Wednesday, April 7, 2010
All good things come to an end, and I've decided that the entertainment value provided by the antics of one of the Canadian Blogosphere's most notorious trolls has become outweighed by the cost in traffic, referrals, and intelligent contributions.
Sure, we'll miss things like the insistence that octagons are really triangles, that Kent Hovind really isn't a creationist because he believes in adaptation, that Kirk Cameron's Crocoduck routine was a winning argument, or the reinvention of Canada as a confederacy that elects its Prime Ministers, but that's all still available to the public (including H.R. personnel) via the magic of Google.
Just to put on record the kinds of things that have made this action necessary:
-The unprovoked personal attacking of other posters, including (but not limited to) gratuitous namecalling.
-Constantly diverting discussion away from the topic at hand to strawmen.
-Assuming a sock-puppet identity for the purposes of dishonest provocateurism.
-Abusing the comments section to carry out personal vendettas against 3rd party bloggers.
-Consistently reducing comment threads to repeated adolescent, chest thumping, victory-by-fiat responses.
-Consistent, unabashed trolling with no effort whatsoever made to discuss the topic at hand.
As a result, ETP regrets to announce its first (and hopefully last) ban. Congrats, Patrick Ross... you worked hard to earn it.
(please bear with us in the upcoming few weeks as we implement the ban and address the inevitable efforts to circumvent it. In the mean time, any and all commentary from contributers other than "Kid Cash", including dissent, is more than welcome).