Asking for Patience and the Ability to Ignore

Gentle readers.

I turned off the comment moderation.  I don't like it,  you don't like it and so we'll go back to the way we have done it since this blog started.

Most of you have noticed that we now have a person (and most of us know who it is) that blames me for his shortcomings in life.  He is being vicious and unkind and some of you even find his comments to be threatening to me.  That he has even stooped to saying hurtful things about my late husband speaks volumes about his lack of character and humanity.

Not to worry; I don't.

What I ask is for your patience AND to please ignore him.  Do not answer anything he says.  Answering him will only egg him on.

While I'm sure this immature behavior is the highlight of his day, let's not give him any kind of attention.

If we ignore him, he has no audience. 


Anonymous said…
Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

Jan said…
Thanks for "permission" to ignore, Melissa. You are absolutely right -- but it often feels like I am being "complicit" in not calling out bad behavior. I will happily ignore from here on out.

Anonymous said…
"Mr. Scroll-Past" still causing trouble? I wouldn't know.

Keep on Scrolling!

Eric B said…
From one of my favorite geeky bands comes a perfect song for this schmo:
Anonymous said…
The Black Lives Matter campaign in detail raises some worrying queries. For example, on its website, the group claims that “every 28 hours a black man, woman, or child is murdered by police or vigilante law enforcement.” That is a deeply questionable claim. According to the Washington Post, which is running a tally, 155 black people have been killed by police so far this year—out of 607 total. That is not quite one every 28 hours—but no matter. What is important, however, is that less than a tenth of this total was unarmed, 24 of whom were black. So to state that every black person killed by a police officer in a country as violent as America is “murdered” is inaccurate. Sure, 155 people killed by police is too many, and 607 is a problem, but of those who were black 85% were armed.

dw said…
Something to remember about responding vs. ignoring trolls on a semi-moderated forum.

If no one responds it makes Melissa's job much easier if/when she decides it's necessary to delete comments. In particular, DO NOT QUOTE THE TROLL. As soon as people engage, it becomes trickier for her to decide how much she wants to exercise editorial privileges, and sometimes the troll "wins".

It's far easier to click a "Delete comment" button than it is to compose a comment, so it's usually a losing battle for trolls -- as long as other members can avoid the temptation to engage.

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