Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Anonymous Commenters

Over a year ago, I was unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of some fairly hateful comments posted on my blog by someone who would feel comfortable enough to voice his opinioin, but not adult enough to sign his name to it. Based on his postings (I just surmised that "anonymous" was a male), it was clear that we did not know each other.

Was he an unrequited love? Maybe. Was he a disgruntled postal worker? Perhaps. Was he bored and lonely with no friends? Probably. For whatever reason, this dude hated - HATED - me and my life without ever meeting me in person, or even carrying on any kind of dialogue. He simply chose to voice his opinion and sign his name as Anonymous. Eventually, he went away, off to bother someone else no doubt.

Had Anonymous actually written anything that made sense, I might have encouraged him to continue to post his opinions. I do, after all, inadvertently invite some form of criticism by simply keeping an online journal of my thoughts and ideas which allows others to respond in kind. And while I am the first to admit that I probably don't have the most positive blog on the net, I do hope that what I write is considered interesting, fun, and sometimes offbeat yet thought-provoking.

Lately, another person (I am only assuming that this is a different person) has been offering his opinions (I again assume it's a man) and criticisms about the stuff I write on this here blog. Now, one can disagree with me all he wants, but the one thing I will not allow is to have my blog hijacked by someone else to serve as a vehicle for his own opinions. To that I say, "Get your own effing blog and leave mine alone." And Whitney agrees with me.

I encourage everyone who reads my blog to sign your name. My opinions cannot be swayed by someone with no credentials - or name for that matter. I consider comments to be a form of education, however I cannot respect a teacher who masks himself. This ain't Phantom of the Opera, toots.

So Whitney and I are going to be monitoring the comments a little more closely now. And if those left by anyone signing as anonymous are not up to par, they will be deleted. What is "up to par", you might ask? Well, it's a little like pornography - I can't define it, but I'll know it when I see it. And yes, this probably negates the concept of an open forum, but it should also propogate the creation of new blogs out there that others can choose to read or not read.

Just like mine.


  1. If you don't want comments on what you write, don't have a comments option. If you only want people to say wonderful things about you and what you write, then you should probably think about where that need comes from. Unless someone is calling you bad names or using vulgar language, I don't understand what your issue is with comments. If you are the kind of person who thinks anything less than absolute praise is unfair and harsh criticism, then this blog is not a way for you to express your thoughts and feelings to the world, but an empty excercise in personal vanity. Removing any comments, besides those that use offensive language, because you don't agree with them just makes it seem like you are a person who doesn't care what anyone else thinks, especially if they do not agree with or praise you.

  2. All I can say is...GO DOP!!! Serve it straight back at the fuckers!!

  3. ...and speaking of anonymous...there they go striking again!! I don't think your blog has ever been an 'excercise in personal vanity'! But in true blogging fashion..each to their own! It would be just decent of them to put a name to the verbage!

  4. Thanks Rich, I appreciate it!!

    Oh, and "Anonymous" - thank you for proving my point.

  5. First of all, anonymous, it is his blog and he can do with it whatever he wants. Personally knowing Dop I can tell you his blog isn't a "vanity" thing, but even if it were - it's his damn business and you can go elsewhere if you don't like it.

    And secondly, grow some balls and sign your name to a post for chrissakes. Have enough conviction with yourself to attach your name next to something you write.

  6. it's not a agree/disagree thing, or even a vulgar language/mean names thing... it's about accountability and respect. dop (or anyone else who keeps a site like this) is putting his thoughts out there and signs his name to them. right or wrong, he owns his opinions. those who comment should do the same.

  7. Dop: i8 for one do not alway6s agree with you, but you have always seemed able to handle disagreements well.

  8. Don't mind the trolls, Dop. They have little else to do. Block 'em, as it's your establishment. Think of it as your tavern, with you as the bartender, proprietor and bouncer. Even JRs keeps out bad customers!

    And some folks just go from blog to blog, making nasty anonymous comments, then moving on after being blocked. Just block 'em

  9. My only thought: That Whitney video is the one where her boobs are lopsidedly shoved into her gown for the entire freaking thing. If you look closely you'll see that one is larger than the other. I was fascinated.

  10. I stopped those anonymous comments long ago. Most of my were junk/spam anyway.
    If I found some hateful stuff on mine I would use every resource to find them and pull down there pants in the middle of the street. Just to show off their short-comings.

  11. Wait, let me rephrase that....made it sound like it was me leaving them. I meant you can authorize comments that are anonymous long before they appear on your blog. So now they come to me by email and I have to log on to say they are approved for entry.