Wow. That was a hell of a comment, and despite being sorta off-topic, I'm definitely leaving it here. In case you were wondering, I rated it 5 too.
I'm rusty, the young rich white male heterosexual Liberal atheist owner of kuro5hin.org.
Actually, I'm not much of a liberal, in the screwed-up sense it's used in American politics, anyway. I shade between libertarian (sorta classic liberal I guess), anarchist, and pragmatist (if that's even a political philosophy).
But on all the other counts, boy have you got me pegged. Ok, I'm not all that rich either, but for a 23 year old, I make a good living. So I'm definitely young, white, male, and heterosexual. And a little liberal, and a tad richer than some.
Now that we've got the labels down, let's talk freedom. You can say any damn thing you please here. If I don't agree with it, I'll argue with you. If it's total nonsense, to which no argument could possibly even apply, *and* it's not funny, or even amusing, *and* it's been posted anonymously (and therefore no one is willing to stand up and take credit for what they have to say), I might delete it. So the criteria for me to actually identify and remove a troll is very very specific.
I won't delete your comments because you have, or espouse, a different race, gender, belief, worldview, or grammar than me. I *will* delete them if you insist on posting the same tiresome crap in every story, regardless of content, just to satisfy some childish need for attention (c.f. Slashdot, all stories, for references of this type of behavior). "Hot grits" is not a gender, or a race, or a belief system, or an oppressed minority (despite what some of the people in sid=moderation on /. would have you believe). Those are the sorts of posts I'm talking about when I say I'll delete trolls.
A few other responses:
Well, people who disagree with you aren't the danger. It's the people who deny others
the right to air their opinions who are the danger. THEY are the enemy of the free
society. When someone attempts to control speech, he is trying to control THOUGHT.
And when someone tries to control thought, he is trying to control EVERYTHING.
I'm trying to protect the freedom of regular contributors to this forum who have something to say to speak and be heard. I'm trying to keep the noise down, and the signal up. That's my only goal. I don't want to censor your opinions. And I'm sorry you got that impression.
Think of it this way. If I ran into your living room, off the street, and started hollering about Hot Grits, you'd call the police. You'd have me removed from your home, because I was spouting gibberish and being a nuisance. I can't even imagine you could make a "freedom of speech" case about that.
Now take the analogy further. Say I hung a sign outside my door that said "Discussion Salon, 12PM to 9PM, tea will be served." And I waited. And after a while, a few nice people showed up, and we sat around and had a good discussion about some stuff. Hopefully we wouldn't all just agree on everything, or it wouldn't be a very good discussion, would it? So we might argue a little, but no one's going to be kicked out for disagreeing. That's the point of discussion. Then imagine the same guy running in screaming about Hot Grits. While I may have said "Discussion Salon," and opened my door to the public, this person is clearly not the least bit interested in discussion, and just wants to hear himself babble about Hot Grits. If I didn't do something about this pointless nuisance, all my guests would go elsewhere, where they could talk and be heard. Eventually, they'd figure out that free speech is not about any idiot being able to say anything they want anywhere they want, but is in fact, about The Government not being allowed to lock someone up because they said something The Government doesn't like.
I am not The Government. I'm just a guy with a website. I want it to be a good place for people to discuss issues, and if that means sometimes I have to remove nuisances that impede that discussion, well, that's the unpleasant task I'm stuck with.
There are millions and millions of websites out there. If I decide some naked & petrified post doesn't belong on mine, there are literally thousands of other sites at which that poster could spread their message. So I don't think I'm even limiting anyone's speech.
And the old standby: if you don't agree with my policies, and you think you should have a forum where anyone can say anything at any time, you are always welcome to start your own. There are many sites that will even host your discussions, for free. So if I'm truly being a fascist, in your opinion, please start your own site, and I'll put it in my .sig.
There's a big world all around you. Do you dare to look outside your shell, and see the
variety of people out there? Do you dare to say "Hello!" to them and listen to what they
have to say? Maybe you should TALK to the African Americans and the gays, and find out
how they think, why they think it, why they do what they do, and what's important to
I live near Dupont Circle, in the middle of Washington DC. This is generally known as the gay area of town, so I do know a lot of gays. I talk to them frequently. In fact, my girlfriend just got back from a drag show down the street (I didn't go because I was preparing the Scoop 04 release-- she said I would've had fun). DC is an incredibly diverse city, Black, Hispanic, Indian, Asian, Ethiopian (damn good food, Ethiopian!), and on and on and on. I live with all kinds of people, and different races or colors or sexual orientations do not bother me in the slightest.
Of course, you didn't know any of that, because you don't know me. You just saw my troll policy and made a few assumptions, most of which were wrong. Just because you can label someone a young, rich, white, male, liberal, heterosexual American (hey, let's throw that in too!) doesn't mean you know a thing about them. Just like if you said I was an old, gay, poor, black Ethiopian. Either way, they're just words. What's amusing is that you used them so freely above to attack what you think of as "bad," and then lambaste me below for supposedly doing what in fact, it was you who did.
I hope that answers your concerns. And please make a user account. You seem like someone who has a lot to say. We like that. But next time, maybe check out what the truth is before you go on a long rant based on your assumptions.
Not the real rusty
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