The result was a spate of anonymous comments, some of them obviously from trolls coming out of their collective madness woodwork, replete with nasty objections.
In the interest of clarity, and for the fun of allowing the trolls to be seen in limited doses, I have replied to some of their comments.
These can be found on the original post, but for convenience, here are some of their comments and my replies.
I hope this will further help clarify Frank Report’s new comments’ policy.
One troll used the following six monikers.
The Devil You Know,
Hands off My Idea
The New Family Friendly Frank Report
[Redacted] = [Censored].
Reputable Tax Attorney
Chocolate Cake For Karen Carpenter
I’ll start with her/him.
The use of the bracketed word [redacted] is my editing of the troll. It is redacted not because it attacks me but because it attacks another commenter.
Because it may be easier to read, I will use faces to go along with the various monikers:
Hands Off My Ideas
[Redacted] = [Censored].
And what is with the red lettering of people’s posts? Shit got creepy real quick here. Frank Report RIP
You have posted under several different monikers. Why do you bother to keep on commenting? It makes you appear to be a troll. If you don’t like it here, why not go away?
Using pen names, such as Voltaire [François Marie Arouet], Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens] and Orwell [Eric Blair] does not make these men anonymous cowards. They were known to their publishers and to some degree known to anyone who had an interest in finding out who they were. Clemens was widely known to be Mark Twain.
But anonymous trolls are known only to themselves. Their agenda is not to improve the life of humankind as Voltaire, Twain, and Orwell did, but to hurt others. That’s what makes them trolls and cowards.
Nice Guy is definitely not a troll. He is an engaged reader. Bangkok, on the other hand, lies somewhere in that twilight world between troll and comedian. When he’s funny, he is riotous. But when he is off his game, he gets sore awfully fast.
Here is his view on my new policy – which to reiterate – is mainly to bring a little more civility between commenters.
Pageviews are a product of how many posts there are to view, and how popular certain posts are. I am posting less than half as much as less year. I will soon be posting the stats, but back in April, I posted Frank Report Surpasses One Million Views in 2020.
We may surpass 6 million page views this year. Although it seems we are more in line with about 3.5-4 million page views [unless I find more time to post].
Going back to the comments, Nice Guy asked about my preference for certain commenters.
Frank, this is a pragmatic and a measured decision to cut the dross. It’s been a long time coming.
A friend of mine who has a website gets lots of comments for two distinct occasions each year. He very rarely intercedes to remove anyone’s expressed thoughts. However, it is his website, as the Frank Report is yours. There are those instances when it can be most expedient to bring down your hammer, whether softly or vigorously.
I think that you have described your reasoning well. Also, the stuck piggies will squeal the loudest about this change and the most likely to ignore your reasoning, turn it into an inquisition and HURL. So keep trusting yourself.
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