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Yeah, there are lunatics here, too

My current hometown is hardly immune from raving religious lunatics. The Freshwater case should have made that pretty clear. To the point that I simply stopped reading the local newspaper. Unfortunately, it means I miss stuff like this, about the outrage over the atheist billboard that went up in town (which I have yet to see). Austin Cline has covered it pretty well, so I will let it stand at that.

In addition, I've decided to turn off Anonymous commenting on my blog. From today on, you will need an LJ account or an OpenID to post anything. So far, the vast majority of comments, particularly on the Bruce Lipton post (and it's follow-up) are from anonymous people making wildly factually false claims, even about what I said when it's right in front of them, and while some people may enjoy the interactivity, I don't tolerate stupidity well, and I don't wish to be subjected to it. If you have a cogent point to make, take the time get the OpenID. If you just want to rant incoherently about what an awful person I am, do it on your own blog. I still have one more such comment to reply to, and you unnamed cowards have about an hour or so before the commenting feature gets switched. It's your last chance to do your worst. At least on Twitter the crazies have to have an account and I can block them. Very shortly, I'll be able to do the same here.

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arathesane
Dec. 15th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
It's probably for the best that you do this. I get really ticked when people won't sign their name or at least use their webID to some comment. It's cowardly. Maybe this way, you will be able to get rid of the trolls. Intelligent, reasoned debate is one thing, but incoherent ranting is something else entirely!
inafoxhole
Dec. 15th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
I had "Anonymous" posts set to read "Unnamed Coward" at one point, but this style doesn't have the ability to change it. After the last person to post anonymously here decided to chastise me for telling my aunt what to do (all the while telling ME what to do) when in fact I hadn't even mentioned it to my aunt until she started shoving her nonsense in my face on Twitter, I had had enough. And apparently, my Bruce Lipton post is coming up in search engines, and the vast majority of stupid comments on that post have been from no-namers. I either have to turn off anonymous commenting, or just never get email when a new comment is posted, and I don't have enough traffic to justify that, because all the stupid shit would go unchallenged.

It's not a perfect solution, but hopefully it will stem the tide just a bit. (I admit I feel stupid calling two comments a week a "tide", but the remarks are usually long and inane and require more time than I have to deconstruct.)
darkelf105
Dec. 16th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I think that is probably for the best. I was lurking on the Lipton post just to see the trainwreck, but then I got tired of your trolls and wandered away.
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