A Note on Comments

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

I’ve banned two people since I opened this site up to comments again.

I basically take a hands-off approach to comments. And I don’t mind disagreement, even heated disagreement. But there are a few things I’m not going to tolerate. I’ll delete the first couple of offenses. Repeated violations will get you banned.

Here’s what not to leave in the comments section:

  • Spam.

  • 2,500 word treatises and manifestos.
  • Racism and bigotry.
  • Death threats or calls for someone to be killed.
  • Personal attacks on me, my friends, my family, my upbringing, my education, etc. Call me thin-skinned if you like, but I’m not going to be insulted on my own blog. I do this because I enjoy it. The second guy I banned called me a “fat farm state hick,” a “god damn baby,” and a “fucking little turd,” then wondered why I “can’t handle a little disagreement” when I banned him.

    That out of the way . . . as you were.

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  • 27 Responses to “A Note on Comments”

    1. #1 |  Packratt | 

      You know, I always wanted to ask you if you got intimidating messages or death threats for what you write and what you do about it if you did… especially with your stories on police professionalism.

      I get death threats from the police for what I write about police misconduct, and it’s very disconcerting and intimidating to say the least… I guess comment moderation is the only way to deal with it unfortunately.

      I’m glad you don’t get put off by it or let it stop you from reporting on stories that need to be put out there. Thank you for that!

    2. #2 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      Can I still hate on the Colts?

    3. #3 |  Jack | 

      Poopie head.

    4. #4 |  Lee | 

      So bascially you banned a 13 year old? ;)

      Act like an adult and people will treat you like one. Act like a child and you get a time-out.

    5. #5 |  Lee | 

      After persuing the various news websites and seeing the various pictures of British cops wrestling a protestor to the ground, I wondered if that were occuring in the US how many would have just been tasered and how many of those would have died?

    6. #6 |  Tom | 

      Not related but- I just watched the 20th anniversary edition of Cops. They wouldn’t have had much good material for that show if drugs were legal.

    7. #7 |  Michael Pack | 

      I’m always amazed that people say things on a site like this that would garner a punch in the nose on the street.My wife ask me several years ago why I just turn away when she gets mad.She has a temper.I told hear when someone yells and resorts to foul language they’ve lost the debate.Why bother responding?

    8. #8 |  airforce | 

      If I don’t get at least one death threat a day, I don’t feel like I’m doing my job. And these aren’t always idle threats; some of them come from killers. Thankfully, most of them come from drunks.

      Of course, I work at the county jail, so I guess I’m a little warped anyway.

    9. #9 |  EdinTally | 

      …still open season on socialists right? :)

    10. #10 |  Chris Farley | 

      I suggest an open-thread insult-fest. You could even make it a contest and judge our skills at insulting you.

      The winner gets to go to dinner with you. And, as an apology for insulting you, the winner has to pay for the meal.

    11. #11 |  Frank | 

      Packratt: Threats from police officers should be taken seriously. As in trace them down, identify the officer, and send copies to that officer’s chief and every member of the polity that hired said officer.

      Police officers that throw their weight around like that should be making french fries for a living, not carrying a gun in the name of society.

    12. #12 |  JJH2 | 


      “Socialism” and “capitalism” are contested words. As a matter of historical record, capitalism has traditionally NOT meant “the free market.” People specify “laissez-faire capitalism” because it has long been recognized that the two concepts are not the same; there are many ‘varieties’ of capitalism, and it was traditionally understood as a system of state privilege on behalf of capitalists (the oppose of laissez-faire). It might also mean simply the fact of ownership of the means of production by a professional investment class.

      Similarly, while people often now associate “socialism” with something amounting to government control of the economy, the phrase has just as long been understood as the idea of the workers themselves owning the means of production. In the latter sense, socialism is perfectly compatible with laissez-faire, or the free market. For example, worker’s cooperatives or worker-owned and managed firms are perfectly compatible with a free market, and fit snugly into what might best be understood as the libertarian socialist tradition (inhabited by, among others, Benjamin Tucker).

      Any libertarian movement that’s genuinely concerned with building a broad coalition of like-minded individuals should be more concerned with exploring commonalities and _ideas_ rather than knee-jerk labeling.

    13. #13 |  pris | 

      It never occured to me that someone would be out of sorts on this blog- but there are crazies everywhere. The fact that you still post about the Colts adds to the mystery. How about that new baseball stadium?

    14. #14 |  Packratt | 

      @ #11, Frank:

      Oh, I take it seriously, I expect to get shot whenever I leave my home or have my door busted down. Not much I can do about it though.

      I’ve tried reporting it, but a department that won’t even do anything about officers who harass other officers and call them rats when they cooperate with internal investigations doesn’t appear interested in doing anything about threats and intimidation aimed at a police accountability blog from their own officers either.

      Thanks for the suggestion though, I do appreciate it.

    15. #15 |  Vermin Kol | 

      If I limit my manifesto to 2499 words is that acceptable?

    16. #16 |  wade | 

      What about taunting? Is it ok to say someones mother was an hamster and their father smells of elderberries?

    17. #17 |  billy-jay | 

      Right on, Radley.

    18. #18 |  Tokin42 | 

      Leatherwood, I think dissin the colts can rightly be considered “fighting words”

    19. #19 |  John | 

      But snide comments about celebrities having nothing to do with the topic at hand are still okay? What was Britney thinking?

    20. #20 |  troy | 

      These are fair enough rules.

    21. #21 |  The Democratic Republican | 

      Right on, Radley. I wish they would do more of this at reason and other blogs. I never understood why people thought that being anonymous online meant that rules of manners and respect no longer applied. I guess some people want a free pass on being…well, I almost made a hypocrite of myself. :)

    22. #22 |  Danno49 | 

      Um, monkey butler.

    23. #23 |  johncjackson | 

      I once called someone a name in the old days ( maybe 2003 or so or whenever comments were allowed) and all hell broke loose. I guess I was used to saltier discourse at the time. I have grown up a lot since then.

    24. #24 |  Packratt | 

      I apologize to anyone trying to access my site now, it appears that either there are some technical difficulties or Google killed my entire email and blogging account due to complaints by police officers.

      Thank you to those who did take the time to visit and read about what is happening up here in Seattle, I appreciate it!

    25. #25 |  Brian | 

      is this an appropriate time to say, “pwn3d!”?

    26. #26 |  claude | 

      I must have missed one heck of a thread within the last few days.

    27. #27 |  jeff | 

      I’m a new reader and enjoy surfing your site when I can. Your comments are funny, your writing is interesting and your thoughts are your own. Good stuff overall.

      Oh, by-the-way, I’m an anti-statist…so, other than your love of State, I enjoy the blog.