IN DOMICILE, JULY 4, 2007
The unilateral Declaration of the Blogger
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one blogger to dissolve the permissive bands which have connected him with trolls and to assume among the powers of the Web, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitles him, a decent respect to the opinions of the Blogosphere requires that he should declare the causes which impel him to the separation.
I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all discourse is not equally valid, nor constructive, nor is anyone endowed by his Creator with any unalienable Right to destroy all Harmony and chance for Civil Discourse in a forum provided by the Labour of Another. All men are equally free, however, to start their Own Blogs, where they will be fully entitled to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Starting today, if you want to comment on this blog, you must authenticate your identity using something called Typekey. I’m not even sure how it works. I just turned it on, and wrote this post.
This is yet another experiment, designed to make this a civil forum where we can have a lively, constructive interchange of ideas without all the ad hominem, partisan garbage that we have come to expect from a number of malicious people, ranging from merely obnoxious personalities to the truly disturbed. (Most of them have one thing in common, though: They are cowards, as evidenced by their anonymity.) This has kept reasonable people away.
Welcome back, reasonable people. As to those few good souls who actually wished to add to our understanding but had some legitimate (but still mysterious to me) reasons to remain unknown, I’m sorry. This is like the steps taken in response to the Tylenol scare — a few jerks spoiling it for the rest of us. Now, you will have safety seals and a troll-proof cap to get through. Sorry.
We’ll see how this works. If it doesn’t (and within minutes, two or three particularly obsessed individuals who apparently don’t have real lives will be doing all they can to get around it), we’ll try requiring all comments to be approved by me before appearing. I REALLY don’t want to do that, but it’s an option.
So let’s try this.
If you are a legitimate, verifiable commenter who has trouble authenticating with this system, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And be patient. It might be tomorrow before I can do anything about it.