6.03.2009

Let's Bring Down The Lights

The comments were turned off over at the Messenger for a bit but apparently have been turned back on but, before you run over there and leave a pithy comment, understand that you have been given a stern tongue lashing by the new owner here.

 He's definitely "old school" believing that the majority of the public is a cautious, deliberate, and a slow to anger body who believes in intellectual debate. Yeah, riiiiiiiight. That's also why I post pics of scantily clad women every morning. A friend of mine (who currently hates me), once referred to those who comment on Liberally Lean as "a band of monkeys." You know, that's kind of true. It's a freakin' circus of idiots, geniuses, racists, tree huggers, Ticket listeners, public officials, pro-lifers, pro-choicers, moms, dads, kids, spider monkeys, Christians, atheists, comedians, country folk, and the double fake everything. But the potential for a civilized debate? Nothing could be further from the truth.

An Internet comment board is nothing more than a high tech bathroom wall. Things people would never say in public will readily be scribbled in the privacy of four walls -- secure in their veil of anonymity. It's human nature. I accept that. I embrace that. That being said, I haven't really set forth my very loose rules for comments on Liberally Lean. I easily approve 90% of all comments - maybe more. And by "approve", I mean I push a button that says "publish". It doesn't mean, obviously, I endorse a particular view. So what will I not publish? Get your popcorn ready:
  • Don't drop an F Bomb
  • But what if you drop an F Bomb but hide one, two or three of the letters with a "&;" or "#"? You know, I change my mind on that on a daily basis.
  • I hate potty humor and don't allow it simply because I think it's stupid. Really stupid.
  • S bombs? Sheesh. I've let them through if someone writes a smart and passionate comment and then drops it in because he's so mad. But, generally, I'll block that.
  • Even I think it's silly that I have the rules on the F bomb and S bomb.
  • Derogatory statements about named individuals other than me? If they are private individuals, I think they should be off limits. If they are a public official/public figure and it's a comment of opinion, I'll let it go.
  • I'll let you criticize Wordkyle, MzChief, and Jarhead because they can take care of themselves. But I sometimes feel uneasy about that.
  • An exception to public official criticism: Leave prosecutors and judges in the county alone because if they get mad at me, I'll have to get a real job. If they get mad at me, my life becomes much harder. This exception is based on personal, good old fashioned American greed. "Greed, is good."
  • But even with public officials, I'll avoid statements of fact that I don't know to be true. I won't publish "School Board member Joe Blow committed an illegal act by stealing from the seminar training fund." But "Joe Blow is an idiot" would probably go through. It's a tough call sometimes.
  • Sexual comments? Sheesh. If it's profane, I'll kill it. If it's a little creative and subtle and funny, I'll let it go.
  • Racist comments? For years, I've let those go through because that's been a pet peeve of mine. All members of the "white club" walk around saying "there is no racism in this country" when I know just the opposite is true. So I'll let the n-word go through to the comments just to let people know that racism is alive and well. But even I've grown tired of those comments.
  • Do I break these rules sometimes because I'm too lazy to read every word of every comment or I make a mistake? Oh, yeah.
Now I'm off to find the next Random Thought girl. I demand a civilized debate about her tomorrow morning or you will be banned.

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

This describes me to a T..."genius, tree hugger, pro-choicer, mom, kid, squirrel monkeys, atheist, comedian, country folk, and the double fake everything. Cautious, deliberate, and slow to anger person who believes in intellectual debate. Oh, and optimist."

RPM said...

Possibly one of the greatest posts in the history of ever.

The way to stop the "full blown" comments at The Mess is make everyone post their real name just like the Letters to the Editor.

Now, about that next random girl...

mzchief said...

I called them "feces-flinging chimps" back in 2006 and I do NOT "currently" hate you. I am too busy and too lazy to carry a grudge.
.

*HuGS & KiSSeS*

wordkyle said...

I suspect the impression of racism based on comments on your blog is inflated by those anonymous posters who post them because they are eager to exaggerate how many racists there are. A very "non-scientific survey," you might say.

And thanks for the vote of confidence. Unleash hell.

Xanthippas said...

Well, that certainly provides some clear guidelines for conduct around here.

I all seriousness, I tried to craft a blog comments guideline for my blog, because I wanted to try and explain exactly what would get a comment deleted. It's easier said than done. I found that my post on the subject was even longer than this one, and if anybody bothered to read all of that before leaving a comment I'd be surprised to hear it. So it's shorter and simpler now, and basically amounts to an admonition to stay on the subject (broadly) and don't be hostile or abusive. I don't find that prevents people from leaving all-caps comments though.

Anonymous said...

"I'll let you criticize Wordkyle, MzChief, and Jarhead because they can take care of themselves. But I sometimes feel uneasy about that."

Do you feel "uneasy" about the blastings Mzchief unleashes on commenters? Jarhead and Wordkyle rebutt with dignity, but Mzchief is relentless and disgusting. Most of the time, the commenters are defending themselves from Mzchief's lashings. Get real, Barry...... Censorship is necessary, but do it for all, not for some.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 10:08...
Cite a single instance where I have fired the first volley at ANYONE. Typically, I address my comments to the issues on the blog and ONLY respond to someone who has leveled an attack at me or previously posted some steaming pile of bombastic drivel. Prime example is YOUR comment and YOU being a jealous twit who STILL cannot get over me being me and get on with you being you.
.


*StillLOL@U*

The Donald said...

Well, it is comforting to see that actually there might be some semi-cohesive rules for this blog - heretofore I had thought that it was just anarchy.

Interesting to note that most of the comments to this post are attributed.

RPM said...

You know Danica Patrick is going to be at TMS this weekend. Just sayin'...

"I suspect the impression of racism based on comments on your blog is inflated by those anonymous posters who post them because they are eager to exaggerate how many racists there are."

Word, that is a Class A troll! Well played.

Xanthippas said...

I suspect the impression of racism based on comments on your blog is inflated by those anonymous posters who post them because they are eager to exaggerate how many racists there are. A very "non-scientific survey," you might say.

And thanks for the vote of confidence. Unleash hell.


And on that note...

Is it seriously more believable that people are racist, or that people will leave racist comments to convince others that people are racist?

Anonymous said...

I expect most newspapers in general are really uneasy that the Internet is so popular. Audiences are younger and want information quicker. Some newspapers have gone under. It's sad, but likely a sign of the times.

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Great writing Barry - thoughtful and insightful - and as one of those despised "anonymous" posters (which is my right), I am very grateful to be able to post here and would expect you to delete one of mine if necessary. This is YOUR site, not mine.

*

And as for Internet forums, the best ones have strict rules. Folks who go in and post elementary, idiotic and profane comments that get deleted usually are too stupid or lazy to read those rules.

Thanks again.

wordkyle said...

Xan - In this forum, I'd bet on the latter.

Anonymous said...

See Babe, I knew you have the potential to be an "excellent" communicator. Great writing!

President Clark said...

I don't understand how using the actual F-word is any different than using F*@K? The individual letters put together mean nothing. It's the intenet behind what the word means that is offensive. Weather someone spells it out in plain english or hides behind special characters their intent is there. I think you should let it all through or not give them the satisfaction of still getting their idea through.

Anonymous said...

you forgot banjo players

Anonymous said...

Well Bart,I guess you feel like a real Perry White huh.

You've let this go every time so here goes...Mzchief,you still a TARD no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Silcone Alley forbids the f word.

Giggle snort.

Anonymous said...

Barry - Since you brought it up, I would like to discuss your pics of scantily clad women. I really enjoy reading your blog. It often has updated facts and information long before the messenger website. I check your site frequently throughout the day. I personally don't mind your scantily clad pics. I find them somewhat humorous. However, I am a teacher at one of the local districts. It is pretty dang hard to read your blog at work with all those half naked pictures. If a student comes in my room before school while I am reading the blog, I have to quickly leave the site. Also, you have posted some good infomation before with videos or pictures that could be used as a teachable moment in the classroom, but I can't share it with my students because of your scantily clad women. Also, a few months back the internet guy came over to work on my internet. He asked me to open up a webpage to see if he had fixed the problem. I automatically clicked on your blog to find a woman with super ubber boobs staring at me. The Doogie Howser aged internet repair boy seemed a little taken back. I think I might have witnessed his first look at a woman's chest. It was quite uncomfortable for the two of us. Don't worry - I assured him that I wasn't into looking at porn. I explained that it is a local attorney's blog who apparently has too much free time and an obsession with well endowed chests. This could explain your increased site visits. The Doogie Howser age internet boy must have told his friends about your blog!

Jarhead said...
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Anonymous said...

Not that racism doesn't exist b/c obviously it does but I get really tired of the double standard. The rappers can say anything they want but if you dare say a harsh word its blatent racism.

I don't like Obama or anything he stands for but it has nothing to do with him being black. Try getting that arguement by a lefty.

Anonymous said...

where did the f word come from..? Fornication Upon Consent of King...circa 1500's France..I think.

mzchief said...

To Jarhead...
*LOL*
.

You are such a prince. I am soooo. glad you are my...uh...ahhhh...friend?
.

*;)

Anonymous said...

So that's why you didn't post the lawyer cartoon last week???

Denney Crane said...

"A friend of mine (who currently hates me),"

You're kidding, right? You actually have a friend??? You're so lucky!

Anonymous said...

I would be willing to bet the passionate and smart comments mostly come from women, so it should be "she's so mad"

Anonymous said...

I am glad you put Ticket Listeners in there.

Anonymous said...

I am done reading this blog. And the Wise County Messenger. All this "civilized debate" nonsense and your rules of posting comments amount to nothing more than censorship.

People regularly use the "F-Bomb" (played by your rules for the purposes of this post); it might even be one of the most commonly used words in the english language, but yet you worry about all the little virgin Baptist ears out there. What a load of crap.

Anonymous said...

Censorship isn't exactly the right word for what BG does on his own blog. It belongs to him, and we have no authority. We comment here as a privilege; it's not some inalienable right.

But I guess if you're done reading this blog, you won't see this comment...will you?

Propagandist said...

11:27 - I've seen people threaten to stop reading Barry's blog for all kind of reasons but you're the first to stop reading because there just aren't enough F-bombs on the blog.

Someone with your entertainment value will be missed.

Adios Mother F&%#*er.

Anonymous said...

11:27 you must not have a job or be active in society. I don't know of many companies that tolerate employees freely using f-bombs. Oh wait, perhaps you allow that at your meth lab factory. Censorship is part of life. Imagien what the world would be like without it.

CaserAnn said...

Awesome post, twisted, but awesome.

Anonymous said...

"I have only rejected on or two posts in the history of ever ~ and it was a long time ago." That's a bald-headed lie right there, jarlip.......you have not posted MANY of my comments, you chickenshiate..............

Jarhead said...
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Silicone Alley said...

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Jarhead said...
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wordkyle said...

wow.

Silicone Alley said...
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Silicone Alley said...

Correction. The other one messed up.

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wordkyle said...

I tried to come up with something clever, like that being a graphic representation of my love life. Then I saw lines 13, 15, 23 and 27, so that was out.

I also thought about saying it looked like my weekly planner, but I realized that my kids might see that comment some day, so that was out.

So I'll just settle for -- wow.

Anonymous said...

LOL Loved Sili's 3:15 comment. You go girl

Anonymous said...

For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.

Double Fake Van Halen

Anonymous said...

Cursing is the linguistic crutch of the illiterate-mother f@&#*er.

Double Fake George Carlin

Anonymous said...

I couldn't even figure out what the fuck we were even talking about.

Anonymous said...

Holy Fucking Batshit..BG..what the fuck is really going on here..?

Anonymous said...

am i dreaming or did jughead take over this blog ??

Anonymous said...

SillyCone funny.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a damned thing to say about all this but was wondering if I can still comment?

Hey Jar, that was my C-bomb you axed. Seems UNT with a capital SEA worked OK?