The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 September 2003

Ban won't wear off

It's fairly uncommon for me to block an IP from this site; in fact, last night marks only the third time I've had to do such a thing.

The IP in question - - belongs to a DSL customer of SBC in Tulsa. He took grave offense at my suggestion that the individual accused of shooting up Sallisaw last fall might not have been the most, um, trustworthy and inoffensive of folks, and posted two comments of approximately middle-school invective level, each with a different (and presumably fabricated) email address.

Were I really bothered, I'd take it up with SBC, though "I hope you burn in hell," one of the kinder things he said, really doesn't constitute a threat. Instead, I have excised the comments and posted this summary for the benefit of all.

And just incidentally, this happened within two hours of reinstating the Testimonials section on the sidebar, though there's no reason to think the offender actually saw it.

Posted at 7:58 AM to Blogorrhea

Doesn't it drive you nuts? I was tempted to contact the ISP of someone who was pissing me off, but I was afraid to escalate it lest it come around and bite me in the ass. Although at the time I didn't have a job to lose over it, heh. And even though he was really furking annoying, it could have been a lot worse.

Posted by: Erica at 2:59 PM on 21 September 2003

I try to avoid the appearance of thin-skinnedness where I can, but it seemed obvious that this character just wanted to lash out, and I don't at all feel compelled to give him a place to do it. (The phrase "Get your own blog" resonates here.) And I figure that banning three out of tens of thousands of individual visitors is not exactly ruling with an iron fist.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:31 PM on 21 September 2003

CG... why do those testimonials over there cause such an unexplicable rage in me?

Its not natural, dark forces are at work.


Posted by: bruce at 9:36 PM on 21 September 2003

You should see some of the ones I couldn't put up.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:29 AM on 22 September 2003