Saturday, February 07, 2009
When anonymity loses its appeal.
Not surprisingly, when it comes to the blogsphere, I'm a big believer in anonymity. I like my relative anonymity, and I go to great lengths to respect other folks' desire for the same. But there comes a point where, if someone insists on being a constant harassment, then I think it's perfectly acceptable to track them down and treat them to the public ridicule and scorn they so richly deserve.
Consider one "PaleoAnarchist", a rabidly anti-Semitic commenter who will not take a hint and piss off, even after being asked to several times. I don't know what drives people like Paleo -- being told on numerous occasions that no one is interested in their opinion, yet still persisting in leaving obnoxious and offensive comments.
If Paleo wants to spew that kind of rubbish on his (her?) own blog, that's fine and I wouldn't give a rat's ass about it. But when someone keeps messing up a perfectly nice blog with this screeching demand for attention and blatant blog-whoring, then I start to get a bit yanked off after a while, so here's what we're gonna do.
I'm kind of busy these days, so if anyone wants to play Inspector Gadget and track down the commenter known as "PaleoAnarchist," have at it. But don't leave anything you learn in the comments. Rather, email all of that to me privately. If Paleo finally wises up and buggers off, none of that goes public and everyone is happy.
On the other hand, if Paleo continues to be an asshole, then we take that info and do everything possible to ruin his or her life. I'm thinking that, depending on what Paleo does for a living, being exposed as a rancid anti-Semite might not play well, if you catch my drift.
In any event, that's the deal. If Paleo just fucks off, then we're good and no one gets hurt. But if Paleo doesn't have the sense God gave a bag of cat litter, then he/she has absolutely no one to blame for the potential bad craziness that might ensue.
Is that fair? I think it's fair.