Well, this post is not one I’d normally write, or put up on this blog, but I want to get away from the last one, which seems to have taken on a life of its own, and see if I can burn through this topic a bit.
I’m not that computer savvy, but it seems to me that the instances we’ve discovered in which cl leaves comments under different names, “by mistake” (scare quotes intended), and his excuses for doing so just don’t pass the smell test. At least not the one my nose relies on.
Looking at the three instances, here, here and the latest here, correct me if I’m wrong, but when I go to someone else’s WordPress blog, if I’m not logged in, there are three entry fields for my name, my email addy, and my website (which is optional). If I’ve been there before, or even if I’m not (not sure, I’m usually logged in as SI, so it’s a rarity) simply clicking on the name block, for instance, brings up my name (SI usually), but I think there are other names that the computer stores in some internal database, such as my real name that I might enter at a commercial site when using a credit card. If I used any other name, it would be in a drop down list, and usually the last name I entered is on top.
So, my point here is, if cl came to my blog to enter a comment as a non-Wordpress user (which I don’t believe he is) and hurriedly entered a comment without looking at the name that was inserted in the name box, wouldn’t the explanations (and here) he’s given us for his use of other names set forth above be disingenuous? Those names were either intentionally typed in on those specific instances, or they had already been used by him elsewhere and inadvertently entered because of his past use. In other words, he’s sock-puppeting somewhere else, and maybe even here, and getting caught on my blog with the residual evidence.
I’d really like to have this hashed out, because I’m seriously thinking of banning him as a troll. I’ve only done that once and find such a course of action distasteful, because…well, just because. I’m a big fan of the 1st Amendment, and while technically it doesn’t apply on private blogs, I’d be a hypocrite if I willy-nilly banned someone without a good reason.
Am I missing something?
Isn’t that the way it works?