Thursday, April 10, 2008

Change in Comment Policy

This doesn't mean that this blog is necessarily becoming active again, but I've decided I need to change my comment policy, as you can see in the blog's description above. The new policy is basically the same lenient policy I've had before specifically designed to encourage critical comments and rebuttals. In general, comments are not deleted unless they clearly violate Blogger's content policy. Messages that violate the policy include things like spam, threats of violence or death, pornography and so forth. In addition to this, from now on I will delete any comments from the following persons:
  • John Best Jr. (AKA Fore Sam)

As everyone knows, John does not contribute to any discussion in any productive way, and simply disrupts comment threads. Furthermore, recently he has made unacceptable personal accusations which he cannot support. For this reason, he is the first commenter to be permanently banned from this blog.


  1. Might just be easier to turn on comment moderation. Otherwise, you will be removing comments all the damn time.

  2. I don't like comment moderation when I encounter it in other Blogger blogs, so I'll try this. He'll get tired of it eventually.

  3. I told him he wasn't allowed to comment on my blog months before I shut it down. He'd still try, but he gave up. He tried to post one after I had stopped blogging for quite a while, too.

    There are a few other blogs that totally don't allow any comments from him. I think it's an appropriate way to handle him. He's beyond the pale.

  4. "He'll get tired of it eventually."

    He hasn't yet. He's been getting himself banned everywhere, and still he hasn't stopped bring like that.

    It's a pathology.

    "I think it's an appropriate way to handle him."

    Yes. It's how many deal with him.

    "He's beyond the pale."

    You can say that again.

  5. The hilarious thing about all this is that he THINKS I've stopped blogging!! He's included me in the list on his blog about "conceding defeat".


    David's got a point. Best won't tire of it, because in his world he is right and we're all wrong. It's the Aspie in him that's crying to get out. He won't stop unless he is forcibly stopped.

    I for one continue to fight him in my own way. Maybe I haven't updated my section on him for awhile, but that's because March/April is the busiest time of the year for me.

    You know you're on the right side of the debate, Joseph. We all are. It's a shame that Best is so wilfully stupid that he can't see that he is harming his own son with this sort of behaviour.

    And he's not the only one *wise look at Jenny McCarthy*.

  6. Best can only be cured by Dr. Kevorkian. He is beyond any other treatment.

  7. I have a problem with censorship and not that much of a problem with people being their own best advertisement for stupidity. I mean seriously - the guy's permanently on the 19th hole, why not let him be?

    What I have real problems with is the likes of Harold Doherty - people with an agenda who vett the kind of comment allowed and will not allow any through that expose them as fallible in the myriad ways that we are all, frankly, fallible.

    A recent case in point is the owner of the blog - The Crux of the Matter. Over the debacle of Kathleen's subpoena, I read a lot of the blogs postings including hers. Hers was interesting because along with the support for Kathleen was a statement to the effect that she did not agree with the 'neurodiversity' standpoint and using the description of neurodiversity proposed for us by the likes of Harold Doherty. I thought that could do with some clarification, so I very politely wrote a brief post on the fallacies of actually trying for an operational definition of neurodiversity along with the fact that if you embrace the concept of neurodiversity, you cannot possibly give credence to the concept of neurotypicality since the two are mutually exclusive - in my book at any rate. The post, I thought got lost in the ether, but given the subsequent discussion of neurodiversity, I suspect that the lady, who is an expert in special education, didn't want this post on her blog - censorship in other words. Censoring thought in this way is antithetical to every enlightenment principle I hold dear - and leaves me with a rather jaundiced opinion of those who feel the need to do so.

    Now, possibly the lady got upset by the 'tone' of my post. I try to be polite but to be honest I don't have much of a clue how it comes across and generally just hope for the best.

  8. Alyric - I've brought up the issue with Harold before. My recommendation to him would be to state his comment policy even if it is, as it seems, "I'll arbitrarily disapprove any comments I don't like."

  9. Does Londonderry, NH have a Department of Child Protective Services? Just askin'.

  10. Alyric - Sandy has heard from us before. In fact, she went so far as to concede she was wrong about her notion of what Neurodiversity was - but that post, and all the comments were removed by her and she went back to her same old song. Check out the conversation around here on Michelle's board and also the comments here on Steve's blog

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  12. That was clearly John impersonating his own son. I don't even care if it was John, because under my comment policy, impersonations are not allowed.

  13. Thanks jypsy

    Been there and done that, so I see:)

    Why, I wonder, if you look at something as a difference, which may be entirely neutral, neither good nor bad and another point I made to Sandy, do people get up in arms about it. I thought this was a pretty well accepted 'social model of disability' precept, not original in any way.

  14. " At 4/11/2008 9:06 AM, Anonymous Sam Best said...

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    At 4/11/2008 9:13 AM, Blogger Joseph said...

    That was clearly John impersonating his own son. I don't even care if it was John, because under my comment policy, impersonations are not allowed."

    He can't give it up, can he? I said so... I'm right.

    It's pathological.

  15. I think there is a diffeence between editorial control and censorship. Visitors to my blog have the right to expect the discussion to be on topic and conducted with decorum like a well run public meeting.

  16. David, I think it's worse that pathological to be honest. The man is obsessed beyond belief. It's not without reason I call him a meglomaniac.

    Quite right, Mike.

  17. Since you are far too nice a person to say what should be said about his victory speech...

    I will.

  18. Clearly, John is delusional if he thinks that being banned from a blog is some sort of victory. I trust any reasonable person can see that. I guess the only victory for him is that he's the king of all trolls, as demonstrated from his being banned from most forums and blogs he happens to step into.

  19. You're surprised he's delusional, Joseph? I've known that for well over 12 months! :)

    Good luck, Bob! If you try to comment on Best's blog he'll mod you out.

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  21. "I guess the only victory for him is that he's the king of all trolls..."

    As if that's an accolade!

    What an idiot...

  22. Veritas is John Best. John, in case I wasn't clear, any and all of your sockpuppets are banned as well.

  23. "John, in case I wasn't clear, any and all of your sockpuppets are banned as well."

    Holy shite!

    Is he really that thick?

    (Question was rhetorical; of course he is, otherwise he wouldn't have been stupid enough to have tried a sockpuppet on!)

  24. Let's put it this way, David. Take the sort of wall that would be required to withstand a nuclear explosion - then triple it.

    THAT is how thick Best is.

  25. Joseph,

    Thanks for the correction on Ms. Seidel's first name. It has been changed.

    Since I was here, I decided to read awhile.

    I believe you still have a free and open policy towards commenting. As a Libertarian, I despise censorship. However, I have to disagree with Alyric because I do not agree that it applies in this circumstance.

    Just as a verbally abusive patron would be forcibly removed from any brick and mortar establishment, you have the right to ban an abusive commenter.

    Being abusive, name calling and ... unacceptable personal accusations... are not forms of free speech. It is speech to incite and/or provoke hate, unrest and discontent; therefore John Best's rights are not being infringed upon.

    Just my two cents, which at today's prices is mostly insignificant.


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  27. Hey guys,
    May I know who's this John Best Jr. (AKA Fore Sam)?

  28. John Best would not merely be removed from any brick-and-mortar establishment. There are numerous in parts of the world where they would cut his tongue out first. He would probably be the first person to suffer such a fate that I would point and laugh at, too.

    I find it deeply offensive that anyone would suggest there is any Aspie in him. He is normalism personnified. His inability to think anything through, to see the logical consequences of his propositions, stands as testament to that. Many a time he has been challenged by myself and others to go without the things he would not have if the autistic had never been allowed to exist. That he still logs into the Internet, administers potentially lethal drugs to his child, and indeed turns on a light switch, is testament to the fact that he simply cannot do this.

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