Note to commenters about vitriol and frequency of commenting

Although I’m in Paris, I am reading comments, and have noticed two things:

1.) Certain people are dominating threads in posts, and doing it repeatedly. As I said in Da Roolz (rule 9):

Try not to dominate threads, particularly in a one-on-one argument. I’ve found that those are rarely informative, and the participants never reach agreement. A good guideline is that if your comments constitute over 10% of the comments on a thread, you’re posting too much.

Would people please pay attention to this? I don’t like truncating good discussion, but one-on-one arguments that run on and on remain unproductive, and please don’t get one going. Do your comments constitute more than 15% of a thread, and you do that often? Please refrain a bit.

2.) People are sometimes being nasty to each other, sometimes calling each other liars. Please knock it off: there will be no name-calling towards other commenters. If I see this again, I’ll give you a warning, and you’d better knock it off—and apologize if I ask you to. If you are into vitriol, please spew it on another site.

Thank you.

43 Comments

  1. Posted November 6, 2018 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks again Jerry. Some of the main reasons we come here every day!

  2. Posted November 6, 2018 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Must be all that vitrail spewing out of Paris.

    • JonLynnHarvey
      Posted November 7, 2018 at 12:01 am | Permalink

      You beat me to that pun.

  3. Gamall
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    “Please it off” ?

    I think you probably a word, here.

    • Blue
      Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      +1 = O, that is darling, Gamall !

      = happens all the time when one’s brain
      is working at Mach speed yet one’s fingertips
      are … … not !

      Blue

    • Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      Mother Nature will never be offended by a word.

    • Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      Yes,”knock” it off. Fixed, thanks.

  4. Posted November 6, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Jerry: I was borne an atheist; my parents molded me into a Christian; but now I’m back!

    • rickflick
      Posted November 6, 2018 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      One of a million stories in…the naked city. 😎

  5. Posted November 6, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Jerry: I was borne an atheist; my parents molded me into a Christian; but now I’m back!

    • Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      Mr. Maxwell, you’re deliberately flouting my request above, and the comments are fatuous. Please find another site to comment on.

  6. Posted November 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know whether I’m swimming with sharks here or tuna, but it’s fun!

  7. Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Take that back! Tuna are predatory too, sorry! By.

  8. nwalsh
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Question: Who is taking your picture?

  9. murali
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    If there is only one comment, does it constitute a thread?

    If there are no comments, then my adding a comment would mean that my comment would constitute 100%.

    If there is one comment by someone else, then my comment would constitute 50%.

    What did I get wrong? Would someone explain without being rude? Without insulting me?

    • murali
      Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      I get it! Before, I make my first comment, my comments would constitute 0%. So it is okay to make a comment 🙂

    • Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think that would be possible.

    • Dominic
      Posted November 7, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      I was working it out the other day, there must be at least 8 comments that makes each one 12.5% 😉

  10. Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Jerry: May I change my handle here to “Bill Maxwell – reborne atheist” Will you make that happen? I swear to less than 10%!

    • wonderer
      Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      He’s already exceeding 10%. Ban him.

      • Posted November 6, 2018 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

        Forgive me, I know not what I do.

      • Kevin
        Posted November 7, 2018 at 5:21 am | Permalink

        If we all write comments condemning Bill Maxwell, his contributions will fall below 10% which would make him statistically tolerable (due to no effort on his part), a condition which might prove a new experience for him.

        I’m afraid the 10% rule is prone to dilation and contraction (almost obstetric).

  11. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Christ, would that I could write fast enough to dominate a thread here sometime. I’m always plodding along on the keyboard, wondering what the next word is gonna be.

    • chris moffatt
      Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

      “lower than snake dick” seems to have a ring of premeditation about it.

      • Posted November 6, 2018 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

        love ya!

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

        Jeez, that one was at least a little bit funny. Plus, I didn’t personalize it; I simply said, employing the subjunctive mood, that if someone were to repeat the thoroughly debunked claim that the late John McCain was a traitor who ratted out his fellow POWs by giving aid and comfort to their North Vietnamese captors during his five and a half years of captivity in that Hanoi Hilton hellhole — well, anybody who would do something like that would be lower than snake dick.

        You’re not still sore about that little foofaraw are ya? Tell you what: you concede that the false and defamatory rumor against John McCain has been thoroughly debunked (per the citations I provided you at the time), and I’ll gladly make plain to all and sundry that the snake-dick crack doesn’t apply to you personally.

        Deal?

        • BJ
          Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:15 am | Permalink

          You know what, Ken? Since I’m not banned yet: Fuck you. Fuck you for having this good of a memory; fuck you for making jokes this funny and then being all like, “oh, that one? I guess that was mildly amusing ahuehuehue”; fuck you for being so damn charismatic; fuck you for being so witty and smart and knowing so many words; and fuck you for being so successful and generally much better than I am.

          Love ya, buddy 😛 You’re legit my second-best online friend.

          You know what’s weird? You’re like, 70, right? My best online friend is about to hit 60. I befriended him on Steam (it’s a platform for people to buy, play, discuss, etc. video games). He had posted a message on a particular game’s board saying that he bought the game hoping to get back into gaming, but it turns out that, having not played a single game since the days of the Atari 2600, he and his old-man brain and hands couldn’t grasp how things worked today. Anyway, I messaged him and offered to be his mentor and, for the last nearly two years, I’ve been directing him in what to play and practice and hardware and software to use so he could slowly learn how to play modern games. And, of course, we talk about other things.

          I could go on about that story and how sweet it’s been to see him progress over the last year and how happy I’ve been to help a ex-pat retiree in Japan learn his and his wife’s new favorite hobby, but my point is this: my two best online friends are weird old guys who are smarter than me. And I don’t know what that means.

          • rickflick
            Posted November 7, 2018 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

            It means you have good taste. 😎

            • BJ
              Posted November 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

              I don’t know if you meant it that way, but that sounds super gross 😛

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted November 7, 2018 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

            “You’re like, 70, right?”

            Only 65, so fuck you, too. 🙂

            (Oh, and thanks, buddy.)

            • BJ
              Posted November 7, 2018 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

              I should note that you’re my only two online “friends,” so the competition wasn’t stiff. Technically, you came in last 😛 But the fact that, over my two decades online, you’re one of only two people with whom I’ve developed enough of a rapport and regular interaction to consider calling an “online friend” is definitely a point in your favor. You should be proud to be called “online friend” by someone as respected and prominent a figure as I.

  12. caroline burton
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, but I think some of the comments on here in response to Jerry’s very reasonable demands, are very childish. Please do refrain from one-on-one arguments and personal attacks on other readers. There is enough nastiness and vitriol online already, and it is very off-putting.

  13. Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Seems to me that even we good guys and gals here are sometimes being adversely affected/infected by the Trumpian morass we currently live in. May it go away soon. And may we be kind to each other.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted November 7, 2018 at 6:13 am | Permalink

      Just for the sake of not wasting anyone’s time I’ll post the following comments, so that all faux-outraged Trump supporters don’t feel the need to trot them out for the billionth time…

      ‘It’s comments like this that make people vote Trump.’

      ‘Congratulations – I’ve always been an independent voter but you made me change my mind and now I’m voting for Trump.’

      There you go. Now you guys don’t have to waste time typing them out 🙂

  14. David Coxill
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    No Comment .

    • Kevin
      Posted November 7, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

      Are you talkin’ to ME? Are YOU talkin’ to me?

      • David Coxill
        Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

        The boss has accused me of commenting too much on certain topics ,so i am keeping shtum .

  15. Zetopan
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Due to Jerry’s roolz this is a non sequitur.


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