I've had enough trouble with spam in trackbacks that I've had to eliminate the feature, but I intend to protect the integrity of my Comments section. If you spam me for any reason in the Comments section -- I don't care if it's for your business, your hobby, your political party, or your religious affiliation -- you are going to have your IP banned. Comments are for witty, playful, and/or thoughtful and pertinent dialogue, not for dropping turds in the punchbowl and not for glomming advertising space off of my bandwidth. Have I made myself perfectly clear? Because I'm using my Teacher Voice.
The people who have been doing this know who they are. Regular commenters probably haven't noticed their presence, because I've been booting them out as expeditiously as possible.
And, by the way, regular commenters can feel free to advertise anything they want.
It is truly a mystery to me, and a source of professional awe, how Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom has managed for so long to stay creative, to stay original, and to stay productive in the face of constant, destructively malicious personal attacks, not only by one crazed stalker, but by presumably sane individuals who simply don't like his politics. I'm not talking about people who disagree, even vehemently, with Jeff's positions on the issues, but people who seem to think it’s their mission in life to make it
impossible for a writer they disagree with politically to build an original and creative space for himself-- people who taunt, and demean, and belittle, and never, never let up. I don’t know how Jeff's singular voice has endured for as long as it has. I
would be a zombie copying out the telephone directory by now if my writing had been subjected to the
pressures that Jeff’s has been. I think this is why the political side of the web has, with very few exceptions, devolved into a state of such dreary, self-perpetuating redundancy. Originality doesn't blossom easily in an atmosphere of emotional abuse.
I owe a lot to Jeff Goldstein. He has been a great friend and a mentor. If there had been no Protein Wisdom, there would be no Scribal Terror, and that's a fact. It was Jeff who showed me that a writer can create something worth working at -- in the long term -- within the confines of blogspace, and it was Jeff who showed me that it was worth fighting to create something new when the pressure is always either to conform or to kill the joke by explaining it over and over. I hope the joke hasn't been killed for good at Protein Wisdom, that Jeff hasn't just become mortally sick of tossing pearls before swine, but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.