May 17, 2005

Can we get on with it, please???: This shit needs the banhammer applied, post haste.

posted by lil_brown_bat to editorial policy at 06:57 PM - 64 comments

...and sorry for the double, I got an error.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:57 PM on May 17

Error credited to LBB at shortstop, and BlueKarma advances to second base for a double. That was supposed to be a clever play on words, but I don't think it worked. A Baseball Play on Words! Ha! Sorry. I agree that this guy is a total douche, though. Not sure you can ban him for being ignorant and incendiary, though. He's just voicing his own retarded opinion. Things had calmed down for a while, but I would imagine the Pantheon might have new things planned for the new Spofi update. Hopefully we'll see a new "trial period" or something when changes are made. Hope so, anyway.

posted by Samsonov14 at 07:36 PM on May 17

You people are too fast to ban others... He is hardly calling out for a banning. Can we get on with it and ease off?

posted by StarFucker at 07:39 PM on May 17

What would call out for a banning, StarFucker? Organizing a real live cross-burning on some Christ-killer's lawn?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:41 PM on May 17

I bet that would do it.

posted by wfrazerjr at 07:46 PM on May 17

If we started banning for inflammatory assholeishness, you'd have gone a long time ago, lbb. Just ignore him - he has just as much of a right to his opinions as you do.

posted by dusted at 08:22 PM on May 17

Whatever, dusted. You've got the right to your opinion of what constitutes "inflammatory assholeishness", but somehow I don't think I ever went anywhere close to the level of suggesting that two thousand years of antisemitism was a just punishment for not accepting Christ as one's personal savior. You're right, let the Jews of SpoFi suck it up.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:01 PM on May 17

T-minus 3... 2... 1... Yay! We've reached Metafilter! Let's all punch ourselves in the privates! "One small step for Man, and man do my balls hurt."

posted by Samsonov14 at 09:21 PM on May 17

Assholiness is next to assgodliness. (Hm. That doesn't work neither.) Anyway. It's one thing to be an asshole. It's quite another to talk racism and anti-semitism. I'm not for banning anyone unless they piss on the parade to the point where it crowds out the actual discussion. Not sure where the line is, but he's awful close to it.

posted by chicobangs at 09:49 PM on May 17

I'm all for banning idiots that talk in all caps or say GO RED SOX over and over... Or even personal attacks... But lil_bat is suggesting we start censoring...which is fucking ridiculous.

posted by StarFucker at 10:22 PM on May 17

I am just curious as to what one has to do or how long a person has to be a "member" before they are considered one of the "chosen" normal people As a "Newbe" I would like to know whats expected. After reading these "banhammer" threads I dont feel really comfortable. I just want to know where this "line" is so that I dont cross it! I really like the discussions and the links here and I really dont want to have to leave......

posted by daddisamm at 10:46 PM on May 17

You seem pretty normal so far, daddisam... But don't say anything bad about jews or lil_bat will suggest we crucify you!

posted by StarFucker at 10:56 PM on May 17

But don't say anything bad about jews or lil_bat will suggest we crucify you! And make sure you don't say anything positive about female athletes, or SF will spit-the-bit in disgust.

posted by grum@work at 11:08 PM on May 17

Oh, I thought you said the Juice...'cause, yeah, I don't like him...but the Jews are alright.

posted by chris2sy at 11:40 PM on May 17

I forgot to add please don't ban me for joking to that last one...

posted by chris2sy at 11:42 PM on May 17

I am surprised Godwin's Law hasn't yet been invoked (referred to, yes, but not thread-killing), given the general nature of threads this week.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:45 PM on May 17

grum, that is wrong and you know it...

posted by StarFucker at 12:44 AM on May 18

grum, that is wrong and you know it... And here we learn that sauce for the goose is, in fact, not sauce for the gander. The gander doesn't like it, and we can't have that. I'll admit to being slightly in the wrong in that I didn't scrutinize every comment that bluekarma has made so far (it hasn't posted any links) before starting this; however, before you cry "censorship!" ( already did...well, ice and rest for those jerking-knee tendons), I looked at many and what I perceived was not a pattern of having unsavory opinions, but a pattern of provoking. The "Maybe God is not happy with the Jews" thing seemed so very over the top that I thought I was seeing a pure attempt to disrupt using the most insanely provocative thing that it could come up with in that context. It seemed not merely a noxious opinion but, as chicobangs put it, an attempt to "piss on the parade to the point where it crowds out the actual discussion". The subsequent remark, "Jews are still reaping 'karma' for their rejection of the Messiah" makes me wonder if this is, in fact, a sincerely-held antisocial belief. Also, bluekarma has posted some actual sports-related comments, rather than pure shit-stirring (although I include "Soccer isn't a sport" among the latter, not the former). However, at the time I scanned through blue's comments and thought, "Hmmm...pattern here?" I think it's worth discussing -- and it would be nice if that discussion could happen in a somewhat respectful manner, and without jerking the "censorship!" knee -- just how much "pissing" should be allowed. Obviously I'll abide by the consensus, and if it's a level that I don't like, I'll either bite my tongue, piss back, or go elsewhere. Get yer hip-waders...

posted by lil_brown_bat at 06:07 AM on May 18

All I know is that when the troll wins it makes the baby Jesus cry. Clearly from the comment history there's more than just jew-bashing, soccer-hating troll there though. Anyone ever has any success drawing that "line" between what is and isn't acceptable let me know, and I'll do you a little dance.

posted by squealy at 07:23 AM on May 18

We really are metatalk now aren't we? *cry* Where's that dancing banana for squealy?

posted by BigCalm at 08:14 AM on May 18

I feel sort of bad for posting the Link That Changed Everything. I just thought it was an amusing, dumb story, not an asshole magnet. There's just something about Nazis that brings out the worst in people...

posted by cobra! at 09:50 AM on May 18

Don't blame yourself cobra!, blame Jesus. Or the Jews. Or the dancing banana. I can't remember.

posted by 86 at 11:11 AM on May 18

God damn that banana. God damn it to hell.

posted by cobra! at 11:15 AM on May 18

We really are metatalk now aren't we? No. We don't subject individuals to a public shaming over etiquette issues. As it says atop the Locker Room, if you have a complaint about a member's conduct, contact the admins via e-mail. As for this guy, linking to his profile shows that all but a few of his recent comments are sports-related and not inflammatory.

posted by rcade at 11:18 AM on May 18

And make sure you don't say anything positive about female athletes, or SF will spit-the-bit in disgust. grum, that is wrong and you know it... You are correct. I made a mistake. I should have said: "And make sure you don't say anything positive about female sports, or SF will spit-the-bit in disgust." You've made many derisive/sarcastic comments in numerous threads about the WNBA, WUSA and (I believe) tennis. My favourite is the general blanket statement made in this one. Certain female athletes, however, you have no problem with.

posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on May 18

Here's how we're handling this situation. I don't think we can close discussions completely with the present software, as Matt does on MetaFilter, or I would in a couple recent threads.

posted by rcade at 11:22 AM on May 18

God damn that banana. ok. if you insist.

posted by goddam at 12:13 PM on May 18


posted by garfield at 12:23 PM on May 18

posted by dusted at 12:32 PM on May 18

At least rcade is not taking the Charles Barkley route.

posted by jasonspaceman at 01:04 PM on May 18

As it says atop the Locker Room, if you have a complaint about a member's conduct, contact the admins via e-mail. Does that email address work? I've written a couple times with no reply.

posted by danostuporstar at 02:16 PM on May 18

Ouch. It should. I will mail myself.

posted by rcade at 02:38 PM on May 18


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posted by qbert72 at 05:36 PM on May 18

dusted, what is that? A, um, dancing piece of fecal matter? I love it, btw.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 11:04 PM on May 18

I have written a couple of times and got no reply as well. ( to the admin address)

posted by daddisamm at 11:36 PM on May 18

dusted, what is that? A, um, dancing piece of fecal matter? A little brown bat??? (giggle...)

posted by smithers at 08:31 AM on May 19

A little brown bat??? (giggle...) Don't you go turning my nickname into a euphemism for poop, you!

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:55 AM on May 19

don't blame smithers, i thought of it too, but its just word association : little => brown => dancing => tehee.

posted by garfield at 09:11 AM on May 19

Hey, I laughed too. Good one, smithers. And dusted, if that's what it's supposed to be.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:31 AM on May 19

The admin address works, but because stuff comes in as, it has been getting filed with spam. I'll fix dat.

posted by rcade at 10:58 AM on May 19

No, not intended at all. It's just a little dancing poop to lighten the mood and keep the banana company... God, that's a weird sentence. (Dancing poop nicked from BARF.)

posted by dusted at 11:13 AM on May 19

SpoFi: Home of Boogie Banana and Prancing Poop.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:07 PM on May 19

Poopfilter... I think the dancing banana should be Sportsfilter's Logo.

posted by StarFucker at 02:28 PM on May 19

Spofi: we make shit dance.

posted by garfield at 02:56 PM on May 19

It really gets under my skin when people leave out News Alert Banana.

posted by rcade at 04:28 PM on May 19

We sorely need a graphic for the invocation of the banhammer. Anyone have any roughs to share?

posted by lilnemo at 06:13 PM on May 19

GO RED SOX! Boy, talk about someone crying out for the banhammer.

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:00 PM on May 19

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posted by goddam at 08:57 PM on May 19


posted by gspm at 09:18 PM on May 19

Croquet mallet is a nice touch!

posted by billsaysthis at 09:46 PM on May 19

SpoFi: Home of Boogie Banana and Prancing Poop. Those sound like the names of minor league baseball mascots.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:47 PM on May 19

Fraze, GO RED SOX! It's a joke, dude.

posted by Samsonov14 at 01:02 AM on May 20

Speaking of cats who are on fire, volfire's got it going on.

posted by dfleming at 01:10 PM on May 20

Okay, what the hell is going on with Sportsfilter?! For the past month it takes up to a minute or more to get the page open. Today, i couldn't get on from 10am or so till now. And it fucking sucks! Why does it keep timing out?!

posted by StarFucker at 04:39 PM on May 20

Because of something YOU did: You made the baby Jesus cry.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 04:47 PM on May 20

Nice one Starfucker. He's got a point though. I get the same problem all the bloody time. I reckon I only successfully get SpoFi to load 50% of the time. If that. I just assumed it was some anti-European thing.

posted by squealy at 04:48 AM on May 21

It is. SpoFi: Subtly anti-European.

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:28 PM on May 21

If it weren't for us, this site would be in German right now.

posted by yerfatma at 04:54 PM on May 21

Deine Zhne sind wie die Sterne: so gelb und so weit auseinander.

posted by dusted at 05:30 PM on May 21

Ja! Sehr gut. Das ist einfach! Ich liebe dich. Ich bin ein Frankfurter. Don't turn around, oh oh oh. Der Komisar's in town, oh oh oh! 99 sehr luftbalon ...

posted by worldcup2002 at 08:34 PM on May 21

I once had a dog with no nose . . .

posted by yerfatma at 09:00 PM on May 21

Dieses Marken wenig Richtung.

posted by sixpacker at 09:26 PM on May 21

sixpacker, the web translation tool I found gives this as the English version of what you wrote: This sign little direction. Babelfish agrees. What gives?

posted by billsaysthis at 05:59 PM on May 22

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