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Well – I’m taking my first real vacation in three years! And I can’t freaking wait. I’ve almost gone ballistic on some commenting trolls recently but then I realized what a troll was, so anyway this is good timing for me to recharge the batteries a bit. But some quick house keeping – I’ll be gone most of next week and there will be a slightly limited schedule of posts (only the hardcore followers will notice, I promise there will still be lots of good stuff) and we will return to normal after Labor Day. Please continue to send emails/tips/questions ([email protected]) and I’ll post/get back to you on my return. If there is breaking news that you want to talk about/discuss/debate please post in the rant/revel of that day (unfortunately don’t post links because you will get held up in moderation.)
Commenting – because of the above mentioned commenting trolls some folks won’t be able to comment as normal next week. A lot of people are on shared networks and unfortunately even though they have done nothing wrong their comments still fall under moderation. All I can say is I’m sorry for the situation. But just to explain how pathological some of these
douchebags trolls can be – I have one commenter who regularly leaves vile vile vile racists comments that sometimes slip through (of course I delete them as soon as I see them and/or textdoc tells me about them!) and then s/he emails my advertisers saying that I encourage racist comments. That my friends is the tip of the iceberg. It is very likely that some objectionable comment will sneak in next week too. It is inevitable. So please just ignore them. They want a reaction. Do not give them one if possible. Or if need be just tell them to F-off once and then ignore them :) In all seriousness these people are incredibly disturbed and it’s not effective to have a rational debate with them. Their sole goal is just to get a reaction out of you. In my absence I believe ignoring them is the only way to deal with them.
But I don’t mean to bore you with my travails. I just want to say that commenting next week may be a little whack. Fortunately the last week of August is usually a chill one – so I hope everyone is able to recharge a bit. Come September we’ll be ready tear it up once again. Cheers and thanks for understanding – PoP/Dan