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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Rules of the Site

Over the last few days, we have had one interested blogger send almost 200 comments to the site about the identity of NLS. To be fair, we never published rules to our site, so here they are.

#1- Keep comments on topic to the post. For example, it is fine to talk about the identity of NLS when we post a discussion board on that. It is not ok to take over the discussions on individual races on that topic.

#2- Multiple comments are fine, but please give other people a chance to talk. It is not ok to make ten comments in a row (within 3 minutes of each other) pretending to be different people- all agreeing with your original post.

#3- Try not to attack people personally. As we said in the Washington Post, we are careful and take responsibility for what goes into our posts on the main page. If you slander someone as an anonymous comment and that person wants to sue you, blogger will give them your IP address and you will not be anonymous. Please keep that in mind.

#4- If someone is talking about you, and you are not a public figure (i.e. the conversation on Lowell Fulk's manager) we will take the comments down if you request it. To have that done just email notlarrysabato@hotmail.com

About 5 p.m. we will have our post for #3 on the Dirty Dozen posted, and the comments are open again now. We have another blog set up that will trace IPs and moderate comments that we will transfer to later today if we are spammed again.

Thank You.

21 Comments:

At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

woohoo, back up and running!

 
At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Pete Doherty said...

Good to have you back.

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Not-DonaldTrump said...

You're such a liar, there haven't been 200 comments. Why do you continue to lie??

 
At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously Ben, stop being an ass.

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what's the truth? You have IP addresses now? Or you will if you change sites?

"If you slander someone as an anonymous comment and that person wants to sue you, blogger will give them your IP address and you will not be anonymous."

"We have another blog set up that will trace IPs and moderate comments that we will transfer to later today if we are spammed again"

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Thanks for the question.

I don't have keep IP's for this account, as I have said before. However, Blogger DOES and will turn them over if needed.

On the new site I would be tracing IPs as well as moderating comments.

 
At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that's great. Let's start tracking IP's.....let's start with yours Not Larry Sabato!!

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Go ahead, I'll respond to your email, track me. notlarrysabato@hotmail.com

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger Maura in VA said...

Most of us bloggers like to think that there's a difference between a useful, informative blog that allows anonymous comments and a "slam book".

Thanks for adding a few sensible rules that may help bring this one back from the "slam book" side. :-)

BTW, we call the multiple comments by the same poster pretending to be lots and lots of different people "Astroturf", as in fake grassroots.

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Shaun Kenney said...

Astroturf! Ha! I love it!

Gotta remember that one.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said...

Ha Ha Ha. Has anyone threatened to sue?

 
At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben, if you can't track IP's, how do you know if it's one person or many people posting?

 
At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Purple Dog said...

REVEAL YOURSELF NLS! AHEM, BEN TRIBBETT

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

5:44- Because only one person calls NLS "Ben" on here, and all of their posts come together in spurts.

 
At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plenty of other people are onto you Ben. Including me.

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not Larry Sabato says he will remove all comments about individuals that are not public figures. Notice how Not Larry Sabato doesn't remove comments attacking Ben? I think I join the rest of Virginia Democrats in saying that despite Ben's collosal interpersonal failings, he is still not at a level deserving the status of public figure. That being said, Not Larry Sabato is an individual that feels Ben is a truly great man and deserves the status of public figure. Only two people in the world hold that belief. Ben Tribbet and his own mother.

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Actually I said: "will take the comments down if you request it." Yesterday the Blue Dog requested it, and we took comments down. When others email we will do the same.

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger Not-DonaldTrump said...

If Ben Tribbett "emails" you, will you take them down?

 
At 5:27 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Same rules for all, so yes.

 
At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben Tribbett emailing Ben Tribbett to take down posts would be FUNNY!

 
At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben Tribbett, how's life now that your identity is revealed?

 

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