May 21, 2004

Trollage, redux

Mr. McClelland last night left a huge blog post, cut and pasted, in my comments. This same comment has been left, I am sure, on countless other blogs, and in every single case is probably as completely off-thread as it was here.

It's abundantly apparent, at least to me, that having his own blog is not enough. He must blog everywhere, whether welcome or not.

Well, let's do a little summary of what is not welcome:

Long winded off-thread comments=Not welcome.
Cut and paste blog posts in the comments=Not welcome.
Pictures of crap (literally) in the comments=Not welcome.
Personal attacks based on political thought=Not welcome.
Blog Spam of any sort=Not welcome.

Now let us do a little summary of what is welcome:

Brief off-thread comments for clarification=Welcome within limits.
Brief off-thread comments as greetings=Welcome.
Well thought out arguments=Welcome.
Civil dissent that is on-thread=Welcome.
Fawning, groveling, and bribery=Welcome, but send it in a personal email for my private enjoyment.

Not a lot there that isn't common sense. And other than one sickening white supremacist months ago, everyone but Mr. McClelland has known these things innately. Some people were just raised to know what is acceptable and what is not when you speak with people. Some people, sadly, either were not, or "overcame" all the social essentials their families and teachers worked so hard to impart upon them.

Other bloggers may allow him to clutter up their comments with his off-thread, expanded ramblings and nonsense, but I don't have to, and at this point I won't. I will not play host to the electronic parasite that is Mr. McClelland.

So now, unless yet another "impersonator" has been sullying his Good Name, he is gone. He can say what he wants. I would give a Damn but honestly I don't. That would be the waste of a perfectly good Damn.

Hyssie-fit? Perhaps. But you know what? Too bad.

Update: The IP's keep rolling in. There are now three, and they all are linked to this "imposter" who "impersonates" the faultless Canadian. And since I can never truly be sure which is the real and which is the usurper, they all must be treated the same.

That is what "zero tolerance" is all about, you know, where a Rolaid is the equivalent of a Quaalude. We've all seen how well that works.

Well, the precedent has been set. If this is offensive to the victim of the "impersonator" then he is cordially invited to return the favor and add my IP to his lenghty list of the banned. I'm sure I'll have good company. But of course that will require my IP, and as I never visit there (can't vouch for my readers), I'd be interested in how that would be accomplished.

Three IP's banned, several more to go, I'm sure.

Posted by Mamamontezz at May 21, 2004 02:09 PM

Since I began banning trolls (a few months now) I've been feeling a lot better. Dissent is one thing; paying for the privilige to suffer personal attacks from whiny little pissants who don't know me from Adam is quite another.

Now, I ban people simply for egregious misspellings. Because power goes straight to my head. And it is good.

Posted by: Jeff G at May 21, 2004 05:22 PM

Wow. Even for "Egregious Misspellings?" Love that! I may have to consider that myself.

Power truly is a beautiful thing, isn't it?

Posted by: Mamamontezz at May 21, 2004 05:52 PM

I see you're still unwilling to accept the truth that these things you are accusing me of are not being perpetrated by me.

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