Just a quick note for folks considering leaving comments…

If you’re so paranoid that you’re going to make your name “a” and your email address “a@a.com” then don’t bother leaving a comment cause I’m just gonna trash it like I just did with the last person who tried it. And every person who’s tried it before you.

I don’t have a lot of rules when it comes to commenting and I’m sure more than a few people use fake email addresses when leaving comments, but the above irritates the hell out of me. It makes sock puppeting way too easy.

Besides that, why should I give a shit about anything you might have to say if you’re too big of a pussy to even pretend to leave valid info?

12 thoughts on “Just a quick note for folks considering leaving comments…

  1. Some people just don’t like spam which is why they employ bogus/disposable email addresses.

    I’d be careful what you wish for in advising trolls to use better addresses. Some of them may take you up on the offer.

  2. I don’t know if this is my real email or not?
    or if it’s even got my current info.
    It pays to be careful.
    I used to use my real name and address but had so much spam
    I spent most of the time cleaning it out, some
    Email companies send junk mail to your home address.
    But I do see your point to a certain degree.
    if someone is going to start a argument they should try to do
    a little more than ‘a’ or ‘anonymous’
    (sorry my grammar is bad and probably punctuation)
    One or Two People have been stalked or killed for leaving comments
    on websites that someone did not like…

  3. Are temporary emails okay?
    I almost entered a mailinator email first time I was here.

  4. SEB (Les?),
    I use a Firefox add-on called “Web-Of-Trust” (WOT), which displays “safety” ratings based on the votes/recommendations of registered users. SEB is scoring solid reds across the board, Privacy, Child Safety, Trustworthiness, etc. Usually that’s limited to sites which sell your email/etc to spammers/etc.

    It may be because of a campaign by… assholes… or it may be that your ad-server (google/amazon?) was hit by malware, I don’t know. But whenever I see that red circle, I hesitate using a genuine email address. (Actually, I hesitate using the site at all.)

    http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/stupidevilbastard.com

  5. OK, allow me to say that I have no problem with folks using temporary or throwaway email addresses, though it often means I have to keep re-validating your comments because the address keeps changing. System 64! User is a prime example. WordPress moderates the FIRST comment you leave under a particular email address which I then have to look at and approve. Once I’ve done that one time your comments won’t be moderated again unless you use a different email address or write a comment with an excessive amount of links (I think it’s like 6 or 10 or something). We don’t publish email addresses in the comments specifically so they don’t get spam harvested. We also don’t sell our list of addresses to anyone. Hell, I don’t think anyone’s ever offered to buy it. I only recommend people use a real email address so they can be notified of new replies in a thread if they want to participate in the discussion easily. I recommend registering only because it cuts down the amount of info you have to provide to comment (it just gives you a comment box when you’re logged in and it bypasses all moderation other than the First Comment rule). My point was just that the name “A” and email address “a@a.com” was just being insulting. And I get enough of that already.

    Paul wrote:

    SEB (Les?),
    I use a Firefox add-on called “Web-Of-Trust” (WOT), which displays “safety” ratings based on the votes/recommendations of registered users. SEB is scoring solid reds across the board, Privacy, Child Safety, Trustworthiness, etc. Usually that’s limited to sites which sell your email/etc to spammers/etc.
    It may be because of a campaign by… assholes… or it may be that your ad-server (google/amazon?) was hit by malware, I don’t know. But whenever I see that red circle, I hesitate using a genuine email address. (Actually, I hesitate using the site at all.)
    http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/stupidevilbastard.com

    Paul, I’ve never heard of Web of Trust before, but I find the results it provides for SEB to be highly amusing. I think a clue is the comments which say things like: “Not for religious people, but it’s certainly safe.” and “Great blog, not really for children though. The author is exceptionally smart and not afraid to express his opinion.” and my favorite “Honest blogger. Not for the closed minded.”

    I guess it comes down to what you consider “safe” to mean. If you mean is my site a source of malware or am I trying to sell you craptastic products, then the answer is no. If by safe you mean will my beliefs and opinions be challenged in a way that may make me uncomfortable, then the answer is probably yes.

    I find that on any site which crowd sources opinions my blog often fares poorly because I have a lot of opinions that a lot of people don’t like. I’m OK with that as I’m not doing this to win popularity contests, but because I have a need to speak my mind. Often times it’s as pointless as screaming into the wind, but it makes me feel better so I do it anyway.

    I keep meaning to sit down and write a proper privacy policy. Been thinking about it for the past (almost) 10 years. May be another 10 before I get around to it.

  6. Oh, I should also mention that, yes, I do have the Google ad on the right and I do participate in the Amazon associates program (including the ad at the bottom of the screen). The idea was to recoup some of the cost of running the site, but I’m lucky if I see a payment once every three years from either company. I should probably give up on both of them, but they make me feel like a real blogger so I keep them around anyway.

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