Monday, October 05, 2009

Change in posting protocols

Dear friends,

I'm trying a change to registered user only comments. I think that this does not require you to have a blogger ID. It says "including OpenID." What I am attempting to cut out is anonymous commentators. If you are a friend, a regular reader, or indeed anyone but a troll, feel free to make contact with me (you will know how to find my e-mail address or will already have it) if you have trouble commenting under the registration protocol, and we will work something out. I'm making this change because of the anonymous troll--whom I believe I have identified--who stopped by on the previous thread.


alaiyo said...

Gets old, doesn't it? I don't have enough readers to have had that problem yet. There are advantages to being obscure . . . :)

Lydia McGrew said...

I thought I was obscure enough, but I think I picked this one up at W4. (Makes him sound like a flea or a germ, doesn't it?)

William Luse said...

I'm just commenting to see if I can.

Tell me who the troll was and I'll tell you if he's a germ. I'm known for my diagnostic skills.

Todd McKimmey said...

I might as well chime in. Sorry to hear about your troll, Lydia.

Madeleine said...

We get a few over at MandM - in fact some absolutely hair-curling comments have been left by trolls on our most-read post on school bullying left by our son's former bullies.

To begin with we deleted the comments and attempted bans but they got round everything, routing their IP's through different countries and coming up with fake ID after fake ID - it seemed to make them more determined so in the end we put all their grotty comments back up for all to see and let them post in the hope by exposing their nastiness they would dig their own hole.

It seems to have worked but in our case the subject was this school and the nasty bullies in it so permitting their abuse to be publicly on display kind of spoke to our point whereas in your case it is just plain annoying.

Hope this works for you anyway!

Lydia McGrew said...

Thanks, guys, and I'm sorry to leave this up as my top post for a while. I've just been kind of busy, and I'm working on a post for W4 too. So leaving this as the top post isn't meant to indicate that it is some big deal.

Madeleine, that's really horrible what Christian has been put through. And that's at a Catholic school, I see. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a kid in that situation.

Anonymous said...

I don't have enough readers to have had that problem yet. There are advantages to being obscure

Agreed. And my posting policy remains intact:

"There is only one rule: Expect any moderation to be capricious, heavy-handed, unapologetic, and (gasp!) undemocratic."

Thought I'd pass on another Choice Devours Itself moment:

Lydia McGrew said...

Here is a link that tries to make it sound a little less bad. Makes it sound like the pro-lifers gave up after nearly two hours instead of the campus's having shut them down. But it also admits that the Montreal police left after making the protestors sit down. But in fact, they went on yelling, so the presentation couldn't continue. I don't get the impression that McGill was really committed to making this happen. Quite to the contrary. By the way, the local Republican club at our big university has been let's just say discouraged from inviting speakers for whom extra security is likely to be required. In other words, the thugs win.

lamt said...

Though I read them often, I don't often comment on these blogs, Lydia. However, I occasionally read What's Wrong With the World and know that you contribute there.

I was surfing (philosophy blogs) and found this, if you haven't already seen it. Of course, when I come upon liberal sites, I generally leave quickly lest I catch anything. However, I grabbed this before I fled.

Lydia McGrew said...

Whoever you are, lamt, I was aware of that at the time.