Friday, November 25, 2005

Comment moderation has been temporarily turned on

I didn't want to do it.

I really didn't, but an anonymous commenter left me little choice.

Unfortunately, in response to my post revealing that I'd been punked (as Ginger put it) by J. B. Handley, an anonymous commenter, apparently unhappy that I had revealed J. B.'s little deception, started flooding this blog with comments that no blogger could permit, because they bordered on the kind of cyberstalking that I haven't seen since Usenet. So, sad to say, comment moderation has been temporarily turned on, meaning that, for now, comments will have to be approved by me before they appear. I'm sorry about this, everyone. Hopefully I won't need to leave moderation turned on for very long.

Please don't let moderation stop you, though. As you can see, I didn't delete Mr. Best's very hostile comment. I'll probably even approve comments by J. B. himself if he happens to show up to justify his actions, assuming he doesn't pull the same fast one the anonymous commenter did. (Anonymous comments will still be OK.) I haven't decided yet whether I will announce it in a separate post when I decide to turn moderation off again, because such an announcement might be noted and draw these nasties back.

8 example(s) of insolence returned:


At 11/25/2005 9:18 PM, Anonymous Dawncnm said...

Gee, Orac. I don't look at the blog for a few days and miss all the excitement. Sorry you got punked and even more sorry that you now have to moderate all comments due to some nasty slimy persons. Personally, I'd like Mr Handley to meet my cousin, who, although she was never vaccinated in her life (due to family history of severe allergies to eggs and other things) was diagnosed as severely autistic a long time ago. Her parents went through a lot of the altie testing but since they couldn't put a label on her problem, they dropped her like a rotten egg (can't chelate if the tests don't show any mercury and can't blame vaccines if she's never had any). My cousin has been in therapy and treatment for many years, with some waxing and waning of symptoms, and slow overall improvement. But, her parents' lives aren't easy.

 

At 11/25/2005 10:00 PM, Anonymous Lei said...

While I think everyone has a right to their own opinion (regardless of how ill informed), there was no call for Handley to squat on a domain that obviously has nothing to do with his message. I'm sorry you have to deal with such immaturity!

 

At 11/26/2005 1:09 AM, Blogger Bartholomew Cubbins said...

Kev may be able to help with id'ing the offender via his IP (or collection by using dial-up). I'll bet it's the same guy.

Depending on what the guy is saying, you may consider dropping a complaint given the guy's status in an organization in which he and other members have made serious anti-government statements.

If it's just idiotic swearing and calling himself socrates, well then sorry that you have to deal with him.

 

At 11/26/2005 3:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alternative medicine supporters and creationists sometimes say that people are not qualified to judge their claims if they are not scientists and/or doctors (And obviously doctors and scientists are biased and can't be trusted to judge their claims objectively). So some people get to thinking that they have no way of knowing who is right and they may end up trusting alties in hope of some miracle cure or creationist because of religious authority. Prime example of this kind of thinking was shown by Scott Adams some time ago in his blog.

My answer to such claims is to judge between tactics used and deeds done. Mr. Handley's actions in this matter show very clearly his morals and whether he can be trusted or not. You do not need a degree in medicine to notice the stink.

Punster the librarian

 

At 11/26/2005 8:52 AM, Blogger The Probe said...

As a target of one of usenet's most infamous cyberstalkers, I can understand why you needed to eliminate personal information. The alt crazies skip the intelligent discussion part, and go directly to trashing those with whom they disagree.

As you know, one of my heroes is Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, whose decisions lead to the term "free marketplace of ideas", a concept which I cherish.

However, he also was the author of the "clear and present danger test" and these crazies clearly step over that line on occasion. Imagine if you posted their personal information.

As for what you removed, is is possible to selectively edit and leave the rest? If not, could you send a copy to those of us who missed it? We, too, deserve a good laugh.

 

At 11/27/2005 4:12 PM, Anonymous HCN said...

While I was busy finding the cached links to JP's blog, I came across some other "angels" (sometimes I had to choose specific search terms, the combination of Orac and supportvaccination.org created almost 900 hits!). I thought these were interesting "angels" from another side of the story (including the style of web design):

http://www.meningitis-angels.org/earthboundangels.htm
and
http://www.meningitis-angels.org/heavenboundangels.htm ...
and their other page:
http://www.thevaccinators.org/Vaccine_preventable_disease_personal%20stories.html

 

At 2/02/2006 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, made the mistake of typing the wrong URL for your blog, and wound up at the Handley site. Being a new, fairly green (as well as silver-haired - actually zero-haired) surfer of the net, I didn't understand what was going on. Thanks for cluing me in.

It occurs to me that Handley is living dangerously, as it is possible that some of your 'followers' might be childish enough, or angry enough, to launch a counter attack on his cyber-presence.

 

At 2/02/2006 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about my typo. It should be "clueing"

 

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