[ONGOING ENTERTAINMENT: I suggest keeping up with the accumulating comments here to watch site administrator Joel Johannesen being too stupid to realize that he's just digging himself a deeper and deeper hole.]
Well, isn't this interesting? Suddenly, there are a slew of additional comments at Barbara Kay's article, including mine, but the most amusing one is from site manager Joel Johannessen, who writes:
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.
We reserve the right to post what we see fit at our property, and we reserve the right to screen posts from unknown individuals such as yourself, and to do so when we wake up in the morning and when we get around to it, not the moment you choose to post comments. We do hope that’s OK with you all.
Please reconsider your words and be more careful in characterizing the nature of this web site.
Dear Joel: Fuck you. I make my claim of being "blacklisted" based on the clear and unambiguous dialog box that was presented to me when I first tried to comment on that article. For you to take sputtering umbrage with my accusation is the height of arrogance and dishonesty. As you can read in the comments section of my earlier piece, I'm not the only person who suffered exactly the same fate, so don't you get all self-righteous and uppity with me.
As for your right to screen posts, you know as well as I do that that wasn't the issue. The issue was that I was prevented from even submitting a comment that made any reference to my blog or registering as a commenter, so let's not change the subject, shall we?
Here's hoping you can come up with a better explanation of your web site's behaviour than that lame-ass excuse above. I'm waiting.
BY THE WAY, do I really need to mention that I just tried to register again as a commenter at that site and, once again, received:
Action Denied: Blacklisted Item Found
You keep using that phrase "relatively open forum," Joel. I do not think it means what you think it means.