Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bloggers for Hire?

Apparently there is a conspiracy theory zooming through the blogosphere. A commenter to one of my recent posts today accused me of working for a campaign. "Anonymous" also called out another commenter, using nearly the exact same verbiage, on the Krusty Konservative blog.

See, Anon thinks politicians are now paying people to blog. I must say that if that is what campaigns of today have come to, simply paying people to fight with one another online all day, our political system is in much more trouble than anyone (yes even the Democrats) would have guessed.

Hey Anon the Accuser, who are YOU? My guess is that you are throwing stones in a glass house if the truth be told. Do us a favor, and quit assaulting bona fide bloggers with your insults...get a 'handle' so you can at least own up to your own comments.


Blogger Maverick said...

Can I hear a HELL YEAH for Scoop!

And like a lot of other bloggers, I check in on several sites during my work day, on breaks. It's like the new Millenium's water cooler. Our parents used to meet at the cooler. We now meet and talk about political issues on blogs.

And Anon the Accuser: dude, quit looking for the scary guy in the closet. Join the rest of us who are trying to share ideas, opinions, and comments.

5:39 AM, March 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is having a "handle" really any better than being anonymous? It's not like you are coming clean and telling us who you are, you're just using a fake name. When our parents met at the cooler they used their real names.

11:10 AM, March 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a conservative - you are looking at a choice between Kennedy and Dix. And if you are looking for a talker ... then Kennedy's your guy. If you're looking for someone who gets things done - then go with Dix. He's the real deal.

7:58 AM, March 04, 2006  
Blogger anonymous said...

The same guy called us out the other day. We asked, but no one would pay us.

1:21 PM, March 06, 2006  
Blogger The Inside Dope said...

There is a certain group, and they become easy to spot, who's psychological make up, and perhaps their obsession with the intrigues of politics, along with the ubiquitous and rampant paranoia that I've found throughout candidates and political types, make them seemingly unable to accept that maybe, just maybe, a blogger is simply an interested citizen with no particular ax to grind.
These people can't conceive that anyone would feel the desire to express their political views without being paid to do it. (Because these same people are often paid campaign workers, stratagists, hangers-on)

In the over a year I've been blogging, the obsession with who I am and who I'm "working for" has never stopped. For the first 6 months, I was frustrated beyond belief by the fact that I simply couldn't get anyone to even addresss the issues I was posting, as comments were consumed with speculation and guesses as to my identity.

People have been absolutely convinced at one time or another that I was Mike Jacobs, Mike Boland, Paul Rumler, and any number of other political types whose names need not be mentioned.

I've recently been accused by one commenter of being a plant for one candidate, and by another for being a shill for the other candidate for the Dem Sheriff primary... all based on one post.

And the debate over anonymity? Don't even start. I've heard it all.

Bottom line on that subject? Those who don't like what you write will say that being anonymous means that you're a coward and that nothing you think, write, or believe is valid in any way.

They ALWAYS say this in anonymous comments.

And the quest to ask commenters to take the two seconds it takes to at least type in a handle? Forget it.

They are so paranoid, or so lazy, or .... who knows... that they will never do it. If you allow anonymous comments, then at least 80% of your comments will be just that.
I've tried every conceivable way to get people to avoid it, and simply put, nothing works.

The only way to eliminate anonymous posts is to go to a registered users only policy, which, since Blogger makes the simple process very confusing, really discourages people from doing so, unfortunately, and also, due to the aforementioned paranoia, there are many who are afraid that registering will somehow reveal their identies.

It cuts down on the amount of comments, but... no more anonymous.

As I say, I've tried it all, and have finally landed on the moderated comments as the only practical way to manage comments. You still have endless anonymites, but at least you have some control.

I'm very glad to see your blog as I'm very interested in what certainly promises to be one hell of a race in the 1st. I hope this will be a good resource for keeping up to date with developments.

And if you think a few anonymous weirdos are annoying, try having a state senator and dozens of rabid supporters literally make it their job to deluge your site with literally thousands of comments containing every crazy thing they can imagine to either bash you, taunt you, torment you, or lie about you for 10 months non-stop. Now that's living! haha.

I'll gladly add your link to my blogroll, and best of luck. You're a welcome addition to the growing list of QC blogs.

4:21 AM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous Dix's house clerk said...

words.... my head hurts.

9:09 AM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dix says:

Words too big. Me like to talk to Chester. Chester talks smart. Me too.

12:46 PM, March 15, 2006  

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