Wednesday, September 8, 2021

A note about comments on this blog

Dear Readers,

Lately, we've had trolling in the comment sections, and it's not easy, balancing a community forum with an occasional asshole.

But when it comes to free speech, I believe the remedies are always worse than the problem. 

Research tells us the best way to deal with trolls is to ignore them. It's not always easy, because they will call you names and, if you don't respond, they'll do everything possible to rattle your cage. That's because they are generally not well. Think about it: They're sitting at home, picking fights online. Yeesh. So it's not your fault. You just happen to be in their line of fire. Don't let them get to you.

On that note, I want to welcome all readers - Yankee haters, too - to tell me what a moron I am, and how stupid and unreadable my posts are. I'm good with that. Here's how it works: I get my say, and you get yours. 

But please, be nice to each other. 

And if somebody attacks you, here's my request: 

Do nothing. Do not respond. Do not react. Just ignore them. I will try to delete offensive comments, though it won't happen instantaneously. If somebody starts hurling obscenities and personal attacks, frankly, we should feel collectively sorry for that person. It's gotta be awful, being so angry. But we should not give them the attention they crave. If anything, they deserve our sympathy.

Listen: These are hard times to be a Yankee fan. The team is collapsing in slow motion, while its greatest modern player - aka Derek Jeter - occupies our memories. I don't blame someone for wanting to lash out. But let's cool it down, okay? When a team collapses - like this one is doing - we need a space to heal, not to fight.

But you can still rant about Cashman. That's gotta be something, right?


Carl J. Weitz said...

El Duque...I agree with you 5000% ! The occasional asshole is not worth the censorship it would take to eradicate the problem.

HoraceClarke67 said...

Duque, you are, as always, our Peerless Leader.

Alphonso said...

The vitriolic comments to which you refer are a result of hacking by Putin.

He has successfully undermined our democracy, and now he is trying to undermine our national pastime.

- J. Stalin VIII

Wezil1 said...

Thank you, Sir. The coarse way people treat each other is so sad.

Anonymous said...

An obscenity was deleted by the author.


Anonymous said...


I think we have the right to question the thoroughness and hence the sincerity of your professed intention of clearing the site of the increasingly deranged sprees of abuse that are marring discourse here. Below you will find a slew of examples of vile abuse posted just since yesterday--nearly all of them by "Rufus T. Firefly" or one of his sock-puppet alterantive identities (and one by Dick Allen and one by Kevin) that you have curiously NOT deleted despite your professions about sage and even-handed policing. Frankly, this seems to betray an unseemly tolerance for diseased abuse from your pet frat-boy favorites like Firefly, who has been by far the most deranged and virtiolic verbal slasher on this blog. Yet you have deleted far milder comments from sources OTHER than Firefly while allowing much of his verbal vomitorium to continue to befoul your beloved blog. This seeming double standard is appalling.

The comments below are all from the past two days--it will take you about three to four minutes at most to scan the threads and find them and delete them, which is what you need to do as a deterrent IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. Let's see if these comments are still there in a few hours, and then we'll know whether your statement is empty piety or a welcome and long-overdue comeuppance for the vilest of the serial offenders.

Blogger Rufus T. Firefly said...
Puckered! How can we miss you when you won't go away?

Wanna come to the next meet up? We'd ALL love to meet you!

September 7, 2021 at 8:10 PM

Blogger DickAllen said...
Rufus, he is an annoying little cunt, isn't he?

A lot like having a snotty little brother...

...except he's not here to slap around some.

Or having shit on your shoe and no place to wipe it off.

September 7, 2021 at 8:39 PM

Blogger Rufus T. Firefly said...
Antoinette was a pussy two years ago. I paid for a ticket for her to show up at the Yankee game. Wimped out. That was two years ago and she still hasn't come up with a sociable interaction. Just a little maggot with no social skills and lots of vitriol. Too much of a keyboard warrior to follow up in any manner. Was going to 'out' me two years ago due to her superior interweb skills. Still waiting. The only way we'll get rid of her is to get moderation on the site.

September 7, 2021 at 9:10 PM

Blogger Rufus T. Firefly said...
Meanwhile the game is nearly as fucked up as puckered.

September 7, 2021 at 9:11 PM

Anonymous Kevin said...
Rode munch anon, are you totally stupid ? I was using your WAR numbers for Gallo. Get the HELL off the Crystal so that you can actually respond to an hypothetical scenario. Now, take some blues, chill, and try again, you son of a BITCH.

September 7, 2021 at 10:14 PM

Blogger Rufus T. Firefly said...
Let's face facts.

Each and EVERY ONE of us, out of the blue, without provocation, INITIATED invective insults against the piece of shit known as Stat boy/stat bitch/pizza boy/little cunt/anal anon/Buck's puckered hemorrhoid/total loser asshole who lives in mommy's basement. And she is not a socially maladjusted psychopath.

He NEVER initiated any of the vitriol.

Except on days that end in "Y".

September 8, 2021 at 7:31 AM

Blogger Rufus T. Firefly said...
Stat bitch/puckered has devolved even further to questioning who stole the strawberries. And she must have had the day off from the pizza palace yesterday. Even though she is paranoid, everyone still hates her. She's still bitter about not getting that job in the analytical department.

The good news is the Yankees won't lose this afternoon for the first time in four days. They don't play until tonight.

September 7, 2021 at 9:47 AM

Anonymous said...
Stat BITCH, has anyone ever actually agreed with your source less opinions? Who on this blog hasn't gotten into a nasty, obscene war of words with you, sociopath?

September 7, 2021 at 9:32 AM

Anonymous said...

Duque, right as always! Thank you for posting this.

The Hammer of God

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Sure Duque.

Feel free to delete this comment.

Puckered has initiated every single instance. Please be vigilant regarding deleting her vitriolic posts.

Anonymous said...

Notice above that the incorrigible Firefly fligs the abusive epithet "puckered" even though duque has asked people NOT to engage in this sort of verbal assault. So what are you going to do to deter "Firefly," duque who has just effectively given you the finger with his last post? Just sit back and let him destroy the blog just after you asked him politely to stop? Leave his stream of past abuse in place rather than deleting it as a deterrent? Are you serious about stopping this? Then you have to address the problem of "Firefly," directly to him, without delicate tip-toeing around the problem.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Puckered refuses to leave a name, so she goes by what we know her for.

Being a puckered hemorrhoid.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

" Everyone now knows what the source of the problem is."

Even a blind hog...

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Nice try, wasn't me.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Puckered, did you know there was a game on?

Or that an ex-Yankee was inducted into the HOF today?

Check his WAR/IVP/WTF/IDC stats!

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Puckered refuses to leave a name, so she goes by what we know her for.

Being a puckered hemorrhoid.

...or we could use Antoinette.

TheWinWarblist said...

I have an awful platonic love for you Duque. Peerless Leader yes. I have no respect for anyone that won't sign their name or pseudonym to their posts. If you've got something to say, say it and own your words. Duque, you are so correct that it's a form of illness to pick anonymous fights on the internet. Yeesh, indeed.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Pizza boy has never answered a single question. That says it all.

HEY PIZZA BOY! Find a single instance where I said ANYTHING anti-vaccine.

Or... Shut the fuck up, you useless humorless vacuous douchebag.

Cmon little ahole. Cite one instance.

Just one.

You've flamed about it for weeks.



Goodbye asshole.