Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Here’s the TKPOTD from seven years ago today.

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We had a bit of concern trolling in the comment section over the last couple of days with lots of advice on how I should deal with various legal matters. I believe I will stick with the advice I’ve been given by real world lawyers.

OTOH, I suppose I can let the Gentle Readers (and the Team Kimberlin lurkers) in on the basic principle of my strategy: winning.

Meanwhile, everything is pro … oh, you know the rest.

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Yep, pretty much as I had foreseen.

The Consequences of Commenting

I occasionally honor requests to remove comments from Hogewash!. For example, a frequent commenter who wished to remain anonymous mistakenly used his actual identity when making a comment. I took that comment down at his request. However, I recently received a request to delete some comments which I don’t intend honor. In that instance, a third party was objecting to comments which appear to be true and which add to the discussions of the topics raised in the related posts, and the third party was demanding that the commenter take them down. As far as I’m concerned, they’ll stay up.

Comments are permitted at my sole discretion. They are removed at my sole discretion. This is from the Terms of Service found on The Fine Print page.

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. Posting or attempting to post a comment to the site grants a royalty-free license to Hogewash! and its owner to reproduce the comment or any portion of it in any medium without limitation to the place or time of use or publication. Allowing a comment to appear on the site does not constitute an endorsement of its contents.

Note that even attempting to post a comment here gives me a royal-free license to reproduce that comment not only at Hogewash! but also anywhere else.

If a third party wants comments stricken, he can follow the procedure set forward in this site’s Terms of Service.

CORRECTIONS POLICY

Hogewash! is not in the business of spreading false information about anyone or anything. If you believe that a post on this site contains erroneous information, please contact W. J. J. Hoge via one of the means on the DMCA page with an explanation of the error. If the error is confirmed, a correction or retraction will be issued forthwith. Please note that your opinion that something is amiss isn’t sufficient. Credible documentation of an error is required. Serial complainers who make frivolous claims will be dealt with as spammers. Because of prior harassment, persons listed in the Copyright Blacklist should not contact me.

On rare occasions, I’ve closed comments on a post, but the comment section is open on this one.

Math is Hard

The Cabin Boy™ has tweeted a graph that shows that Hogewash! had 400 comments on 29 July, 2014.

The Gentle Reader is welcome to scroll back through the posts and count for himself, but when I checked, this is what I found:

Quote of the Day                                                       3
Team Kimberlin Post of the Day                               11
Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering? (Midnight)   1
A THEMIS Report                                                      3
In Answer to Some Questions                                  95
Ebola                                                                       11
Documenting Online Posts                                       32
Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering? (Noon)        1
The Contents of This Blog                                        69
Total                                                                      226

It’s almost as if he’s trying to manufacture evidence.

UPDATE—Of course, the numbers shown on the posts only reflect the comments that got through moderations. I would not include, for example, the nine mostly obscene comments I received such as this one—BS201407291857Z

On the Moderation of Comments

Over the past week, about a dozen or so comments that were intercepted by the moderation software were rejected because the were over the line for either vulgarity, defamation, or an attack on a third-party. Only a couple that got past moderation had to be trashed while I was reviewing the blog.

However, let me reminded potential commenters of the terms spelled out in The Fine Print:

Comments posted to the site remain the property of the originator of the comment who is solely responsible for the content of his comment. Posting or attempting to post a comment to the site grants a royalty-free license to Hogewash! and its owner to reproduce the comment or any portion of it in any medium without limitation to the place or time of use or publication. Allowing a comment to appear on the site does not constitute an endorsement of its contents.

A Note About Standards

I’m not a prude. However, I have a desire to maintain a certain level of decorum here at Hogewash!, and some of the comments that have been appearing of late are going over the line I wish to maintain.

Specifically, many of the comments directed at Bill Schmalfeldt have been unnecessarily vulgar. As Stacy McCain has noted, the best way to discredit Bill Schmalfeldt is to quote him. Here at this blog, there is no need to add more crudeness. Some of the comments directed at other members of Team Kimberlin have crossed the line also.

Effective immediately, I will delete any unnecessarily vulgar comments made about anyone on this blog. I value my readers’ comments and support, but I value my attempt to run a clean cut blog even more.

No, I can’t provide a specific set of rules, but looking at the tone of my writing in a post should give a clue about what’s acceptable.

UPDATE—I’ve got no problem with critical or even insulting remarks. Just keep it out of the gutter.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

This post is one of the most difficult post I’ve done in my two years of blogging. It’s about some of the stuff that I’ve received from Team Kimberlin that I’ve kept out of the public view.

Beginning in the late summer of 2012, Hogewash! began receiving comments from obviously bogus commenters. I don’t mean spam. This site gets plenty of that, but the filtering software catches well over 99% of it. Many of these comments were abusive remarks addressed to me or members of my family. All were in some way tied to my blogging about Brett Kimberlin.

After the peace order was granted against Bill Schmalfeldt, the rate such comments came in exploded.  I’ve got about 300 logged in since mid June. Gentle Reader, I’ve pulled out a dozen of them to show you a sample of what I’ve been receiving. They are from the mild end of the scale. As offensive as some of these may seem, they are rather tame compared to many other comments.

Gentle Reader, I don’t enjoy wasting pixels on such trash. I hate giving Team Kimberlin increased exposure on a blog with 10X the reach of their combined effort. OTOH, I want you to understand that the crap that I’ve been dealing with from Bill Schmalfeldt on Twitter is just the tip of the iceberg.

Preparing this post was like swimming in a sewer. I need a shower.