Today I am publishing a reaction from BrooWaha writer Hurricane Dean to the comment from Joe which I published last week in Breadcrumbs, Call Numbers and Just Average Joe. In his comment, Joe expressed great respect for Dean, and I have to say that I have great respect for Dean as well. It impressed me that Dean's first reaction on reading Joe's comment was to be greatly honored at Joe's expression of respect. To me this marks Dean as a guy of real class. Here then is Dean's reaction to Just Average Joe:
Before coming to BrooWaha, I spent a few years involved in online poetry... Read More
In the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel the children leave a trail of breadcrumbs to enable themselves to find their way back through the forest. At the library, each and every item in the collection has a unique call number, which makes it possible to track and locate any item at any time.
The early BrooWaha participants clearly did not know much of anything about web publishing, nor the ways of Google which pretty much every web publisher MUST understand. No one who understands search engines would ever add a three type-written page comment to a year old article, rather than... Read More
Dear Mrs. Sock Puppet,
How strange it was when you popped back into my world a couple of weeks back. Over the years I've certainly encountered you and your brothers and sisters many, many times. But since I became involved in the world of blogging a few years back, I have mostly encountered participants who are focused on promoting themselves and their web sites and have rarely seen "dummy" accounts used to influence, inflame or destroy someone else's web site or reputation. Sadly, I know that you are in fact sometimes successful at fucking things up for honest people who go online... Read More
Generic avatars Really bug me. Having a unique visual to associate with each voice in an online community can be very helpful in keeping all the different voices sorted out in one's mind. Not that it is absolutely necessary. Back on my very fist forum I was known by the catchy handle 74220,7411. Having handles longer than most phone numbers did not stop us from forming a real community back in the day, and even then there were participants using false names and taking other steps to protect their privacy and or manipulate the discussions. In the current era, a default avatar can come... Read More
Rank stupidity can be quite stunning, really. For the “crime” of pointing out that Constitutionally protected “freedom of speech” simply does not apply on a privately owned website, I have been attacked by a sock puppet account, called “ignorant” and “arrogant” and have taken almost as much abuse as a popular masochist at an S & M convention. I've long been familiar with the expression “the truth hurts” though I must confess that I never imagined how painful it would prove to be to point out a simple truth about web publishing and freedom of speech.
Most new bloggers learn fairly... Read More
Here in the United States, most citizens care deeply about our Consitutionally protected freedoms. Sadly, however, there often seems to be a great deal of mis-understanding about what those freedoms mean. This is expecially true of "freedom of speech". In the Internet era, "freedom of speech" may well be the most mis-used phrase out there.
Ammendment 1 to the United States Constitution is the legal basis for most all legitimate claims of "freedom of speech" in the United States. Let's look at exactly what it says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment... Read More
I Lost myself in the city
looked under every garbage bin
but my courage
seemed to have been misplaced
I asked the man at the counter
if he's seen them
but he just shook his head and shrugged
I searched in the eyes of a child
but she just cried
I even asked the birds
but they flew away
so I walked aimlessly
trying not to cry
trying not to be afraid
but it seems I lost myself
somewhere in the city today
I... Read More
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Agree Barb, throwing the baby out with the bath water 'aint the answer. Take care. :>)
I know Rigina, when it takes a week for legite comments to appear it is upsetting, and it is killing the site slowly. Surely there must be a better way to address the spammers and floggers. Also taking away ratings if you do not post in a period of...
ed i was one of the original complainers about people using this site to flog their stuff. Now legite comments don't show?