I believe in Free Speech. Always have. Always will. In fact I invite people to come here, and if they disagree to let me know. Every time someone posts, I learn something. Hopefully they are learning too.
And then there’s SPAM. There’s more than one type of spam. I get a lot of ‘link spam’ where someone says something along the lines of ‘nice article’ and there’s a link at the bottom, which if you follow it, typically takes you to a web page that will try and sell you Viagra, or access to videos which haven’t hit the stores yet. In other words, someone is trying to make a buck, in a less than honest manner.
Then there’s off-topic posts. Someone pops up, and posts about Birth Control in an article on Digital Rights Management.
I’d better give some background. A while back I wrote a less than complimentary post about Lefty. Lefty responded, as did several other people, who when I checked all seemed to be the same person, and all of whom were attacking Lefty over something they claimed that he had done. And I let them post. After all, this was on Blogger, and the reason I had the account on Blogger was it was free, and I wanted to practise my writing. I wasn’t writing on anything important, just writing for the sake of writing.
Then things got serious. There were a couple of issues that I felt strongly about, I started writing on them, and got some great feedback. And some really negative feedback. There were people who wrote me privately about the war games that were going on in the comments. Let’s face it, it didn’t look very professional. So when I got the new blog, I was a lot more stringent about comment moderation. Then I found out that there were incoming links to my old Blogger posts – my Blogger Account was being cited as proof that Lefty was some sort of evil maniac. That’s right. They posted to try and convince me that Lefty was bad, nasty, evil, whatever. Then they post elsewhere citing the posts that they were trying to use to convince me as proof.
Letting them comment was a mistake. They weren’t responding to the issues, they were just attacking Lefty. Maybe he deserved it. Maybe he didn’t. Quite frankly some of the evidence that they posted (which included emails) looked faked, and it isn’t all that hard to fake that sort of stuff. But it could have been real. I had no way to tell, and I wasn’t around to witness the various things that were alleged to have happened. But the posts were off-topic. Way off-topic. They weren’t even trying to discuss the issues that I thought were important. And this is my blog. I’ve done a lot of work on it. By posting the way they did, they were showing a complete lack of respect.
So at the beginning of March I went back and wiped out EVERY off-topic comment. All of them. So now the links pointing to my articles were missing the proof that they were claiming.
I was wondering what the response would be. I got this email 13 days ago. I looked at it, and then let it sit. I was busy on another project, and it really wasn’t all that important that I respond immediately. In fact I could just have ignored it. But then I thought about it a bit more, and decided that I needed to say something. The level of disrespect that the writer was showing to me, and to what I’m trying to do, needed an answer.
Anyway, here’s the email:
Subject: more evidence you deny, to cover the ass of an enemy of Free Software. why, wayne, why do you do this?
From: Nas Rudra
To: Wayne Borean
show details: Mar 21 (13 days ago)
I still want an apology for you calling Schlesinger’s victims the stalkers in this situation, for I am far from alone.
Basically the writer is complaining because at one point I commented jokingly that it looked like Lefty was suffering from multiple personality disorder, and was attacking himself. Yeah, it was in bad taste. But the comments were showing in a weird order that made it look like possibly Lefty had made some of the ones attacking him (he hadn’t, I checked the IP addresses later).
So he/she/it/they don’t like Lefty. That’s fine. They are free to set up their own website attacking him. Blogger accounts are still free. They can do whatever they want on their site.
They can’t do whatever they want on my site. I set the rules here. If they want their posts to appear, they have to respect the rules.
Come on in. You can spit on the mat, and call the cat a bastard. As long as you are on topic.
Saturday April 3, 2010
PS: Happy Easter!