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new rule

Thanks to a certain spineless coward (who is less anonymous than he thinks) taking potshots at myself and my friends behind the veil of history-less usernames and bogus email addresses, I have instituted a new functionality at this site:  if you are a first time commenter and your comment clears the standard spam traps and detectors I have installed, the site will send you a happy little email informing you that if you verify your email address by clicking on some link, your comment will go ahead and be approved without any input from me. 

This serves a two-fold purpose.  First, new commenters will not have to wait for me to get around to approving their comments, assuming they use legitimate email addresses.  Second, if you do not use a valid/reachable email address, the happy little email will bounce, and I will cheerfully, summarily delete your comment

If you have already commented here, this will not affect you.  If you want to comment here but do not want to share your email address with the site engine, email me at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net” and we will discuss it. 

I certainly do not demand that people comment under their carbon names and their work email addresses, but the days of cowardly lashing out against people from the safety of total anonymity are over. 

If you want the privilege of bad-talking my associates and me on my property, you are going to have to own your words. Deal with it. 

9 comments to new rule

  • I say you publicly expose this person. Cowards and cockroaches both flee in the light.

  • Volfram

    @ Erin Palette: I agree. Honestly I’m wondering why you didn’t expose him in “Figment of My Imagination” instead of simply laughing at him.

  • Reis Kash

    I agree with your new rules. I always use my real name because I stand up in front of and behind anything I say in public.

  • Reis Kash

    My first time on your site. It looks like just what I wanted.

  • @ Erin Palette: At this point, the evidence is purely circumstantial; it is enough to convince me, but I am hardly an unbiased observer. You all know me, and know that I do not say something unless I can back it up, and while IP addresses, geolocations, and patterns of behavior are a good start, they are not conclusive, at least for public dissemination. Plus I was an idiot and neglected to screencap the troll’s sad little attempt to conceal his identity before my traffic logging system cleared it from its free buffer.

    I can tell you, however, that the same person has seen both my comment to him in the previous post, and this post, and given the number of times he has refreshed both pages, I have his attention. I just wish he would get over his increasingly unhealthy obsession with me.

    @ Volfram: Because, if I am right, laughing at this person is the single worst thing I could ever do to him.

    @ Reis Kash: And while I appreciate and respect your willingness to do so, there are those of us amongst the community who cannot, or for whom the cost of doing so would be too high. As one of those people who uses a moniker – for one very good reason and a host of smaller ones – I understand this, and certainly will not hold people to a requirement I myself see no desire to meet. I think it is fair to say, though, that the name “Linoge” amongst the gunblogger community is my public identity for that community, and by using that name on everything I write, I am taking ownership of it. Granted, it gets a bit more complicated for newbies to the community, and then there is always the possibility/probability of interlopers masquerading as someone else, but still – I think we can all agree that folks who hide behind bogus usernames and fake email addresses are generally deserving of our scorn.

    Not sure what to make of your second comment, though.

  • Not sure what to make of your second comment, though.

    Simple praise?

  • Volfram

    @ Linoge: Well then. I appear to have underestimated your potential for dastardly plans. :D

  • @ John Hardin: Perhaps. But I am just cynical enough to wonder at the specific phrasing.

    @ Volfram: I have a mean streak; I just do not let it out to play very often.

  • I always miss the good drama.