May 05 2011

Ritholtz, NCap on trolls, plants and platypuses

Posted by: Nick Shaxson in: Thoughts

Naked Capitalism is running a fun discussion of comments policy, in light of the numerous suspected ‘trolls’ and plants that dog the blogosphere. The best pointer is to the Barry Ritholtz / Big Picture comments policy, which says

This may be a free country, but The Big Picture is my personal fiefdom. I rule over all as benevolent dictator. I will ban anyone whom I choose from posting comments — usually, for a damned good reason, but on rare occasions, for the exact same reason God created the platypus: because I feel like it.

Hah! Beautifully put. Naked Capitalism writes, rather poetically:

I’m not as interventionist as Barry. He likes a manicured French garden (think Versailles) while I like a more natural looking English style garden (think the northern half of Central Park). Nevertheless, gardens demand some minding or they become overrun with weeds.

Fun posts for a serious issue. I haven’t suffered it much yet, but have fallen foul of apparent trolls and plants occasionally, such as here and here.

Both posts are worth reading. Interesting notes on firms such as HB Gary, caught in the act of trolling.

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