Gut Rumbles

January 26, 2006


I keep my comments open because I enjoy reading them and I think that other people do, too. Some of my readers post real gems in there. I'll delete or "edit" (read--- totally change) the occasional piece of troll shit that lands in my yard, but for the most part I let assholes play, too. I'm just a big-hearted guy.

I can understand why other people don't have comments, especially the really Tall Dog bloggers, but I don't believe that I face the kind of risk they seek to aviod. Hell, I would LOVE to have some big-ass link attributing a lame comment to ME. Traffic is traffic and I don't care how I get it.

Scribing a post about how "I DIDN'T WRITE THAT!" makes good blog fodder, especially when replying to a link from The Washington Post. I could stand that kind of grief.

Besides, the worst troll I have is less vile, vituperous and vitriolic than the typical commenter on lefty sites. That's one reason I seldom visit those places. I don't like getting spittle flecks on my reading glasses.

So, my comments are open. Have at 'em.


I keep my comments OPEN by god! After all, someday, somebody might comment!

Posted by: James Hooker-ex cracker on January 26, 2006 10:17 AM

Alright, I'll start. There's not a snowball's chance in hell that Glenn will ever link to me, he hates me already so let me just say, what a crock of shit. Glenn and the rest of the far right wing bigwigs don't have comments because they can't defend their talking points. They consider Anyone who posts linked facts contrary to their position, as trolls, no matter how polite they are. The big lefty blogs don't seem to have a problem defending their ground and they get rudely trolled all the time.

As for Charles, the poor dear, someone might think that commenter might be construed as indicative of his readers? He should be, most of the comments I've read there are a lot worse than that. Not that he doesn't get any sane people but that guy IS representative of a large part of his fan base and he doesn't always stray so far from that mindset either. He just talks prettier and says it more politely, but he incites that kind of commentary with his posts.

Even the big righties that do have comments, put up big roadblocks to any challenge to their thinking. They kick you out as soon as you score a point of argument or they require complicated registration and screen out anyone who doesn't agree with them. Risk? The only risk they're avoiding is being exposed as having no guts for a fair debate.

These big boys on the far right just want a soapbox, they aren't looking for a dialogue with the readers and I think that's the real difference.

Posted by: Libby on January 26, 2006 10:42 AM

These big boys on the far right just want a soapbox, they aren't looking for a dialogue with the readers and I think that's the real difference.

Considering how easy it is to be banned by the far left wing bigwigs for barely assaying so much as a "Well, yes, but..." to thir points, I respectfully submit that the difference Libby claims here does not in fact exist in the manner therein described.

Posted by: McGehee on January 26, 2006 12:58 PM

I'm with James Hooker, I post and post (and even provide a neat in-page live cam of the tucson freeway if you are that bored) but still no love. *sigh*

I hear you about the traffic whore thing.

Posted by: Cythen on January 26, 2006 01:12 PM

Right on, Acidman. Good post re: comments and blogs over at Deans World, check it out if you are so inclined. This is/has been/ continues to be a great blog - keep it up, please!

Posted by: Brett Fife on January 26, 2006 01:33 PM

Acidman - I am not "right" by any means... I am just "left" enough that you'd probably dislike me; but I LOVE your blog, and I LOVE the commenters, so I can't be all bad.

Keep up the great work. Your sense of humor MAKES MY DAY!

Thank you Gail at Scribal Terror for hookin' me up here.

Go on now, git!

Posted by: Pie Shell on January 26, 2006 01:51 PM

What far left bigwigs ban at the drop of a hat McGehee besides Kos? I'll agree now that Big Daddy Markos has became "famous," he's just as bad as any of the righties with overlarge egos, if not worse. Hell, he bans his own supporters and there's now 26 f'ing rules to post a diary there. I don't go there and delinked him a long time ago. But I think he's the only one. I haven't noticed that any other of the bigger left blogs didn't allow polite disagreement. In fact, I've seen some pretty obnoxious trolling in their comment sections.

I read about as many right wing blogs as I do left wing ones on any given day. I'm not making big generalizations, I'm speaking based on my personal experiences and observation.

And I'm not trying to diss anybody here but this whole idea of these big important bloggers who can't risk being associated with their comment sections is pure BS and it irritates me, particularly when Glenn privately accuses me of getting on my high horse. As if I even own one, while he never gets off his.

It's ridiculous, he doesn't hold a candle to Acidman as a blogger, yet he holds himself out to be some kind of Much Too Important to trouble with the little readers writer. For chrissakes, the guy rarely writes anything himself outside of Heh and Indeed. His whole blog is built on cribbing other people's work. There's no reason he couldn't have comments except that he can't take criticism.

Posted by: Libby on January 26, 2006 03:52 PM

I found this blog because of Glenn Reynolds!

And I'm glad I did!

Acidman, did you get an "Instalanche" after you were mentioned a few months ago?

Posted by: A Different Kim on January 26, 2006 04:05 PM

I wonder if the larger bloggers just don't have time to respond to comments? I've been at one or two medium sized blogs lately where one post generates comments and comments on comments, so what's a blogger to do? Spend all day commenting on comments? Still they could allow comments and let their readers interact with each other. It seems that Captain's Quarters is that way.

Posted by: ScottG on January 26, 2006 06:08 PM
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