Thursday, December 18, 2008

Drive-by Character Assasination

I've heard it said that gossip is character assassination regardless of whether or not there's any truth to what is being passed on between prurient and voyeuristic interested and concerned parties.

I'm inclined to agree -- it doesn't matter if it's true or not, gossip is destructive at best and diabolical at worst.

A drive-by, anonymous commenter has been making the rounds of greater blogdom with a copy-and-paste smear campaign on an author/blogger, and left a copy here on a post from almost a year ago. Don't waste your time looking -- it's been deleted (the comment, not the original post).

Generally, I don't like deleting comments -- it can smack of censorship or historical revisionism. However, there are times where I choose to delete comments. I don't have a hard-and-fast grid for deciding, but generally:
  1. Vulgar references, or gratuitous and unnecessary profanity,
  2. Malicious "baiting" that derails conversation into pointless rabbit trails,
  3. Heresy-hunting trolls (see #2 above),
  4. And most recently, drive-by, unsubstantiated character assassinations -- especially from anonymous commenters...
...will disappear into the ether as if they never existed.

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