A not very important but necessary announcement

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September 7, 2006 by AK

As my readers may have noticed, the comments section of this blog has been frequented by the person or persons who runs the notorious blog, La Russophobe. Those comments are as a rule aggressive, sometimes inflammatory, bordering on offensive and insulting, apparently intended to provoke an emotional, and therefore poorly thought-out or personal response. I have mustered up my patience and tried to engage La Russophobe in a meaningful, rational discussion — with mixed, mostly negative results.

Most recently, La Russophobe’s comments have become a bit too offensive and personal, convincing me that further dialogue is counterproductive — a waste of my time and nerve cells. From now on, La Russophobe’s comments are unwelcome here. I will also ignore that blogger’s comments on third-party sites. I reserve the right to delete any and all comments I find offensive, personal or otherwise out of place.

This is the first time I have had to ban a commenter since I set up this blog three and a half years ago. I hope my readers will agree that persistent trolling and baiting should not be tolerated.


7 comments »

  1. Hmmm … how very neo-Soviet of you. Russians always seem to try to solve the problem of criticism by killing the critic (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn all met similar fates). I take it you’re not going to even try to substantiate your claim about the alleged murder of a “Russian girl” by Chechens, but rather will try to hide from your lack of substance. Figures.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Alexei,

    You said, “I hope my readers will agree that persistent trolling and baiting should not be tolerated.”

    Yes, indeed: we agree.

  3. Russians always seem to try to solve the problem of criticism by killing the critic (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn all met similar fates).

    The sentence that made (the remainder of) my day.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes, LR’s comparison of herself with Pushkin, Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn is one of the funniest things I’ve seen this year.

  5. ANONYMOUS: Who’s “we”?

    NIKOLAY: It’s a pity you find the imprisonment of Dosteoevsky and Solzhenitsyn and the kiling of Pushkin to be something that can make your day. The fact that Russians can still seek to practice censorship even after it has laid them low is a tragedy to say the least.

  6. W. Shedd says:

    The “woman” is a self-aggrandizing simpleton, who has failed to learn how to discuss differences of opinion in any sort of rational way. This past week she has turned her attention to my own blog, and if she continues on her current path will likely feel the “business end” of my ban-hammer as well.

    To be perfectly honest, I’ve had the feeling she is secretly a pro-Putin plant who seeks to discredit all critics by over-the-top commentary. Even legimate critics would do well to distance themselves from her senseless rants.

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