Those of you that read my blog have heard a little of the morons that I have to deal with on a daily basis. My friend and fellow powerblogger Jason Cushman “A Opinionated Man” from Harsh Reality blog is also fairly vocal on the subject.
Yesterday I posted a genuine opportunity for a writer for an internship. Danny and I are perfectly capable of doing the writing ourselves, but thought someone might find it beneficial. We’re also offering to help them in their own blogging. Win-win. How much more generous and helpful I do not know that I could be.
Then, today I received this message (on my intern post), from someone who continuous leaves incoherent (and sometimes inappropriately sexual messages for me) :
hello there.. plz click on my profile and click the UNFOLLOW button
- NO, yours is a public blog and I’ll follow who I please. If you don’t want people following you mark your blog to private, or delete it. You do not have the right to tell me to unfollow you. You may of course unfollow me whenever you wish, glad to see the back of you actually, you’re dead weight.
- Within that it’ll be an absolute pleasure to unfollow your blog, nothing actually would give me greater pleasure than the relief of no longer being associated with a moron like you.
- I don’t appreciate the indirect hostility, without any reason, do not do that again.
- I’ve never shown anything to you apart from consideration and warmth, and therefore have no idea why you should feel so hostile towards me. Especially on a post where I’m trying to give someone an opportunity.
- Please do not leave any more incoherent or sexual messages on my blog.
- You’re being added to my publicly available blacklist.
- Do not contact me again.
I’m starting a page that will contain my previously private blacklist. I will list gravatars and blogs, but not reasons. Anyone and everyone will be able to view who’s on the list, and are welcome to join me in boycotting these quite frankly rude, obnoxious, abusive and trollish people, or not. I have entirely had enough of it, these people can play facebook or youtube, but f*** off from WordPress, especially my blog. For every moronic imbecile, I meet thousands of lovely, bright, warm and friendly people, the idiots are a tiny minority. Thank heaven for the good ones out there, you guys make my days lovely.
Further I will start to name people who’ve been SERIOUSLY hostile – on my front page. The lady above I haven’t as yet named, on this post, but will appear on my blacklist. It’s not serious enough to name her directly, yet.
I reckon it’s about time we as bloggers did something about these morons, not so much for myself, but for younger more immature blogs, that don’t have the experience or the thick skin yet to ignore them. I almost gave up blogging because of one moron, who completely lied about me in public, I will tell the full story soon, not quite ready yet. Shaun Gibson of shuanynews luckily appeared and gave me perspective on the whole thing. And there’s also a lady who appeared at the same time, has been very helpful in resolving more than one issue. These ordinary everyday heroes are around in the community, thankfully.
I’m all for freedom of speech – some people have mastered politely and assertively saying what they want, with the social intelligence to word things non-argumentatively and taking responsibility for their own feelings. Others just seem to have verbal diarrhoea, and seem to want to dump all their emotional crap in a hostile way … f*** off, frankly, no one enjoys your company or your comments, your presence is “tolerated” at best.
I’m not as yet going to announce the location of the blacklist, I’ll wait until I’ve populated it, I’m not trying to single people out, just make it clear who the trouble makers are. Other people can decide for themselves if they want to interact with these people/morons/imbeciles/trolls/liars.
If there are other largish respectable bloggers who’d like in on this project, happy to work collaboratively on it, obviously for the benefit of the community, not to solve personal vendettas. So I’ll only discuss this with people I’ve known quite a while and already trust that are in it for the good of the community. Call it bloggers looking out for bloggers dot org … or Bloggerhood watch dot org … or whatever …
Resources & Sources
“Black” list – morgueFile.com
Notes for commenters:
Comments are invited. BUT you are reminded that this is a public blog and you are also reminded to think before you press the “post comment” button.
Good manners are a mark of a charismatic person – so please keep comments civil, non-argumentative, constructive and related, or they will be moderated. If you feel you can’t comply, press the “unfollow” button and/or refrain from commenting.
I read ALL comments but can’t always reply. I will comment if I think there’s something that I can add to what you’ve said. I do delete without notice comments that don’t follow rules above. For persistent offenders I will ignore you permanently and/or report you.
Most decent people already know how to behave respectfully. Thank you for your co-operation on the above.