Several times in the past I [and others] have been accused of deleting comments. This is supposedly to make my audience appear supportive of all I write.
I have written some stuff in the past which has sparked some controversy and I have received my share of negative comments.
I don’t mind someone disagreeing with me. In fact I welcome it as it can lead to an interesting debate. Strangely enough though, when I write something I think will cause a comment war, people just come along and agree with me. Am I so in tune with the Great Unwashed?
My policy is pretty straightforward.
I will block a comment if I think it is spam.
I will block a comment if it is defamatory or if it is blatantly abusive towards another commenter.
I will block a comment if it is obviously from a nut case.
I have my own little pet nut case who is intrigued with this site for some reason. I told him to fuck off in the past, and when he didn’t I added him to Askimet so he is now a bone fide spammer. That didn’t stop him though – it just meant that all his comments are deleted in my regular spam clean out.
He still writes occasionally, even though he gets nowhere. I see his name crop up in the spam list and I just click on “Delete all” and away he goes.
A few days ago, I took the piss out of parking wardens.
My nut case [I’ll call him SS] took grave exception to this. I noticed he had commented on it and for once I read what he had to say.
“so this is how you treat civil servants.” he says. “Of course it is”, is my reply. These little Jobsworths are put on this planet to make my life a misery so it is beholden on me to reciprocate.
“you tricked him out of getting the fee he deserved.” he continues. I love this. The fee he deserved? For fuck’s sake! He doesn’t deserve anything. He is not providing a service – he is charging me a fee for parking on a public road. Anyway, he doesn’t get the fee. He gets a salary. The money goes to the council so that they can enjoy expensive and useless trips abroad.
“the great thing about [his little group] is that it encourages civil honesty, something you clearly lack and then you boast about your shameful behavior on your blog” Yes. I am so ashamed. I cannot live with myself. I am the most uncivilly dishonest person I know of.
“..how petulant and sad.” he says. I am confused here. Is he talking about himself? That is the most petulant and the saddest comment I have ever not received on my site, so it must be himself he’s talking about.
I hope he continues to write. I’m not taking him out of the spam listing, but I will watch out for his comments in future. They always give me a laugh.
I blame Harney.
The mental institutions need a lot more funding.