The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

“I seen my duty, and I done it.”

Posted on | March 28, 2019 | Comments Off on “I seen my duty, and I done it.”

— by Wombat-socho

Generally speaking, I don’t comment on the rare occasions when I use the banhammer on some fool in the comments. The departure of the unfunny, unlamented Guinspen, however, strikes me as a good time to remind people of the ground rules here.

Some years ago, when Stacy asked me to come aboard and help out when Smitty headed off to assume his duties as Admiral of the Afghan Seas, he asked me to take up the banhammer and maintain order in the comments, because this was not a task he enjoyed. I, however, having been a trained and seasoned jammer operator, Goon, and former /b/tard, enjoyed being unpleasant to people in the line of duty, especially if those people were being unpleasant to start with. For the most part, it’s been a fairly undemanding task. The vast majority of the commentariat here at The Other McCain are reasonably polite folk, and on the rare occasions when people lose their temper and start commenting with more anger than discretion, they usually respond well to requests to chill out.

Which brings us to the most recent dirtbag to get the boot. I don’t have a lot of rules, but chief among them is that y’all need to keep things polite and not get personal in your invective. If you forget this, I’ll ask you to knock it off, and if you keep it up, you’re gone. As I said previously, most of you do as I ask, and some of you have even apologized, which is nice. On the other hand, if you ignore the “Mod” tag on my posts, threaten to stop contributing to the Shoe Leather Fund, and try to insult me into the bargain*, you get whacked with the banhammer and your comments get deleted at my discretion. I’ll usually leave the offending comment up as an example for others.

So: be polite, think twice before you post in anger, and you’ll be fine. Give me a bunch of lip when I call you out, and you’re history. This concludes your block of instruction on comment courtesy; feel free to post as you will.

*If things have gotten to that point, insulting me is a waste of your time, because I don’t care about your opinion, angry idiot on the Internet.


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