless if you censor out the opinions of visitors to your site."

This is true, except for two things: 1) Aside from spam, I have censored only three comments ever; and those were from a troll who pasted the same Bush quote 50 times on three consecutive comments. And 2) there's also the tiny fact that the only comments removed from the thread in question were my own, which I revised for mistakes and immediately reposted thereafter! And the only reason you even noticed that was because the "delete forever" option wasn't available in 2004, the last time anyone (including myself) ever went to that post.

"I find it interesting that there are comments you have chosen to remove."

Well, not only is your comment here to stay, but I've actually chosen to highlight it on its own post! So as you can see, plenty of useless comments abound on this blog. Like yours, for one.

Thank you for stopping at Not Right. Pleasure giving the business to you.


Donnie McDaniel said...

LOL Ian!!! That is classic. I once had one of those little critters come along and make the same claims because of, get this, "Comment Removed by author" and it was my fault for it! The funny thing is that the actual post is not what they had problems with!! They forgot about the post because of the deleted comments and never thought to read who deleted it.

Now if I delete something, which is rare like yourself, would I not remove the whole thing so as not to let this moron see something? But it gets better, wait till you have one come along and agree with you in the comments, and minutes later, tell you how wrong you are!! Those are the best. You just have to love those that give you ammo. Kinda like...I am an idiot, now here is a water balloon and you can toss it at me anytime.

Donnie McDaniel said...

OOPPSS!! Should have said that I would remove the whole thing.

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely thankful for the new function in the Beta version that tells you which post the comment was left on b/c before when someone did something like that it took forever to find it.

I've only had to censor two comments so for due to language. One was attacking you and one Nick...what is it with you Lafayette boys that stirs up so much trouble =)

Ian McGibboney said...

Actually, the comment-notification e-mail you get from standard Blogger sends you to the correct post if you click your blog name. But that's a vague indicator that most people probably still haven't noticed. Personally, I'm still on the fence about switching to Beta. Some its features are useless to me, and the ones that would be good (categories, for one) would negate the archives that took me weeks to manually assemble.

BTW, CT, I'm still curious as to what that commenter said about me. Do you still have it somewhere?

Anonymous said...

I don't remember exactly but it was basically a profanity laced personal attack that didn't address the issue at all that was being discussed. I deleted for both reasons, the profanity and the personal attack.