We're a fairly quirky lot, and we generally love how you blend your own neuroses into the messages you post in the Indy's
comments. That said ...
Sometimes you come to a tipping point. Like when you can. not. read one more screech from an abusive person who fires from behind the anonymity of a screen name. And so it was the other day when we looked under the hood of the Independent’s
comments machinery and found Siggie
... again ... behaving reprehensibly.
Siggie was once Smartestman, who was banned from posting in the Indy’s
comments. He snagged a new email account and came back as Siggie. And because we consider our comments zone to be a bit of a free-for-all ... and because we are not prudes ... we let him blather on. But, and this is where that tipping point thing comes in, we’re done. Siggie/Smartestman has been banned from posting in our comments. (And to Siggie: Don’t just get a new email account, strap on some coconut shells and come back as Betty. You’re not welcome.)
To the rest of you people who look upon the Indy
comment utility as your personal bully pulpit, hiding behind your screen name while you heap verbal abuse on other commenters — and we all know who you are — either quit with the name-calling and childish behavior or get the hell out.
America’s public discourse is in the crapper, and this week we proudly make a flush. (BTW: You can read the Indy's
user registration agreement here