Oh, dear God, this is just too amusing. You must -- I say, must -- try to keep up with Joel J's dodging and weaving in the comments section here, as he tries desperately to avoid admitting what has, by now, been established beyond any doubt.
Seriously, how can you respond to someone who writes:
... if you think that I’m so utterly infantile and petty (and that I would even remotely have the time) that I would even start to think about ever even considering somehow encoding into the programming that runs this web site some form of “pre-emptive censorship” against a web site I’ve never even remotely heard of, ever, then you’re terribly wrong and making absolutely ridiculous and potentially harmful assumptions —in as public a way as you can, knowingly.
despite the fact that I explained how to reproduce it, that others have confirmed it and that yet others have taken screenshots.
And yet, in spite of all that, rather than take 30 seconds to verify his site's blacklisting for himself, poor Joel has worked himself into a high dudgeon, outraged -- outraged, I tell you -- that anyone would dare impugn his or his site's credibility and integrity.
(And let us not forget that I was not simply prevented from submitting comments, I was blacklisted from even registering as a commenter, which Joel has, of course, refused to address.)
This is just plain sad. It's like the six-year-old, standing in the middle of the kitchen, adamant that he never helped himself to the chocolate cake, even as he stands there with chocolate smeared all over his hands and face.
"Pathetic" doesn't begin to describe it, does it? At this point, I'm going to guess that it's only a matter of hours before either comments are de-activated or deleted, or that the entire article is just pulled from that site. Any bets? I'm thinking of starting a pool.
P.S. Note, in comment 14, how Joel childishly avoids having to deal with his bullshit:
This web site has filters in place to shield against spam attacks, referrer attacks, DOS attacks, and sundry hacker attacks that constantly happen to this web site because liberals and others are so gosh darn tolerant of it. I suppose that there’s something in our long list of items in our filters which prevents that URL from displaying. I don’t know. I might have looked at the problem had it been dealt with like a half-ass reasonable person would have dealt with it, but now I won’t.
Note that all of Joel's huffing and puffing about attacks of one form or another has nothing whatsoever to do with the issue here, but he uses his thoroughly-unjustified annoyance to call a halt to the discussion. We'll be talking more about that sleazy rhetorical trick in a future post.
AND WE HAVE A RESOLUTION! OK, let's see here ... first, there's Joel:
Why do you “banned” and “blacklisted” folks (or are you the same people?) insist that you are “banned” and “blacklisted”? Upon what facts do you base that?
That’s a gross misrepresentation of the facts, and leads to some very bad feelings amongst the administration of this site because it can damage the reputation of a web site such as this. Perhaps you already know that.
But, hark! What's this? Only hours later:
Meanwhile, on Planet Sane, It turns out “blogspot.com” is in our filter list because it was the source of a referrer attack at some point.
Oh. So there was blacklisting going on after all. And as for those bloggers who just happened to live at that domain, like this guy, who's only politely trying to be helpful:
kevvyd here from b levkog. Guess what? I couldn’t register either, and for the same reason as the others.
If you haven’t put anything up here to block posters on purpose, then it’s been put there by accident.
Well, Joel, knows what to do with uppity cranks like that:
Another “blogspot” blogger. Genius!
So if you happened to live in the blogspot.com domain and were getting blacklisted, well, Joel's blog absolutely doesn't blacklist, no way, except when it does and if you can't figure that out, you're a moron.
Tune in next week when Joel writes an editorial chastising lefty bloggers in general for pointing out that he's a lying dumbass, and that it's all their fault.