sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

December 13, 2011

Am I Too Permissive re Comments?

Filed under: blogging — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 2:42 pm

I am yet to sensor a single comment, mostly because I think the trolls on my blog are hurting themselves more than anyone else.  Most of them are the hit-and-run kind, like an occupier obviously leaving a comment to irritate me.  But it was an unintentionally hilarious comment, so why not let him fall on his face?

The other day I got a rather verbose troll from Paris, France trying to romanticize the Russian opposition leader Communist Nazi Limonov.  Hence:

He was a lout in Ukraine; an idol of the Soviet underground under Brezhnev; a tramp, then a manservant to a millionaire in Manhattan; a trendy writer in Paris; a soldier lost in the wars of the Balkans;
and now, in the immense chaos of Russian post-communism, an old charismatic chef of a party of young desperados [sic].

Adolf Hitler was also “a charismatic chef of a party of young desperado[e]s”; in his case they were called Brownshirts, in Limonov’s — National Bolsheviks.  Ditto Limonov’s “soldier lost in the wars of the Balkans” little genocidal adventure.  I hope my post made clear what the troll, in his “truth-telling”, is trying to cover up.

Still, I probably shouldn’t allow comments that in all likelihood come from Neo-Nazis.  They make me feel unclean, especially when after I approved the initial comment, he went ahead and left another link.

Oh, and considering that Limonov dreams of an Eurasian empire ruled by Russia, what do we make of the French gentlemen eager to whitewash the ego-tripping Russian syavka?


In an unrelated blogging news, Ivan the Terrible Twos drew on the computer monitor with a pen.  The next day he broke a wine glass and immediately proceeded to play with the broken pieces.  I don’t think he understood what hurt him.  Worst of all, he hasn’t been napping for a week now, and appears to be fine by the end of the day.  Unfortunately, he wouldn’t let his sister, Yelena the Fabulous Fours, to fall asleep mid-day.  If Yelena doesn’t get her nap, her fours are not so fabulous in the evening.

I’m going to try enforcing an hour of downtime, so I can eat and drink my coffee, but if blogging’s been a bit thin lately, it’s because I’m adjusting.



  1. I hear your adjustments. Those transitions are a pain.
    Don’t censor comments. It is important for others to see the opposition at work.

    Comment by AHLondon — December 13, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  2. Trolls don’t much bother me — unless they are particularly vile. In fact, trolls usually amuse me.

    Comment by Always On Watch — December 13, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

  3. I like it when I get a live one… a lot of fun to factually show them how they’re wrong, have other people jump on them, or let them make idiots of themselves.

    Comment by Harrison — December 13, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

  4. I haveon occasion edited a comment where language or link was purely offensive. Otherwise, I allow all comments on my blog.

    That said, I’ve seen reports that editing a comment in any way actually exposes you some some legal liabiliity (in terms of libel, offensive speech, etc.) where letting the comment stand un-edited protects you.

    Comment by Jim Fister — December 15, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  5. I have only disallowed one comment, and not b/c of content but b/c this one troll was such a pest that would not go away until I shut him up.

    I’m glad you left this dude’s comment–it demonstrated something better than anything you or I could ever put into words: the way totalitarians will whitewash virtually any evil in furtherance of their goals. And i barely skimmed his response; it seemed mostly a wordy attempt to sound as smart as possible, and so obviously is written by pompous head full of air.

    LOL regarding the description of Terrible Twos and Fabulous Fours. Hope that they settle into a new routine soon for you. It’s always a bit scary, the things they can get into when your back is turned. I remember finding my younger in the kitchen getting his own apple like a big boy. I walk in to find him poised with the biggest, sharpest Wusthof chef blade in the house. eek!


    Comment by nooneofanyimport — December 18, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    • Thanks for a word of encouragement.
      We had a cutting knife incident a few days ago too.
      I’m trying to figure out Ivan’s schedule, adjusting his bedtime, etc. He all of a sudden started waking in the middle of the night and bouncing in his bed for an hour and a half. He wakes everyone up, so we are all drowsy and Yelena’s cranky. And I’m braking glasses myself because I’m just too tired.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — December 18, 2011 @ 10:03 am

      • Yikes, there’s nothing worse than disrupted nights. Maybe he’s having a growth spurt, which involves a surge of testosterone, I’ve read.

        Have you considered making him run a few laps every night before dinner? Or maybe liquid Benadryl?

        I’m only half-kidding.


        Comment by nooneofanyimport — December 18, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

        • It’s probably a growth spurt, which is also a problem. He’s a big guy. He basically has the body of a good size 3 year-old and the brain of a two-year-old. Sometimes he’s unstoppable.
          He does need to move around more in the evening, with is not that easy to accomplish in winter…

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — December 18, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

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