Well, dang. A few days ago, we banned one nasty bigoted asshole from Stinkin’ Thinkin’, and we thought that’d be that. But, tonight he tried out his new proxy IP address to leave a comment. It takes half a second to install akismet or hit the trash button — so no big deal.
But we followed a trackback to a messageboard, where Cuda, McGowdog and Tony J hang out and talk about us all day, and found something interesting.
See, what happened is that Tony J posted a link to his unwelcome comment (deleted) on that messageboard, to show his friends his new IP, but this link generated a pingback in our stats, which led us to their board.
More specifically, it led us to a thread, started by Cuda, titled “For Those That Don’t Play Well With Others” instructing Tony J on how to hide his IP address so that he could comment on our blog, which he has been denied access to. Deluded fundamentalists once again expose their sense of entitlement, lack of respect for anyone, and belief that the means justifies their self-obsessed end. People with these “character flaws” are the reason that locks were invented.
Anyway, the only reason I’m mentioning this in public is that since these twits are now taking their lessons from internet lowlifes: stalkers, spammers and scammers, we’re going to tighten things up here for a little while. Well, first of all, they’re all disinvited: Tony J, Cuda, and McGowdog (We didn’t want McGowdog to feel left out). And for the time being, all comments from first-time commenters will be held for moderation. Once your first comment is approved, all further comments will appear immediately (unless they trigger something in the filter… but if that happens, we’ll approve the comment as soon as possible). We are also considering requiring WordPress registration for comments, too. We’ll keep you posted.
I’m sorry to make posting here a pain in the ass. We really had it in mind to never ban anyone, and to keep this court of public opinion as public as possible. But, while these turds in the punchbowl are congratulating themselves on taking names and kicking ass, speaking truth to power, or whatever, they are really more interested in filibustering an open forum. Please remember that we still maintain a policy of open dialog, and will not censor or edit anyone’s comments.
*Considering their ethical standards, I wouldn’t be surprised if they deleted the thread before you could see it. So we froze the page along with this jewel, where they dedicate a topic to another forum where they were also banned.