Turning off Commenting

March 9, 2017
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UPDATE: Thanks, commenters. Because of you, I won’t be shutting down comments for now. Also, things aren’t bad enough to warrant such a big change. If bigger problems arise, I’ll have to revisit. Original post below.

Now that heckler-for-hire Pluto is no longer able to comment, there aren’t that many comments on the blog. So I plan to turn off comments and remove all the bans I’ve placed on individual commenters. The bans sometimes affect more people than they should.

If you disagree, let me know why by commenting on this post before tomorrow morning.

24 Responses to Turning off Commenting

  1. ATTILA727 on March 9, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Turning off all comments is the same as banning everyone. Who will you be talking to??

  2. Earl on March 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Poli, I disagree. At least that course of action is premature. Its a sure way to kill the blog. Lets be honest here and I hope you take the following criticism as constructive, as no offense is intended. If any of us want breaking news we don’t first come here. This is a place to comment and post links; without that, you have nothing of value that couldn’t be found easier elsewhere. Pluto was a double edge sword. Yes he drove a lot of responses, but his idiocy and repugnance drove away a lot of posters. Pardon my French here, but my father used to say if you deal with shit you get shit on your hands. A lot of people got tired of getting shit on their hands. You slowly let the left wing crazies destroy or at least grievously damage this blog over time. Besides Pluto’s many sock puppets you allowed names to be stolen, cross out posts, and viciously insulting attacks. Admittedly some of us on the right were forced to fight fire with fire which further degraded the situation.

    All of the above happened over time and it will take time to bring the blog back. Simply banning Pluto won’t change things overnight, but it will allow things to progress in the right direction. I don’t know if Pluto was a paid agitprop hack or not, but he sure did his job well. You see, guys like him are here not to exchange ideas, but to sow chaos in right wing communication channels. Ultimately destroying a conservative blog by trashing threads, being repugnant and driving away posters is a victory for them. They’re like the thugs who crash Trump rallies to incite violence and break up constructive rallies. Only Pluto does it in cyber space.

    So I think you need to rebuild the blog. Part of that is closer control. That’s not censorship, its just necessary in the confrontational environment the left is pushing today. You know at one time Jim once volunteered to help moderate. He was a prolific poster and started many threads, which personally, I enjoyed commenting on. You need to get back to that or at least try before you pull the plug on comments.

    Just my 2 cents anyway.

    • The Thinker on March 9, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Earl:

      Well said. I completely agree.

  3. Oak Leaf remember him? on March 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I think you should keep the comments open too. Because of the low number of comments and the low IQ of your posters this site makes for a nice easy read for us Soros employees.

    How else are we supposed to find out the intricate thoughts of brain children like Andy in SC?

    Ie; YOU’RE A NAZI LIBTARD! Such deep thoughts.

    And Earl be honest the comments and blog melted down because of the all division in the right over that last 16 or so years and most of the offenses you’re complaining about were started by posters like Jim who has posted himself under many different ID’s often in response to his own posts.

    Party of personal responsibility my ASS!

    • Earl on March 9, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Well we can argue over the causes, and admittedly I haven’t been here as long as some, but the nonsense I’ve seen lately pretty much emanates from the left. Granted Andy speaks what he feels, but most of what you would consider over the top, was actually in response to outright abuse he took from the liberal quarters, and didn’t start out the way you cite. As for Jim, can’t say whether he uses sock puppets or not, but most of his posts were “straight” in that he presented a point of view without being gratuitously insulting, unlike some on the left including Pluto’s sock puppets. Pluto maintained a Jekyll and Hyde persona on this blog taking the high road under “Pluto” and getting into the gutter under many of his pseudonyms. Funny thing is when Pluto would take a break, the other “low road posters would cease as well.

  4. Dave Yoder on March 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your blog for years back to the days when you cleaned out the open borders guest bloggers.
    I don’t comment or read the comments because you seem to have attracted paid trolls. You always post interesting items like your quote of the day or chart of the day. I appreciate that you invest time to do the blog. Thank you.

  5. OneOverPluto on March 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I like the blog too, for the same reasons as DaveY.
    Either way, with or without comments, works for me. And, whichever choice is made, the choice can be reversed, no?

  6. Trump2020 on March 9, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I dont like censorship — its basically a Progressive (or should I say “Regressive”) tactic. You can elect to ignore the trolls and or debate them. I personally like to see the ‘useful idiots’ come on here and post their drivel responses. Maybe we should post based on an IP address listed with the handle. It might cut down on Sock Puppetting (is that a word) and expose those who engage in it.

  7. Orange parasite on March 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I would shutdown the comments too in your position. Defending the Trump/GOP that kills health care while raising costs, tries to explain away it’s Russia connections and the white supremacy that is in the heart of Trump is not going to be easy.

    Take the easy path and shut the comments down now.

    • OneOverPluto on March 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Nah, none of us feel the need to defend Trump polices. Any more than we feel the need to explain single digit addition. It’s tiresome to hang around with the first graders.
      Like you.

      • Orange parasite on March 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm

        Oh look the ponytail believes in math but not in science like global warming. ;-( SAD!

        Does anyone not in a bike gang or the first grade that isn’t female still have a ponytail?

        • Earl on March 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm

          Who says it actually him? I sincerely doubt anyone would post their own picture on a blog like this…but all that hate you have inside has probably dulled your thought process. Such as it was in the first place. BTW great name. However it would be more fitting, in your particular case, if you just dropped the “Orange”

          • Orange the new Black on March 9, 2017 at 6:48 pm

            Look how quickly it’s devolved into insults. So much for the serious talk everyone says they want.

            People that are willing to turn a blind eye to racism, science and history that spent the last 8 years claiming the POTUS was you pick the insult now want to claim they are serious.

            Clowns!

            • Orange the new Black on March 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm

              On the avatar thing why is that people like Attila will use a confederate flag and so many Trump supporters are Neo-Nazis with swastikas?

              Are there any supporters of this president that don’t fly a flag of a past enemy? Now all our “patriots” fly enemy flags. Just today Hanity posted about how he would trust Russia over the CIA. You morons have let every bad influence infiltrate the party.

              Really we are supposed to believe someone as obviously stupid and arrogant as Jim would use such a stupid looking photo if it wasn’t actually himself.

            • Earl on March 10, 2017 at 4:40 am

              You leftists just love your Guy Fawkes masks, or the cyber equivalent of same. Never pick a handle and just post under it. Always throw stones from the shadows. Its what liberals do… and one of the things that’s damaged this blog.

            • OneOverPluto on March 10, 2017 at 7:18 am

              I appeal to the jury.
              Has orange confirmed my post?

  8. Rafael on March 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I enjoy reading this blog. For some reason I was blocked temporarily for a few days, but was unsure why. With or without comments I will read the posts. The trolling was frustrating, but some comments were helpful. I’m good either way.

  9. Rick on March 9, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I was wondering why I got banned. I don;t think I comment early nor often!! Good to be able to see the blog again…

  10. IOKIYAR on March 9, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Late to the party. Just wanted to add that I too enjoy reading the blog, though not for the same reasons as others. Comments, no comments, makes no difference. Not like there’s a ton of activity on the site. As for bans, if a troll uses a popular VPN service, an IP ban doesn’t affect only one person.

  11. TOR the ban killer on March 10, 2017 at 2:58 am

    it’s easy to get around a ban on poorly setup sites if you use the TOR client.

    Comments or not this site won’t change. Poli is a borderline psycho. All the bad behavior people whine about was/is fine with all snowflakes that don’t like ot now when it was used to annoy liberals that used to post here…just saying.

    you snowflake hypocrites should go find a quiet place to lay-down and have a nice cry.

    • PoliPundit on March 10, 2017 at 11:08 am

      When everyone around you assumes Hillary will win, and you confidently predict that Trump will take Pennsylvania, you can appear insane.

      The world is gone mad. I’m one of the few sane people left. But our president will cure billions of their insanity through his leadership.

      • die fake asshole on March 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm

        In a 50/50 you picked the person to win you back. That’s isn’t punditry it isn’t even brave it’s pathetic.

        “our president will cure billions of their insanity” That is the kind of shit right there that makes you look nuts. Trump is creating the perfect storm for America. I’ll be in shock if he doesn’t put the nation decades back and destroy the economy.

  12. Dr. Zaius on March 10, 2017 at 3:22 am

    So why’s it been so quiet? Did someone spray a can of Troll-Be-Gone?

    • PoliPundit on March 10, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Yep. I got tired of Pluto; so I kept ramping up the banning until he was almost shut out.