January 24, 2005
As long as I'm in a nasty mood this evening, let me vent a little spleen.
* If I have to REGISTER IN YOUR COMMENTS, I ain't gonna leave one. You don't need to see my goddam "papers." Fuck you. I don't jump through stupid hoops. I don't want to talk to YOU that badly. I'll give you my address, my home phone number and you probably ALREADY know my real name. All you have to do is email me. What are so so paranoid about?
*The BLOGGER comment system sucks. They should have done a lot better by now.
*I don't link to newspapers that require registration. I can find the same story somewhere else, and it spares me a lot of spam. And pains in the ass.
* If I need a goddam "password" to comment on your blog, I ain't gonna waste my time. I won't remember the password, so I'd just as soon forget your blog.
*Yeah, spammers and trolls suck. I KNOW. But "security" doesn't make me feel very secure sometimes. How long before you folks want my thumbprint or an iris-scan before I am allowed to comment on your FORTRESS BLOG? You need to start some other hobby. Put some iron bars on your windows and buy a bunch survival supplies. Include LOTS of bottled water.
There are better ways to do what you're doing. this guy did it for me just as a favor.
That's why I got rid of the Blogger comments. Having to register to leave comments sucks.
Me too. I never register, even if its "free and easy!" It's STUPID these days to require that.
Yeah, that sucks. Registering for the paper links especially sucks. Oh, and I suck for not offering you a cookie...
I can see the point, though. Some people would druther have fewer people sharing their thoughts than have to weed through spam/trolls/both.
If you want to read an article on a "register only" news site, go to www.bugmenot.com
There is a list of faux names and PWs to enter.
Or get a couple "throwaway" email accounts thru hotmail or yahoo.
As for registering to comment on blogs, I can understand it on superhighway types. For example, I am registered on KimDuToit's and LittleGreenFootballs' blogs.
But the shitbird blogs? Nah. Wouldn't waste my time. What did Steven DenBeste say a few years ago? 90% of blogs are crap?
Nowadays, I would say 99.5% of blogs are crap.
Rob, it's your blog. Do what you want. If you think it will help keep down the trolls then fine. Probably won't help, but hey maybe you'll feel better.
Crap, I had to accept a cookie to post here. I hate cookies. Every time I run Spam and Spy Bots, I have to reregister to say anything. Here, there, and everywhere. Sigh.
Damn Rob, feeding us cookies!
I like Rice Krispie bars better.
I'm with you on that one A-Man. As soon as a blogger started the registration/password process, I stopped commenting and I will never, ever, register to read the leftist NYT or Washington Post. Fuck 'em!
I just made my last post at The Ville. Thanks for linking me, but I'm done with blogging.
Take care Rob. You've always had one of the best blogs on the net and you've always been a daily read for me. Thanks for keeping it honest. You may delink me now sir.
It's really very simple.
Some webloggers require registration because they are not broken down old buzzards whose lives revolve around electrons shuffling through the ether. Some people have better ways to spend their time than deleting hundreds of spammy comments. You, on the other hand, take some strange masochistic pleasure in it and brag about how much time you waste playing whack-a-spam.
As far as trolls go, you wouldn't know what to do without us. Like any child you would rather have nagative attention than no attention. C'mon, admit it. You love us -- we're the 's' in your spice and the 'b' in your bonnet.
If you really cared you would do something about it. It's simple you know and someone with your vast management experience oughtta be able to figure it out.
Amen Rob. I'm continually amazed by the people who blithley suggest registration as a solution to comment spam, and happily state nobody minds doing so. (The powers-that-be at SixApart/Moveable Type even think registration's no big deal!)
Put the slightest impediment in poeple's way, they don't comment. Period. How hard is that to grasp?
I'm registered on Blogger, but I refuse to use typekey.
Someday I MIGHT install one of those "Type in the random letters" things, but that's as far as I'll go.
You really should setup registration on this site. It will really help out with the trolls. Good luck, man!