Paulitics will be troll-free for the month of November

As those regular readers of this blog will be more than aware, I am incapable of not responding to anybody who takes the time to write a lengthy comment — no matter how offensive, no matter how ignorant and no matter how troll-ish. (see here, here, here, or here).  Call it a personal defect, call it obsessive compuslive disorder, call it being opinionated to a fault (all would be accurate), but the fact of the matter is that if somebody leaves a steaming pile of… well, you know what… on this blog, I feel obliged to ‘clean it up’ (so to speak) rather than merely delete it. 

Today, for the first time ever, I have regretfully had to moderate a troll.  To be fair, this particular troll today wasn’t offensive like, say, Brent (IP address 74.136.99.158) who wrote this lovingly Christian comment a while back “Burn in hell commie. You are my enemy.”

But nevertheless, to the anonymous “eimaJ” (and all other trolls), I understand that your comments were not bad compared to the filth spewed by other trolls (which is why I’m not publishing “eimaJ” or backwards Jamie’s two IP addresses), however, this being the November essay season and me having the character defect of not being able to let a comment — even a troll’s comments — go unanswered, I have decided to moderate troll-ish comments.  This decision will last only until December 1st when my last essay for my last semester of course work for my Masters’ degree is finished.  After that, I will remove all bans on all trolls and you can feel free to troll this blog again (with the assurances that I will respond, no less)  until your heats’ content.

Have a wonderful November and I’ll see all you trolls again in December once I can waste more time responding to you without it impacting on my studies.

10 Responses to “Paulitics will be troll-free for the month of November”


  1. 1 RPJ 3 November, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Wow, I’ve never seen you moderate anyone before. It will be interesting to see if Jamie / eimaJ (backwards or forwards) returns in December. I don’t know how you are going to respond in December considering the pure quantity of text it will take to bring Jamie/eimaJ to the point where an intelligent exchange of ideas can take place. You have more patience than I so I guess that is why you have a blog and I just comment occasionally.

  2. 2 saskboy 3 November, 2007 at 11:51 am

    I tend to reply to trolls too. They take up time, but hey, so does TV :-) I’ve had to ban one troll though, who got a little too serious. I never thought I’d have to ban someone, but they are a local threat.

    I’m putting up a job posting for a regular blog troll soon. Maybe backwards Jamie will apply and get a new job.

  3. 3 paulitics 3 November, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    RPJ – I didn’t enjoy moderating him, but I had the problem that a) I can never let comments like that be let alone [because then I’d be thinking about it all the while I’m trying not to think about it] and b) I don’t have the time to reply during essay season. The decision was a totally selfish one on my part, but I couldn’t think of any other way I could make it work.

  4. 4 paulitics 3 November, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Saskboy – lol. I’ll forward his resume to you.

    (Actually, maybe you can get both Jamie and Brent. When I looked up their geographic locations based on their IP addresses, I found that they’re both from the same town and the same area of the same town no less).

  5. 5 hamhead 3 November, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Paul,

    Just because someone disagrees with you, it does not make them a troll. If you have an inability to tolerate people disagreeing with you, might I suggest that you delete this blog and immediately seek professional help. In the real world, you can’t just delete people and ban them or ignore them – tolerating views different from your own is a requirement in life, you may as well get used to it. You are in school now, but, believe it or not, there is a real world out there and unless you are the leader of a dictatorship (which I gather you aspire to be), you can’t just delete people that disagree with you.

    Just some friendly advice.

  6. 6 martinp 3 November, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    To be fair, I read through the last comment by the ‘troll’ and there was lots there, and a lot of good points. A lot of it was kind of personal asides, but there was also lots of ‘meat’ there, which is the opposite of trolling.

  7. 7 paulitics 3 November, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Martinp – I agree that Jamie was not exceptionally offensive. In fact, I’d also agree with you that a lot of what he said has substance and is important to either refute or at least engage with. But, at the end of the day, I had to make a decision between somehow coming up with the time to reply to his many comments and the three presentations and two essays that I have due in the next three weeks.

    I have never once moderated anybody (even people who have threatened me), so the decision on my part to moderate this comparatively benign individual troll was maybe not the most consistent thing, but given the extraordinary circumstances in my real life right now, it was the only viable solution I had available to me.

  8. 8 paulitics 3 November, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    hamhead (AKA Jamie AKA eimaJ) – I thank you for your selfless and “friendly” advice.

    TO be fair, never once did I say that just because somebody disagrees with me, that that automatically makes them a troll. Do a search through this blog of the number of times I’ve called anybody I disagreed with a troll. I think you’ll only find this instance and possibly one other — and considering the fact that this blog gets an average of 300-350 hits per day and an unknown average number of comments per week on average, I think that’s a pretty fair record on my part, don’t you?

    I also thank you for your compassionate concern for my psychological well-being when you write that “might I suggest that you delete this blog and immediately seek professional help.” You are always free to make any suggestions you like. But it’s been my experience that “friendly” suggestions and an empty sack are often only worth an empty sack.

    Lastly, I bow to your perspicacity when you write that “I gather you aspire to be [a dictator]”. Great job of reducing me to the depth of a cardboard cutout of a supervillain.

    (P.S. I realize that you keep switching your user name around to appear as though you’re many different individuals. I just wanted to let you know that the filter is based on your IP address not your user name, so no matter what you try to submit your screen name to be whether it’s “not a troll” or “Jamie” or “eimaJ” or “hamhead” or any other alias, it’s still nevertheless based on the IP address I can see whenever you try to post a comment).

  9. 9 not a troll 3 November, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Hey Paul, you gotta do what you gotta do, but, I’d appreciate it if you would stop referring to me as a troll.

    As martinp said:

    “A lot of it was kind of personal asides, but there was also lots of ‘meat’ there, which is the opposite of trolling”

    FYI, the personal asides were there mainly because I’ve been reading your blog for 6 months so I had many things to point out specifically with regard to your behaviour.

    I think you are losing some credibility here, even among some of your regular posters. But, you gotta do what you gotta do. See you in a month. And, once again, good luck on those essays and presentations!

  10. 10 martinp 3 November, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    As for the ‘personal asides’, I think people should remember that a single writer will of course have all kinds of logical inconsistencies and ‘failings’. I just recently stumbled on this blog, and it is among the most interesting, and of course nowadays it takes some serious cajones to openly call oneself a socialist.

    There will probably be all kinds of things to debate, however, as soon as it ‘gets personal’ then thats pretty much the end of the discussion, since THAT is the ‘troll’ part. It’s not trolling, however, to point out an inconsistency in moderation, since a blog owner has two jobs-information provider, and ‘regulator’. So I would agree that if somebody posts one line calling somebody a doofus and offers nothing else, thats a troll, but likewise if somebody then calls that person a doofus and offers nothing else, that also should be trolling. However, that’s still a pretty moderate complaint, hardly along the hypocritical lines of the US calling Cuba a criminal state.

    I was pretty much going to add the exact comments made above, so perhaps you should trust others to make comments while you are occupied with other things. Heck, if I find your email I’ll even do a few of your propaganda studies (you aren’t the only one to read manufacturing consent:) -at least til December.


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