Saturday, July 04, 2015

Zombies, Time Wasters and Anonymous Cowards

A "Christian" person came on to the comments section to post about gay marriage etc., and proceeded to quote an Iron Age book of hate and fear.

I allowed the comment, started to respond to it, thought better of it, and will now simply repost the rules of commentary for this blog. The excellent news is that I seem to have shaken off most of the trolls, lazies, hazies, and crazies, and it has been a long time since I had to shit-can a commentator.

OK. So what are the rules and/or guidelines?  This post was written in 2009, and it has a pretty fierce tone because I find that the delusional, the paranoid, the stupid, the bi-polar, the conspiracy-theorists, the narcissistic, and the religious are more than a little tone deaf.

I did not start this blog to meet you.

I did not start this blog because I wanted to answer stupid questions from people who are too lazy to use the Google.

I did not start this blog because I wanted to engage in endless political debate with unintelligent ideologues with wacko political theories, or food faddists, or breed-blind frustrated hair dressers.

I did not start this blog to give a voice to cowards who will not use their real names and give their real email addresses.

For several years, I simply turned off the comments section to this blog rather than deal with the never-ending tide of trolls who confuse blogs with chat rooms or list-servs or Internet bulletin boards.

About a year back, I opened up the comments part of the blog after Blogger embraced technology that more-or-less killed the advertising spam bots, but I still get trolls and fools, and instant experts who think they will slip their nonsense out to the world by piggy-backing it into the comments section of this blog.

What to do? Do I want my time to be controlled by anonymous fools who post in the comments section?

Or do I want to write on what I want to write about, and spend the rest of my time with family, friends, and normal life tasks?

Do I simply let nonsense stand and hope someone else will take their valuable time answering or rebutting it?

And why should I host a space for complete nonsense anyway?

At the end of my life, what would I rather have done? How will I wish I had spent my time?

How much time theft should I allow from people I do not know, who do not have real names, and will not use a real email address?

A few months ago, I added pointed instructions to the comments section of this blog.

That helped a bit, but not enough.

So now I am imposing a new rule: No Zombies.

If you are a left-wing, vegan, bunny-hugger zombie , go away. I don't want to hear your shit and neither does anyone else.

Ditto if you are a right-wing paranoid zombie who cannot stop talking about how important your right-to-carry is. Go away. This is not your spot.

Ditto if you are a Lyndon LaRouche zombie, or a Ron Paul zombie. Go away.

If you are a dog food faddist zombie, go away.

If you are a pit bull fighting zombie, go away.

If you do not have a real name and a real email address you are willing to attach to your comments, then you are a zombie. Go away.

If you are a proselytizing born-again anything kind of zombie, go away.  If you are a stalker, a nutter or a pretender, go away.

I write what I want to write about, and if you don't like it, go away.

If I have a well-formed political opinion, and you disagree with it, go away. Or at least STFU. Start your own blog.

I did not start this blog to provide a forum for you!

Blogs are about attraction not promotion.

If you do not like what I am talking about, go away.

This blog is not a democracy and you have no rights here. If you are having a hard time with that idea, go away.

Does that mean I get it right on all the time? No, of course not.

Sometimes I get it wrong, and I am quick to correct when I do. But if I got it wrong, please supply a link to a credible source. Use the Google. And do not confuse anecdote with statistics or typing with writing. If you are writing really long and have no sources, you are doing something wrong.

If I have obviously slipped in my logic, or missed a good example, or forgotten part of a history, or gotten a number wrong, let me know. It happens, and I thank people who let me now.

But if you are simply a Zombie, a Troll, or an Anonymous Coward, or a typist, go away.

I do not have the time, and I will not supply the forum.


jeffrey thurston said...

We OK with disagreements over canine taxonomy and genetics? :) I know I'm a political crackpot (my wife calls me Arrogant Nazi Ass) but I tries to be a good boy I do. I love this blog...

mugwump said...

The best method I've come across to run off trolls and zombies is silence. My blog relies heavily on the conversations I have with my readers, but I am not willing to engage with the trolls.
I ignore them.
Over the years my readers have done a great job of following my example.
Sometimes the more determined trolls will persist for a few days, but they all leave when nobody will play.
I have had some trouble with the zombie/troll crosses. Their hybrid vigor makes them tenacious.