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Open season on trolls

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Sep. 30, 2012 at 12:01 am |
September 28, 2012 6:29 pm

Fair warning.

People who follow our blogs will note that comments must now be shifted to Facebook. Love it or loathe it, Facebook requires commenters to post actual names. We’ve already noticed a big improvement in the quality of the conversations, which is exactly what we were hoping for.

Our letters blog in particular had turned into a nest of vipers. Writers with the courage to sign their names were being spattered with noisome fluids by small souls hiding behind idiotic handles.

When you see a troll’s post, picture a 47-year-old loser living in his mother’s basement, hunching over his computer every waking hour and tearing down real human beings through the miracle of the Internet. Yeah, we know who you are.

The transition to Facebook erased all previous comments. Consider it an amnesty. Don’t imagine, nasty boys, that you’ll beat the system by inventing a false “real name.” We recognize your voice. Your comments will blow your cover.

I will have no problem banning commenters permanently if they persist in personal attacks or other vile stuff that poisons the conversation.

In fact, it will make my day.

Patrick O’Callahan, editorial page editor (real name)

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