I will first say that I’m not a fan of deleting blogs and banning bloggers. For the most part posts are forgotten and trolls go away. While I have no ethical or moral reason for this (free speech, agency, whatever) I just always figure the conversation will resolve itself or die.
Well, it didn’t this tim so I ended it.
The original post I felt was a funny joke. Not everyone felt the same. That’s fine. Some Bloggernacle regulars (and 9M regulars) respectfully disagreed and I respected their opinions for it. Then a few newcomers came (which all mysteriously had similar names and writing styles) to call us to repentance, shame us and demand that we apologize. These demands were laced with personal attacks of their own to which I warned banning if it continued. Of course Arnold Layne continued anyway so I banned him.
At the same time that I removed the post gst emailed me and asked me if he could write an apology to end the Monsters thread. If I would have gotten that email a minute earlier I probably would have done that rather than this, but what’s done is done (especially in Typepad… I hate this thing… anyone want to help me switch to WordPress?). I have since replaced the thread but have disabled comments.
Regarding DKL, we had a few emails back and forth. I explained that if he was hurt by this I would do whatever it took to repair the damage. I even said I’d delete the post. He never said anything and even told me he had no hard feelings about this whole episode. Through this whole thing I’ve tried to be as sensitive as I could with DKL because the joke was about him.
But now, I don’t care what DKL thinks. Since I took down the thread he’s complained that I didn’t take it down earlier (because it has people sticking up for him unlike the other blogs where nobody sticks up for him), insulted me and wants an apology. Um… okay, there is the BoH mini-series (between DKL and DKL-as-Miranda) that he himself created for the whole purpose of getting people to defend him and exclaim their hatred for him.
Whatever. I’m over this thread and I’m over DKL.
Note: if you are planning on continuing the Monsters conversation here don’t count on it. Your comment will not only be deleted but you will be banned. DKL is not banned… yet, but he’s so far over the edge that it won’t take much for it to happen. My comment policy is this: “If I don’t like what you say I’ll ban you.” Another thing, if you are one of those whose first ever comment was on the Monsters thread you are on the same edge that DKL is. It will take a bunch of NORMAL comments on other threads for you to move yourself away from that edge.
And if DKL wants to go and whine on other blogs about his (probable) banning, so be it. It sounds like he’s planning on retiring from the blogs. Great! Now we can all move on and talk about the Gospel or sneaking food into theaters or whatever else that is not DKL.