Comments and Commenters

*subhead*New Policy.*subhead*
As any long-time reader of CMR can tell you, Matt and I have always preferred to have as open a comment policy as possible with one basic rule--anonymous + nasty = deleted.

This has worked for us for 5 1/2 years. Of course, I had to delete a comment here and there, but it was generally manageable.

But recently we have seen a great influx of the most filthy, vitriolic, and cowardly anonymous comments that I decided to turn anonymous commenting off while I was on vacation. I left it off for a few weeks afterwards.

After receiving a few complaints by genuine commenters about the policy, I turned it back on this week. Since then, I have deleted hundreds of comments. I have deleted more comments in the past days than I have since the creation of this site.

Since I have many better things to do than to clean up poop after dogs, I have decided that I am indefinitely suspending anonymous comments on this site.

I know this is an inconvenience for some and I apologize, but it is necessary.

Comments

  1. Yay. Salvage found you. How this kid manages to troll Catholic blogs all day and still manage to keep his parents basement livable is beyond me. Have fun with em. Everyone on the Curt Jesters site does.

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  2. Actually just yesterday salvage said...
    "Actually they only seem to be deleting the idiot "Anonymous" posts."
    Now he is complaining about his rancor against Catholicism is being deleted. (Example: "Catholic teaching is to HATE homosexuals" which is demonstrably false.) I think there is plenty of evidence right there to suggest salvage is being trollish and we all know the Catechism says we should hate trolls so maybe that's the reason?
    And now Marco 212 too.... don't feed the trolls

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  3. Salvage - perhaps is because you refuse to offer any evidence of your claims? Chick-fil-a is not homophobic, and from what I've seen you've failed to offer any evidence to the contrary.

    As to your other claims, why bother? Your shoddy argumentation won't convince anyone here. Why not shake the dust from your feet and move on?

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  4. Marco, define "actively discriminate."

    Also, adopting a child is NOT a right. Heterosexual couples don't have the "right" to adopt a child any more than gay couples do. You are very misinformed.

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  5. Good call, guys. I'm sorry if I came off as overly cranky in the previous post.

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  6. No problem Paul, my frustration is with them. As you should see above, I am making some progress on automatically filtering comments of registered but nasty commenters too.

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  7. Wise decision. You both have done a fabulous job of rejecting virtual shouting matches with degrading and degraded comments (and possibly commenters). sigh. No more anonymous for me:).

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  8. Aww I think we upset poor patty :((((

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  9. I am a loyal CMR reader and I generally ignore the comments all together. That being said, I am glad you did this, if they don't get attention, they will give up.

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  10. I've always thought a good rule of thumb is if you would be embarrassed to say it in front of your grandmother, you probably shouldn't say it at all.

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  12. Sorry this had to happen guys.

    Just had to do the same on my blog for the same reasons. Oh well. =/

    Look forward to a better commenting environment.

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  13. Eh, I'm uncharitable and angry enough. Best to not give me troll bait. Especially since I think the best part of this site is to give voice to the more masculine side of Christianity, just so people at least know it exists. Everyone knows there are people angry at the Church, so, what's the point.

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  14. I suspect these are Obama's campaign maggots surfing the web and pumping Kool Aid or bile. These slaves are pathetic scum sucking bottom dwellers like their Democrat masters.

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  15. Ugh. I'm an anonymous commenter only because I can never remember my Blogger password.

    There were some unintended benefits of the vile comments this morning. I made sure to buy lunch at Chick-Fil-A today! $44 to feed my crew. And not a sign that the local store was hurting. Plenty of people in the restaurant even at 2:00.

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  16. In Elkton, Chick-Fil-A gives its workers a day of rest on Sunday. Thursday was free breakfast morning, I do not know about now, but try to keep the free breakfast crowd out. Good luck Chicago. You got fake people? Do fake husbands and fraudulent wives eat real food?

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  17. I was wondering why I couldn't comment. Thanks for explaining; it's a shame this happened. The world is getting to be a really ugly place.

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  18. Man I read some of those comments the other day and good lord there some of the most disgusting, idiotic bile I've ever read.

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  19. *checks to see if the wordpress commenting works through openID*

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  20. *checks the wordpress version*

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  21. No subscribe-to-comments option, but those two work, and if you see this-- so does LiveJournal. Not a perfect solution, but it's something.

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