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Warning to commenters

Warning to commenters

The comment section has become ugly lately particularly as regards posts regarding the Zimmerman case.

You all know who you are.

I hate having to do this, but anyone who engages in personal attacks on other commenters or tries to publish personal information about other commenters will be banned. No further warnings given.

I don’t care how long you have been here.

While I value commenters, I don’t have time or the desire to play schoolyard monitor.


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Good for you, Professor; it is your blog, you get to set the rules! That is a great rule, with fair warning!

Like I tell my kids, you have to stand for something or you will fall for anything. I’m glad you are standing for setting socially acceptable parameters : )))))))))

Bravo Sir William of Cornell..

Well I learn a lot from reading everyone’s opinions and the links they provide. I’d love to keep it confined to that.

theduchessofkitty | July 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Good, Professor!

At least I stuck to the topic.

Still, there are two things that I still stick to in this whole Zimmerman mess:

1. Some people want to see him lynched. They want their pound of flesh, no matter what. (See Black Panther Party,
2. He should have left the country a long time ago and never given himself in to the authorities, who obviously know in their minds it is NOT in their best interests to give him a fair trial at all, even though the evidence speaks for itself.

Phillep Harding | July 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

You _are_ watching for Joe Jobs, right?

I hope you realize that you wouldn’t have been able to become a schoolyard monitor without the help of many other people. While you might think you built the school you are wrong, it was built by many other people. The roads to that school were provided by many happy hands paying taxes for the common good. The children were made by happy unskilled workers who enjoyed their work. You are not an island, no schoolyard monitor is.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Anchovy. | July 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Although your wit is to be commended, the moral of your lefty story is feeble compared to this fable.

    LukeHandCool (who recommends everyone shake hands and let bygones be bygones and bear in mind that potential new commenters might be put off by anything seeming like a catty atmosphere … life is too short … let’s all be friends … and who thinks people would do well to imitate Warner Bros’s Goofy Gophers at times … you know those two cute little guys: “The crux of each four-frame strip was the ridiculousness of the characters’ over-politeness preventing their ability to get on with the task at hand. The pair’s dialogue is peppered with such over-politeness as “Indubitably!”, “You first, my dear,” and “But, no, no, no. It must be you who goes first!” We should all treat each other like Goofy Gophers).

    LukeHandCool in reply to Anchovy. | July 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Check this out!

    “Man gets in trouble for filling town potholes.”

    The government didn’t fix this road. This man made that happen!

    Warren’s “the rest of us” is finally found. It’s this guy!

I get the funny impression that I kicked a troll and he run amuck.

I’m sorry…

(OK, not really.)

Dang, I missed that post. Gotta go catch up on the fight! Must have been a doozey.

Ashamed, I am, that this post became necessary.

That’s all.

All of us are capable of producing a comment designed to upset, irritate, or enrage others. And then spend the next several hours debasing others’ responses, trying to get them to see our viewpoint, further agitating them. I suppose for some this is their entertainment for the day. It really boils down to a problem of excessive pride. That’s my opinion and it is not disputable.

Juba Doobai! | July 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Danged straight, Wm.

1. Comments affect a blog’s success.

When the comment section is clicking, LI is 30% better than it would be without commenters. When the comment section is toxic, LI is 30% worse than it would be without commenters.

2. I’ve said this before: when LI becomes the first blog to do an IPO, as a regular commenter I want to buy in at the insider price!

3. If I haven’t been banned, that is: I try not to say anything divisive before the election, but after November 6 there is a thing or few to get off my chest. 😉

Someon the the Internet disagrees with me!

    take it from me, you get used to it 🙂 🙂
    it still hurts though 🙁

      logos in reply to dmacleo. | July 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm


      I’ve recently encountered a word on other websites (Iownthwworld and the other mccain, and others) which is new to me, and which describes this particular emotion:


Cassandra Lite | July 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

William Golding would approve. See, we’re supposed to police ourselves. When we don’t, Lord of the Flies quickly ensues, and the controlling legal authority has to step in. Pretty disgusting. Anybody who’s ever watched a bar fight or even a civil riot knows how quickly order turns to disorder.

This site has been such a breath of fresh air–that rare place to express serious ideas and exchange opinions without fear of ad hominems and sharpened fingernails. The few times in the past when a troll has snuck in, few people have taken the bait; civility prevailed. (The worst that happened was that dozens of people pressed the dislike button, sometimes even because they didn’t understand the comment.)

Everyone owes Jacobson ten Hail Marys.

There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened.

Kind of relieved I missed whatever it was for a change…

    WarEagle82 in reply to WarEagle82. | July 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Well, I went back and waded through the comments.

    They prove one thing. Rags has GOT to be a lawyer ’cause a whole bunch of people are hatin’ on the poor guy! Only lawyers can inspire that kind of love!

    Rags is a pretty good guy making some pretty rational posts. I don’t get the vitriol…

People need to get off their asses and get involved, instead of just posting.
My tea party meeting last night had 100 people. They call congress members and DO something.
I love LI, and the site I write for, but if you think that your opinion on a blog is important without following it up with action, then you are a moron wasting your time.

Get active, and DO something.

    WarEagle82 in reply to Tamminator. | July 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I have always wondered why so many TEA Party events are held at noon on weekdays. I mean most TEA Party folks have jobs and actually need to work! We aren’t democrats living off the government dole, you know…

      Tamminator in reply to WarEagle82. | July 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      I don’t know where you live warE, but I’ve never been to a Tea party event that meets during the day. Keep searching.

      Got a great action item from the one last night, and found out from a State Senator who spoke how the EPA is trying to stop nickel mining in Minnesota.
      The nickel is so abundant that we could make North Dakota look like pikers because we’d kill Russian nickel production and make tons of money for Minnesota.

      Ever heard that before? I learned it from a tea party meeting.

        Tamminator in reply to Tamminator. | July 17, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        By the way, that’s a lesson for all Americans. If you want to know what government is doing, go to a city council meeting.

        I turned my Dem girlfriend into a Republican after she attended ONE school board meeting.

        You want to know what’s happening in government? It starts locally. Go to a meeting and voice your opinion.
        Get off your ass and go.

        WarEagle82 in reply to Tamminator. | July 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        Mid-day, weekdays are kind of a regular thing in these parts. You must not be in a real TEA Party…

LukeHandCool | July 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Is it just you guys or is the Professor kinda sexy when he’s issuing stern warnings?

Time for the Professor to do his Burt Reynolds on a bear skin rug poster?

    SoCA Conservative Mom in reply to LukeHandCool. | July 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    It’s all perspective. I’d take it more as being called to the principal’s office knowing your mother is there waiting for you.

JackRussellTerrierist | July 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Okay, okay, okay, goldangit!!!!


Charles Curran | July 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

If you don’t think that the ‘Comment Section’ can screw up a blog, check out Don Suber’s blog.