On Decorum

Let me begin this post by saying that I greatly appreciate the support I have received from my readers over the past year or so while dealing with Team Kimberlin.

However, some of the comments that I am now seeing here at Hogewash! require redaction because of offensive or otherwise inappropriate content. Some have had to be trashed.

I have no problem with anyone ridiculing any of the members of Team Kimberlin. I have no problem with comments that point out their mistakes and foolishness. I do have a problem with vulgarity and gratuitous comments about third parties (especially family members who have no connection to a controversy. I will not tolerate any threats. As I have done in the past, I will forward any explicit threats against any person to law enforcement.

I encourage vigorous comments, but some of you need to clean up your acts if you want to keep posting here.

I remind all commenters that my allowing any particular comment to remain posted cannot be taken as an endorsement of its contents. Just because I allow someone into join the conversation here does not mean I agree with him.

Finally, as it says in The Fine Print, “Any comment posted to the site remains the property of the originator of the comment who is solely responsible for the content of his comment.”

Science Confirms: Trolls Are Jerks

At least, that’s what Slate is reporting. Here are the money quotes:

The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).

And …

But study author Buckels actually isn’t sure that fix is a realistic one. “Because the behaviors are intrinsically motivating for sadists, comment moderators will likely have a difficult time curbing trolling with punishments (e.g., banning users),” she said by email. “Ultimately, the allure of trolling may be too strong for sadists, who presumably have limited opportunities to express their sadistic interests in a socially-desirable manner.”

Well, that certainly agrees with my experience on the Interwebz.

Read the whole thing.