Blog housekeeping

My first ban

After his behavior in Monday’s post about the Geiers, I’ve reluctantly decided to issue my first ban ever on a commenter. The one on the receiving end?

Fore Sam. Is anyone surprised?

His rhetoric has become increasingly violent-sounding, with his posting comments suggesting that Kathleen Seidel should be taken out and horsewhipped. That’s over the top. I cannot tolerate threats, either explicit or implicit, against others in the comments on this blog and have come to agree with Kev. I thought about it a bit after Fore Sam’s remark above, and I’ve decided to ban him for 30 days. After that, I’ll lift the ban on an experimental basis (if I remember to bother). If he gets on my nerves too much again after that he’ll be banned forever.

Enough is enough.

I’ve been ridiculously patient with Fore Sam, so much so that it may have hurt the blog experience for the rest of my readers. I don’t mind vehement disagreement with me, but Fore Sam is either a Troll or a Ferrous Cranous, or perhaps a combination of the two, with a touch of Troglodyte thrown in for good measure.

I’ve come to realize that my desire to be fair may have overridden my better judgment and that I probably should have done this a long time ago. Certainly my wife would agree. (She’s been asking me for months why on Earth I put up with him.) Perhaps so do some other bloggers who have also banned him. Whatever mild amusement value Fore Sam’s idiotic ramblings might have provided, they’ were not worth putting up with increasingly violent rhetoric.

If anyone wants to see examples of what Fore Sam has “contributed” to various blogs and posted on his own blog, check out a compilation of his “greatest hits” compiled by Joseph.

I’ll give him one more chance in a month.

For any questions, see my comment policy.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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