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Open Source Comment Policy

Lately, I've noticed a rise in what I call "drive-by cut and paste bandits" in comments sections, both here and on other sites. People find the top article on a blog and just dump their rants in the comments, and if they're related to the topic at hand even tangentially it's entirely by accident.

It's getting on my nerves, and I want to do something about it.

Normally, I'd bounce this off my colleagues here, but my Wizbang e-mail account is still a bit wonky from my recent computer issues, and I can't rely on that working properly. So, instead, I thought I'd toss it out and let everyone in the Wizbang community have their say.

In the end, that won't really matter much, as enforcing comment policy is in the hands of me, Maggie, and the author of the piece in question, and setting policy is Kevin's right alone, but I think it would be very helpful to hear what you folks think.

The options that come to mind for me are:

1) Ignoring them.

B) Mocking them.

III) Disemvowelling them.

d) Deleting them.

iiiii) Banning them.

Naturally, the latter can be used in conjunction with any of the above, but most of these people are one-hit wonders; they haven't commented before, and aren't likely to try again. So it's largely symbolic, but still satisfying.

So, what say you folks? What do you think we ought to do?

I can't say that what you say will have any effect, but I do promise you that at least I will read and consider your opinions before I make my case to my colleagues.


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Comments (39)

I'd say disenvowellment. N... (Below threshold)

I'd say disenvowellment. Not much point in banning them - but yanking their vowels will certainly shorten some of the screeds, and might make them more comprehensible...

I say for the most part dis... (Below threshold)

I say for the most part disenvowel them. But sometimes, even some of the regular trolls just get plain vile. Banning them would not be bad.

We can tease and name call, but we don't have to be personal or vulgar. IMHO ww

Delete them.... (Below threshold)

Delete them.

Motion to delete.Dis... (Below threshold)

Motion to delete.
Disemvowelling them still leaves a bad taste.
Save banning for unforgivable infractions.

Why not a hard character co... (Below threshold)

Why not a hard character count limit to comments? A few sentences, a paragraph or so should be enough to make a point. Anyone needing more than that should start his own blog.

delete... (Below threshold)


Disemvowelment, remember wh... (Below threshold)

Disemvowelment, remember when you take out the vowels in Obama all that's left is a BM.

I think it depends on who's... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

I think it depends on who's posting. Regulars who generally contribute meaningful content should get more leeway than one-time or rare contributors. When action is needed then disemvowelling is a good step. As for Troll's, well what would Wizbang be like if we all agreed on everything? As long as their posts contain some reasoned content then I would just as soon let them have their say.

Nuke Em from Orbit. It's th... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Nuke Em from Orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Why not a hard charac... (Below threshold)

Why not a hard character count limit to comments?

That would eliminate one known problem.

I think the current policy works well.

If you guys have time, just... (Below threshold)

If you guys have time, just delete them, maybe with a 'off topic comment removed' note if possible. Biggest problem is that people will have likely already responded, so you're going to have comment sections littered with responses to missing comments.

Disemvowelment +1... (Below threshold)
kbiel Author Profile Page:

Disemvowelment +1

Personally, I like it when ... (Below threshold)

Personally, I like it when Jay has finally
had enough and gets out the Troll Hammer. :)
Drivebys need to be disemvoweled or
deleted, IMHO.

I vote disemvowel. ... (Below threshold)

I vote disemvowel.

This poll is flawed. There ... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

This poll is flawed. There is no option for "Call in massive airstrikes on their location" or "Hire elite assassins to kill them and then place their heads on pikes as a warning to others".

I suggest forcing them to r... (Below threshold)

I suggest forcing them to read more of my posts I wrote when under the influence of a bathroom cabinet full of medications.


Can't we just call their mo... (Below threshold)

Can't we just call their mommy and ask her to bring junior a fresh glass of ovaltine?

I vote for deleting with ex... (Below threshold)

I vote for deleting with extreme prejudice.

I could tell you ... but th... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I could tell you ... but then I'd have to kill a troll or two.

If it is not too much datab... (Below threshold)

If it is not too much database space, record the name and email address of everyone that has commented for the last nnn (90?) days. If they have commented in that time frame then their comment gets posted immediately. If not, it goes to moderation where one of you lucky folks gets to decide if it appears or not.

Delete. Especially if they ... (Below threshold)

Delete. Especially if they have links

Editing their comments for ... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:

Editing their comments for comedic value -- Nearly any rant is more entertaining when prefixed with.

"I may have my head up my ass but I believe that ...."

Or some other such comments.

Blood for Odin!... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Blood for Odin!

Post a clear warning that i... (Below threshold)

Post a clear warning that imbeciles will be severely mocked.

thnk y shld dsmvwl thm ll.... (Below threshold)

thnk y shld dsmvwl thm ll. Thn bn th smbtchs. Aeaey, ou ou ieooa e.

All the above, at owner's ... (Below threshold)

All the above, at owner's discretion, since these discussion are in your house. Trolls must die, that's a certainty. They soil the furniture and stain the carpets.

Disemvowelling looks pretty... (Below threshold)

Disemvowelling looks pretty cool - enough scratch to see they were there, not enough to waste effort on...

All of the above?... (Below threshold)

All of the above?

Delete.... (Below threshold)


Disemvowelling is good.... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Disemvowelling is good.

But I really like suggestions 20 and 22.

I'd vote to first disemvowe... (Below threshold)

I'd vote to first disemvowel, which leads right into mocking. Once that palls, by all means delete.

Delete them, they're a wast... (Below threshold)

Delete them, they're a waste of bandwidth and disk space.

MY vote is DELETE.. <... (Below threshold)

MY vote is DELETE..

Reading disemvoweled comments makes me want to learn Russian....which I DON'T want to!!

Dont delete them. Since the... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Dont delete them. Since they are cut and paste bandits just cut and paste back.

Replace their entries with something like

"I was going to vote for Obama and then he didnt choose Hillary so I am not voting at all"

Something to where if they ever do come back they will wonder what happened to their post.

I would say the funny edit.... (Below threshold)

I would say the funny edit. I still find myself trying to read the words with the disemvoweling. Its like reading captions on a show when you know the language. I just can't help myself.

I say B, then III. At leas... (Below threshold)

I say B, then III. At least give us our fun for a little while first.

Or you could get something that would not disemvowel them but replace nouns with other nouns. Now THAT would be entertaining.

delete... (Below threshold)


Delete... (Below threshold)
CoolRich59 Author Profile Page:


Disemvowell them!O... (Below threshold)

Disemvowell them!

Off with their Vowels!






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