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Although I’ve been overwhelmingly preoccupied with software-related issues over the last couple of weeks, I’m been pleased to note that our small webzine has attracted a bit of notice from the mainstream public policy community, with an article in The American Interest on the conservative intellectual world of California characterizing The Review as “a Trump-friendly, highbrow online journal with a devoted following.”

Founded in 2005 as a print and web publication by Francis Fukuyama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and several other prominent conservative-oriented policy intellectuals, TAI is a distinguished and influential publication, with a neoconservative-leaning group of contributors, and it’s quite heartening to know that although they might often disagree with our own writers on a wide range of issues, they seem aware of us and apparently do take our views seriously.

Furthermore, the tone of their description seemed quite accurate, since although our highly-eclectic collection of columnists and contributors has certainly written some strong criticisms of Donald Trump, on balance, our pieces have been much more supportive than not, and have certainly exhibited nothing remotely like the strident and near-100% hostility found in mainstream media publications, whether traditional or online. Furthermore, our highly active and opinionated commentariat is overwhelmingly pro-Trump, and the millions of words they spew forth each month usually far dwarf in volume the articles and columns to which they are supposedly responding.

 

Indeed, one important aspect of our own publication has been the absolute centrality of our aggregate commenting, now comfortably past 93 million words in total accumulation. With some exceptions by individual bloggers, we generally moderate our comments with an unusually light hand, partly necessitated by our shoestring operation, thus causing us to naturally draw a huge volume of outrageous and insulting commentary by deranged or fanatic individuals who would surely be banned or blocked almost everywhere else. But this same situation also simultaneously attracts discussants of remarkable knowledge and erudition.

For example, a couple of months ago I published a long column suggesting that the Kennedy Administration had been seriously considering a nuclear first strike against the USSR, with my piece relying upon eminently respectable sources from a decade or two ago, including an article in The American Prospect and supporting material from a cover-story in The Atlantic. The heated resulting discussion ran over 40,000 words, taking all sides of the question, but one commenter in particular—styling himself “academic gossip”published several comments totaling 5,000 words that extensively drew on more recently declassified documents to largely persuade me that my analysis was probably incorrect, and the alleged first-strike plans were likely based upon an honest misinterpretation of the evidence, later superseded by subsequent disclosures. To the extent that our commenting policies attract participants of such quality, the surrounding chaff of petty remarks and short insults is hardly too high a price to pay.

In order to allow such thoughtful and substantial comments to be more widely distributed, I’ve now added an “Email Comment” option to the Agree/Disagree popup window, that allows a particular comment to be emailed out just like an article itself.

 

One important aspect of our commenting technology is the ability of individual readers to place commenters on a permanent “Ignore” list, which muzzles their remarks, and allows the sort of personalized “banning” that reduces the need for any official website action along similar lines. However, this process obviously requires that commenters retain a single handle, and for the last year or two I’ve been increasingly complaining about the number of troublesome commenters who ignore this important rule, changing their identifying handle at will or whim, sometimes even pretending to be several different individuals on a single comment thread. Even leaving aside the Ignore process, forcing commenters to retain a single continuous identifier may cause them to more carefully weigh the tone and content of their words, since individuals who make ridiculous or extreme remarks on some matters may permanently damage their credibility on all others.

A reasonable objection is that established commenters might occasionally wish to raise particularly controversial points under a stronger cloak of anonymity than when using their usual name-handle, but they are always free to use “Anonymous” or “Anon” in such circumstances, though such an identification may cause their arguments to be taken less seriously. What is totally unacceptable is “drive-by” commenting, in which a commenter temporarily pretends to be a different named individual in order to raise a few points, then retreats back into the security of his usual assumed identity, thereby providing no “return address” for his critics.

I have repeatedly emphasized these simple restrictions and certainly the vast majority of our commenters have followed them, but a relatively small number of individuals have chosen to disregard these rules and the endless warnings, assuming that they could change their handles whenever they liked, and avoid any consequences for their misbehavior. As I’d previously indicated, perhaps the most appropriate punishment for such misbehaving commenters is to reveal their multiple identities to the world, consolidating all their comments upon the their most widely used or recent handle, while perhaps also sometimes indicating the previous or temporary identity they had improperly assumed.

Anyway, the day of reckoning finally arrived, and I took a little time to go through the million-plus comment archives, and merge these different commenter handles. Just as I suspected, the vast majority of our regular commenters had behaved properly and used a single handle (or Anonymous/Anon) during almost their entire history, but I did locate a significant number of violators who had egregiously used multiple handles, sometimes even a dozen or more. So if any of you happen to notice that the handle of one or more commenters in an old discussion-thread seems to have changed, that may indeed be the case. For purposes of clarification, or especially egregious violation, the modified comment handles may list an “AKA” with the old handle also displayed.

In a few cases, well-behaved commenters had changed their handles once or twice over the years, picking new ones very similar to the old, perhaps because they’d forgotten the identifying fake email they’d used, and therefore couldn’t use their old, taken names: their comment archives have now been consolidated as a convenience. Leaving aside those special cases, only one commenter in the top fifty—the notorious “Priss Factor”—was discovered to be a widespread shape-shifter, most of whose comment handles needed to be changed and consolidated, and even the top 100 included only another example or two of this sort of misbehavior.

Overall, fewer than 2% of our comments needed their handles changed to remove this sort of improper name-changing, with nearly one-third of that total due to the aforementioned “Priss Factor.” I may eventually track down and consolidate additional multi-handle commenters, but I think I’ve already found and dealt with most of the more frequent cases. I’ve also added various automatic checks, making it slightly more difficult for regular commenters to use different names.

As a future deterrent to drive-by commenting, I think I’ll add a temporary indicator for a first-time commenter, so as to warn readers he may simply be someone attempting to air his views under a fake name and perhaps a temporary IP. Also, since using a name implies a possibly unwarranted degree of authority, one-time names may eventually be transformed to “Anonymous” since the individual either declined to join our ongoing community of opinion or was even just a temporary assumed identity.

Anyway, future work along these lines is still ongoing, but I think the bulk of the processing have been made, and I’d welcome any suggestions or complaints about these changes. Please also use this opportunity to report any mistakes that you think may have been made.

 
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  1. iffen says:

    to which they are supposedly responding

    Good one, R. Unz! You do have a sense of humor.

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  2. Elsewhere says:

    Another idea along these lines is to gray out or dim the handle of a comment if that handle has not been used to make a certain minimum number of comments, maybe 10. Or all commenters who don’t comment often enough could be grayed in the same way (though I think your frequency requirement for agree/disagree—10 per month—is a bit high). One could then add the option to ignore grayed commenters.

    Sidenote: Does the ignore feature allow the text to be seen after a click? If not, I think that would be ideal, especially coupled with the idea above. If an ignored commenter is getting a lot of replies, it may be worth reading, so it would good to have the option to show it. I apologize if this is already the case, but I haven’t been able to test the ignore feature because I myself haven’t commented enough.

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    • Replies: @Ivan K.
    i Sidenote: Does the ignore feature allow the text to be seen after a click?

    Yes it does.

    The comments' section set up, in my view, is the best I've ever used.
    , @Ron Unz

    Does the ignore feature allow the text to be seen after a click? If not, I think that would be ideal, especially coupled with the idea above. If an ignored commenter is getting a lot of replies, it may be worth reading, so it would good to have the option to show it. I apologize if this is already the case, but I haven’t been able to test the ignore feature because I myself haven’t commented enough.
     
    Yes, as someone already noted, any "ignored" comments may be revealed with a click. And anyone, active commenter or not, can use the "Ignore" feature, which is accessed by a popup-button at the top of each comment-thread, and saves the settings in a permanent cookie.

    And that's a pretty good idea about indicating relatively infrequent (possibly fake) commenters by graying out or otherwise tinting their handles, which I'll explore. Another idea I had was to indicate very prolific commenters by rectangles or stars or something like that, based on the number of their recently-approved comments.
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  3. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I don’t agree with the “a Trump-friendly, highbrow online journal with a devoted following.” characterization. Trump is a relative phenomenon — he will have been even should he be the President for 8 years.

    The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection
    A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media

    They should have copy-pasted your own description, I don’t think it could be said better — although I’d substitute “contrarian” or better still “independent” for “controversial”.

    I disagree with the highbrow, too: I would not divide publications by brow height. And if I did, I’d range The Unz Review with the midbrow.

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  4. woodNfish says:

    a neoconservative-leaning group

    Translation: globalist traitors. All traitors should be executed.

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  5. Hunsdon says:

    I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful website, Mr. Unz.

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  6. Ivan K. says:
    @Elsewhere
    Another idea along these lines is to gray out or dim the handle of a comment if that handle has not been used to make a certain minimum number of comments, maybe 10. Or all commenters who don't comment often enough could be grayed in the same way (though I think your frequency requirement for agree/disagree---10 per month---is a bit high). One could then add the option to ignore grayed commenters.

    Sidenote: Does the ignore feature allow the text to be seen after a click? If not, I think that would be ideal, especially coupled with the idea above. If an ignored commenter is getting a lot of replies, it may be worth reading, so it would good to have the option to show it. I apologize if this is already the case, but I haven't been able to test the ignore feature because I myself haven't commented enough.

    i Sidenote: Does the ignore feature allow the text to be seen after a click?

    Yes it does.

    The comments’ section set up, in my view, is the best I’ve ever used.

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    I'd need another agree button for this:

    The comments’ section set up, in my view, is the best I’ve ever used.
     
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  7. Ron Unz says:
    @Elsewhere
    Another idea along these lines is to gray out or dim the handle of a comment if that handle has not been used to make a certain minimum number of comments, maybe 10. Or all commenters who don't comment often enough could be grayed in the same way (though I think your frequency requirement for agree/disagree---10 per month---is a bit high). One could then add the option to ignore grayed commenters.

    Sidenote: Does the ignore feature allow the text to be seen after a click? If not, I think that would be ideal, especially coupled with the idea above. If an ignored commenter is getting a lot of replies, it may be worth reading, so it would good to have the option to show it. I apologize if this is already the case, but I haven't been able to test the ignore feature because I myself haven't commented enough.

    Does the ignore feature allow the text to be seen after a click? If not, I think that would be ideal, especially coupled with the idea above. If an ignored commenter is getting a lot of replies, it may be worth reading, so it would good to have the option to show it. I apologize if this is already the case, but I haven’t been able to test the ignore feature because I myself haven’t commented enough.

    Yes, as someone already noted, any “ignored” comments may be revealed with a click. And anyone, active commenter or not, can use the “Ignore” feature, which is accessed by a popup-button at the top of each comment-thread, and saves the settings in a permanent cookie.

    And that’s a pretty good idea about indicating relatively infrequent (possibly fake) commenters by graying out or otherwise tinting their handles, which I’ll explore. Another idea I had was to indicate very prolific commenters by rectangles or stars or something like that, based on the number of their recently-approved comments.

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  8. Ron Unz says:

    Incidentally, just to illustrate why I needed to finally crack down on “shape-shifting” commenters, I’ve so far discovered that “Priss Factor” had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years, and I’m sure there are many, many additional ones I have yet to locate and merge.

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    Priss may have a couple of new ones going: Anonymous Smith and Authenticjazzman.
    , @vinteuil
    Eh - Priss Factor was always immediately recognizable, no matter what his latest moniker.

    Personally, I'm kind of sorry to see him gone.
    , @Anon
    "I’ve so far discovered that 'Priss Factor' had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years"

    In PF's defense, a lot of its various handles were created arbitrarily BEFORE Sailer moved to Unz.com.

    Here is an example:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/commenter/Priss+Factor/page/39/

    These are from 2010(way before Sailer moved to Unz) when, most likely(though I'm just speculating), this moronic jerk called Priss Factor was just randomly typing in letters to form handles.

    I get the impression(though I could be wrong because 'trolls' work in mysterious ways) that PF used just several major handles since Sailer moved to Unz.com
    , @Thomas O. Meehan
    Most happy to see this and many many thanks for Unz Review. You do all this behind the scenes policing? I 'd hope you have reliable staff for this. Don't burn yourself out!
    , @wrd9
    Can I infer that you're matching IP address with the various accounts? There are issues with that such as it's easy to change or mask the assigned IP address and that there might be multiple legit accounts accessing the site from one IP address.

    BTW, my preferred verb is not spew (insulting) but effervesce.
    , @anonymous
    Sometimes people select a handle as a one off joke related to the topic being discussed.

    I don't think the multi-moniker thing is necessarily anything sinister
    , @Twinkie

    I’ve so far discovered that “Priss Factor” had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years
     
    Is he one of these fellows who forgets himself and starts each day anew?

    In all seriousness, what is the point of doing all this "drive-by-commenting"? By engaging in this kind of sad internet skulduggery on a rather large scale, isn't he admitting to himself that the substance of his arguments is terrible?

    I've had some heated discussions here, but never would I ever have imagined that using another handle would somehow increase the force or effectiveness of my arguments... let alone 283 handles!
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  9. roo_ster says:

    Ron:

    Far and away the best comment system I have yet used. Took a bit to get used to it and the mobile side is somewhat harder to use than the desktop side, but hot dog, those are minor quibbles.

    And as for commenting policy, another thumb’s up. I happen to like contrarian comments, especially when they are more erudite than “You suck. Derp derp.” It takes steel to sharpen steel. Anonymity is crucial to allow more high-quality comments & commenters.

    And good luck keeping up with the multiple-handled folk.

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  10. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Ron Unz
    Incidentally, just to illustrate why I needed to finally crack down on "shape-shifting" commenters, I've so far discovered that "Priss Factor" had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years, and I'm sure there are many, many additional ones I have yet to locate and merge.

    Priss may have a couple of new ones going: Anonymous Smith and Authenticjazzman.

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  11. @Ivan K.
    i Sidenote: Does the ignore feature allow the text to be seen after a click?

    Yes it does.

    The comments' section set up, in my view, is the best I've ever used.

    I’d need another agree button for this:

    The comments’ section set up, in my view, is the best I’ve ever used.

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  12. Svigor says:

    I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful website, Mr. Unz.

    This “ANTI-SEMITE!!!” is very grateful to Ron Unz for this site. Unz is at the top of my list of Righteous Jews. And to be honest, I admired Unz long before this site was ever made, for his courageous and honest work on Ivy League nepotism, inter alia. Ron should have his dick bronzed, just for giving Steve Sailer a proper host for his blog.

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  13. Svigor says:

    So, the gimp-mask-wearing sicko who sits around refreshing Sailer’s blog all day, has this shakeup shown him to be the same guy who was around for years prior to his current identity? I’m pretty sure he’s the same creep who posted “white wymminz will bear colored chillrenz” type comments for years before he finally settled on his current handle.

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  14. “the millions of words they spew forth”

    Surely we can only spew “bile”, not mere “words”?

    I’m sure there’s something in the NYT Style Guide about it.

    (one point re mail addresses – occasionally they “die” (if you don’t access hotmail in a 6+ month period the account is binned, for example) – so you may have people replacing “fredbloggs@hotmail.com” with “fredbloggs127@gmail.com” or similar. Not really shape-shifting)

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  15. Great set of comments on that American Interest piece btw, including a tremendous broadside by Wayne Lusvardi.

    On Unz, commenters generally agree with the authors (it’s why we’re here), so one forgets how refreshing a well-argued disagreement can be.

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  16. vinteuil says:
    @Ron Unz
    Incidentally, just to illustrate why I needed to finally crack down on "shape-shifting" commenters, I've so far discovered that "Priss Factor" had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years, and I'm sure there are many, many additional ones I have yet to locate and merge.

    Eh – Priss Factor was always immediately recognizable, no matter what his latest moniker.

    Personally, I’m kind of sorry to see him gone.

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  17. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Ron Unz
    Incidentally, just to illustrate why I needed to finally crack down on "shape-shifting" commenters, I've so far discovered that "Priss Factor" had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years, and I'm sure there are many, many additional ones I have yet to locate and merge.

    “I’ve so far discovered that ‘Priss Factor’ had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years”

    In PF’s defense, a lot of its various handles were created arbitrarily BEFORE Sailer moved to Unz.com.

    Here is an example:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/commenter/Priss+Factor/page/39/

    These are from 2010(way before Sailer moved to Unz) when, most likely(though I’m just speculating), this moronic jerk called Priss Factor was just randomly typing in letters to form handles.

    I get the impression(though I could be wrong because ‘trolls’ work in mysterious ways) that PF used just several major handles since Sailer moved to Unz.com

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    In PF’s defense, a lot of its various handles were created arbitrarily BEFORE Sailer moved to Unz.com....These are from 2010(way before Sailer moved to Unz) when, most likely(though I’m just speculating), this moronic jerk called Priss Factor was just randomly typing in letters to form handles.

    I get the impression(though I could be wrong because ‘trolls’ work in mysterious ways) that PF used just several major handles since Sailer moved to Unz.com
     
    Actually, that's not correct. So far, I've now managed to locate and merge nearly 400(!!!) different handles used by "Priss Factor," of which roughly 100 were used prior to Steve Sailer's move to UNZ.com and roughly 300(!!!) came afterward.

    I'm sure there will be many, many additional handles I'll never find...
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  18. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon
    "I’ve so far discovered that 'Priss Factor' had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years"

    In PF's defense, a lot of its various handles were created arbitrarily BEFORE Sailer moved to Unz.com.

    Here is an example:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/commenter/Priss+Factor/page/39/

    These are from 2010(way before Sailer moved to Unz) when, most likely(though I'm just speculating), this moronic jerk called Priss Factor was just randomly typing in letters to form handles.

    I get the impression(though I could be wrong because 'trolls' work in mysterious ways) that PF used just several major handles since Sailer moved to Unz.com

    In PF’s defense, a lot of its various handles were created arbitrarily BEFORE Sailer moved to Unz.com….These are from 2010(way before Sailer moved to Unz) when, most likely(though I’m just speculating), this moronic jerk called Priss Factor was just randomly typing in letters to form handles.

    I get the impression(though I could be wrong because ‘trolls’ work in mysterious ways) that PF used just several major handles since Sailer moved to Unz.com

    Actually, that’s not correct. So far, I’ve now managed to locate and merge nearly 400(!!!) different handles used by “Priss Factor,” of which roughly 100 were used prior to Steve Sailer’s move to UNZ.com and roughly 300(!!!) came afterward.

    I’m sure there will be many, many additional handles I’ll never find…

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    Shiite!!

    If that's the truth, it's a good thing PF was smoked out.

    No sense letting a notorious 'troll' like that mess up a quality news site like this.
    , @Jim Christian
    Ron, can the software read browser cookies? Can it tell that a given user, me in this instance, is a regular, reading, commenting visitor? Wouldn't that capability provide a level of security? If you don't have a certain number of older, Unz-related visiting cookies under an existing, regular username, could you not refuse those the ability to post/harass/shape? That would keep visitors from using and changing various handles, would it not? Hell, I could clear the history in Chrome and drop in anytime under another name and IP Addy. I assume that's what the multi-handled are doing. IP trackers can't do everything for you in this vein.
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  19. Well said and well done, Mr. Unz, for which you have my thanks.

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  20. JackOH says:

    Ron, thanks. I expect to introduce UR to two junior faculty at the state university where I’m a close insider-observer.

    Here’s my pitch: “I’ve been looking at UR the last year. Commented a bit. Imagine what ‘free speech’ sounded like a hundred years ago, when intelligent people of both sexes and all races could speak freely about things that matter. That’s UR. The anti-Semitic and anti-Black racist comments will drive you up the wall. But, there’s strong and well-supported criticism of Black Supremacism and Zionist particularism that can’t be ignored. Plus, there’s a whole lot more. Let me know if I’m full of shit or not.”

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  21. Here’s a link to all of Priss Factor’s comments: http://www.unz.com/?s=Priss+Factor&searchsubmit=Search&title=&authors=&from_date=&to_date=&category=&topic=&publication=&ptype=all&commentsearch=include&commenter=Priss+Factor&sortby=

    Incredibly, almost all of his comments use the word “factor.” Deranged?

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  22. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Ron Unz

    In PF’s defense, a lot of its various handles were created arbitrarily BEFORE Sailer moved to Unz.com....These are from 2010(way before Sailer moved to Unz) when, most likely(though I’m just speculating), this moronic jerk called Priss Factor was just randomly typing in letters to form handles.

    I get the impression(though I could be wrong because ‘trolls’ work in mysterious ways) that PF used just several major handles since Sailer moved to Unz.com
     
    Actually, that's not correct. So far, I've now managed to locate and merge nearly 400(!!!) different handles used by "Priss Factor," of which roughly 100 were used prior to Steve Sailer's move to UNZ.com and roughly 300(!!!) came afterward.

    I'm sure there will be many, many additional handles I'll never find...

    Shiite!!

    If that’s the truth, it’s a good thing PF was smoked out.

    No sense letting a notorious ‘troll’ like that mess up a quality news site like this.

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  23. Ron Unz says:

    Shiite!!

    If that’s the truth, it’s a good thing PF was smoked out.

    No sense letting a notorious ‘troll’ like that mess up a quality news site like this.

    Thanks, “Anon”…

    I should mention that “Priss Factor” also apparently posted thousands of comments under the handle “Anon,” but since that’s perfectly acceptable, those comments have remained unchanged…

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    [Francis Fukuyama]

    Or as the late and much lamented Priss called him, Francis Fukyomama.
    Here's a grudging male tear in Priss's memory. Gone, but not forgotten.
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  24. Ron,
    Thank you for hosting such a high quality webzine. Time spent here is always time well spent. You have an eclectic offering, but the standards are consistently high. Keep up the great work.

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  25. I really appreciate this site and the work Ron has put into making the commenting process the best I’ve ever seen.

    One thing: When I hit “agree” on a post, I am immediately zoomed to the end of the comments section. I’ve learned to remember the number of the post I was agreeing with so as to get back to my place without searching.

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    Also sometimes I press the wrong button on my smartphone. Would be nice if we could undo all of these buttons (I've seen a commenter being accidentally Troll'd), and then get back the once in an hour button.

    There could also be a Thx button.

    I'm not sure the Disagree button is justified. If I have a disagreement, I should reply and tell what points I disagree with. On the other hand, the Agree button is good as I just want to state my support for the comment, as if I wrote it.
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  26. a Trump-friendly, highbrow online journal with a devoted following.

    Trump friendly seems like a good way of putting it. I don’t think highbrow is accurate, although Unz review isn’t lowbrow.

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    • Replies: @Dain
    Razib Khan is almost forbiddingly highbrow. Karlin is way up there, too. Sailer is generally middlebrow as he posts a lot of easily consumable crumbs related to day-to-day politics, but is definitely no slouch on the big questions.

    Overall I'd say UR is middlebrow, but if you're coming here exclusively to read its three bloggers, you'll certainly get a highbrow impression.
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  27. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I greatly appreciate this site, for the same reasons already noted by others. Mr. Unz has also been a responsive correspondent when I’ve written to address technical/editorial aspects of managing such a large volume of articles.

    TPTB must writhe when they see themselves exposed here on a daily basis — Unz Is Journalism. Those who rely on TV and mainstream press, sadly and maddeningly, choose to live in delusion.

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    "Unz is Journalism". How far if at all does that get Julian Assange off the hook if he gets extradited to the US and given the US Justice Treatment with Maximum Malign Imagination?
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  28. 5371 says:
    @Ron Unz

    Shiite!!

    If that’s the truth, it’s a good thing PF was smoked out.

    No sense letting a notorious ‘troll’ like that mess up a quality news site like this.
     
    Thanks, "Anon"...

    I should mention that "Priss Factor" also apparently posted thousands of comments under the handle "Anon," but since that's perfectly acceptable, those comments have remained unchanged...

    [Francis Fukuyama]

    Or as the late and much lamented Priss called him, Francis Fukyomama.
    Here’s a grudging male tear in Priss’s memory. Gone, but not forgotten.

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  29. Just so you know, Ron, name changing isn’t only about getting wicked comments through people’s defenses. In my case I also (tried) to use a couple so as to avoid building up a corpus large enough to reliably produce a style recognizable (by software) across many accounts, including possible true-name ones. I haven’t kept up that discipline like I should, but occasionally I try to change.

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    Good thinking. A bit late for me.... i have even had enough letters and op-eds in the MSM for me to be outed if anyone was interested.
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  30. @Harry Baldwin
    I really appreciate this site and the work Ron has put into making the commenting process the best I've ever seen.

    One thing: When I hit "agree" on a post, I am immediately zoomed to the end of the comments section. I've learned to remember the number of the post I was agreeing with so as to get back to my place without searching.

    Also sometimes I press the wrong button on my smartphone. Would be nice if we could undo all of these buttons (I’ve seen a commenter being accidentally Troll’d), and then get back the once in an hour button.

    There could also be a Thx button.

    I’m not sure the Disagree button is justified. If I have a disagreement, I should reply and tell what points I disagree with. On the other hand, the Agree button is good as I just want to state my support for the comment, as if I wrote it.

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    • Disagree: John Jeremiah Smith
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  31. You know you’re getting noticed when somebody zaps you with a denial-of-service attack …

    … as they did last night, when the Republican debate ended and your “Trump friendly” readers were ready to post a lot of comments in Steve Sailer’s section.

    Thank you, again, Ron Unz, for defending a dialectic space in an increasingly illogical world.

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  32. Dan Hayes says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I very much appreciate the time, energy and financial resources that Ron Unz has devoted/extended to The Unz Review.

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  33. Congratulation, Ron. Shared @:

    &

    https://www.facebook.com/PaleolibertarianAuthorILANAMercer/posts/343501755999176

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  34. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Why haven’t you added a report button?

    I can see the moderation can’t read all messages in full, but distinctly egregious ones should be made capable of being reported, maybe?

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    distinctly egregious ones should be made capable of being reported, maybe?

    Egregious to whom, and in what context? One of the best features of this site is that they don't accept the concept of egregious comments. The closest that a comment comes to being egregious here is going off topic.
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  35. iffen says:
    @Anonymous
    Why haven't you added a report button?

    I can see the moderation can't read all messages in full, but distinctly egregious ones should be made capable of being reported, maybe?

    distinctly egregious ones should be made capable of being reported, maybe?

    Egregious to whom, and in what context? One of the best features of this site is that they don’t accept the concept of egregious comments. The closest that a comment comes to being egregious here is going off topic.

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    But a Report button could help build up a corpus of data on what Ron's relatively intelligent commenters thought objectionable, and why, and it wouldn't even waste a lot of paper!

    And even if deputed to a mature student doing an honours thesis there could be interesting analysis of the different kinds of Reporters/Objectors and their standpoints with endless scope for speculation and further analysis of cultural or ethnic background...
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  36. Love your work…..in a time where Mainstream Media is CORRUPT to the core your News/Opinion Web Site is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY…..keep up the good work

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  37. @Ron Unz
    Incidentally, just to illustrate why I needed to finally crack down on "shape-shifting" commenters, I've so far discovered that "Priss Factor" had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years, and I'm sure there are many, many additional ones I have yet to locate and merge.

    Most happy to see this and many many thanks for Unz Review. You do all this behind the scenes policing? I ‘d hope you have reliable staff for this. Don’t burn yourself out!

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  38. It would be nice if the comment system had a nested menu to the side of sorts that allowed for users to thumb up or down conversations, comments, allowing them to go to posts of interest on the page. A feedback rep system would be nice too.

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    It would be nice if the comment system had a nested menu to the side of sorts that allowed for users to thumb up or down conversations, comments, allowing them to go to posts of interest on the page. A feedback rep system would be nice too.
     
    That bears repeating. Also might be worth some of Unz' valuable time to take a look at some of the PD/Freeware forum softwares like phpBB and SMF, just for ideas. Ease of following reply-chaining is one area of needed improvement, arguably.

    On-the-fly "Ignore" would be useful, versus having to zoom-scroll to the top and enter some ID you already forgot how to spell. I happily, and rather blithely, Ignore a lot of people, with no regrets to date for a single one of 'em.
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  39. @Ron Unz

    In PF’s defense, a lot of its various handles were created arbitrarily BEFORE Sailer moved to Unz.com....These are from 2010(way before Sailer moved to Unz) when, most likely(though I’m just speculating), this moronic jerk called Priss Factor was just randomly typing in letters to form handles.

    I get the impression(though I could be wrong because ‘trolls’ work in mysterious ways) that PF used just several major handles since Sailer moved to Unz.com
     
    Actually, that's not correct. So far, I've now managed to locate and merge nearly 400(!!!) different handles used by "Priss Factor," of which roughly 100 were used prior to Steve Sailer's move to UNZ.com and roughly 300(!!!) came afterward.

    I'm sure there will be many, many additional handles I'll never find...

    Ron, can the software read browser cookies? Can it tell that a given user, me in this instance, is a regular, reading, commenting visitor? Wouldn’t that capability provide a level of security? If you don’t have a certain number of older, Unz-related visiting cookies under an existing, regular username, could you not refuse those the ability to post/harass/shape? That would keep visitors from using and changing various handles, would it not? Hell, I could clear the history in Chrome and drop in anytime under another name and IP Addy. I assume that’s what the multi-handled are doing. IP trackers can’t do everything for you in this vein.

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  40. iffen says:

    Why don’t you consider a “follow” tab? Once I select follow for a particular handle, have all those comments segregate at the top of the comment section. If I have the time, I can read comments by newbies at the bottom and add any worthwhile commenters that show up to my follow list.

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    Isn't it enough to be able to use the Find on this Page function? Or sm I missing something in your suggestion?
    , @Art
    Why don’t you consider a “follow” tab? ---- May I agree.

    A "Follow" feature programed on the lines of the "Ignore" feature would be helpful. Only the "Follow" would bring up a commenters history page.

    This could save many clicks.

    p.s. The downside could be more endless personal "flame wars" that ignore the subject of the article.

    p.s. I personally like the chronological flow of the comments. The “reply” display and pointer system works well.
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  41. Ivan K. says:

    Already a simple click on the poster’s name reveals the commenter’s record.

    A site of nonconformist authors, competent readers and intelligent commenters demands something else than a myriad of features for full satisfaction as if this is the spaceship in WALL-E.

    We can *learn* to use the _present_ features … especially if you help us with tips, and an overview, a kind of a website manual.

    … There is an idea.

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  42. @anonymous
    I greatly appreciate this site, for the same reasons already noted by others. Mr. Unz has also been a responsive correspondent when I've written to address technical/editorial aspects of managing such a large volume of articles.

    TPTB must writhe when they see themselves exposed here on a daily basis -- Unz Is Journalism. Those who rely on TV and mainstream press, sadly and maddeningly, choose to live in delusion.

    “Unz is Journalism”. How far if at all does that get Julian Assange off the hook if he gets extradited to the US and given the US Justice Treatment with Maximum Malign Imagination?

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  43. @iffen
    distinctly egregious ones should be made capable of being reported, maybe?

    Egregious to whom, and in what context? One of the best features of this site is that they don't accept the concept of egregious comments. The closest that a comment comes to being egregious here is going off topic.

    But a Report button could help build up a corpus of data on what Ron’s relatively intelligent commenters thought objectionable, and why, and it wouldn’t even waste a lot of paper!

    And even if deputed to a mature student doing an honours thesis there could be interesting analysis of the different kinds of Reporters/Objectors and their standpoints with endless scope for speculation and further analysis of cultural or ethnic background…

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    But a Report button could help build up a corpus of data on what Ron’s relatively intelligent commenters thought objectionable, and why, and it wouldn’t even waste a lot of paper!
     
    What did Orwell call that? I can't remember. Anyways, it is a form of conditioning a target audience. You tell them what is doubleplus ungood, and you tell them what is doubleplus good. Eventually, you have an audience selected for the traits, attitudes and opinions that YOU find valuable. I read a few of your comments; your desire to apply your form of preferred discipline to the forum readers comes as no surprise.

    And even if deputed to a mature student doing an honours thesis there could be interesting analysis of the different kinds of Reporters/Objectors and their standpoints with endless scope for speculation and further analysis of cultural or ethnic background…
     
    This ain't Podunk Junior College, Doc. Go be properly professorial somewhere else.
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  44. Perhaps a Greatest Shits table could be produced from time to time of those commentators who are most widely “Ignored”.

    I’d be shocked if there were any surprises.

    Unz has produced something of value to a growing number of people and done it with a light, unobtrusive touch. In all things there are trade-offs but the balance, and unique features, of the comments section makes it the best I’ve seen and use.

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    You have prompted the thought (which you may possibly prefer had remained just a thought) that reading and commenting on a computer has advantages for commenting but reading on a phone or tablet makes one more tolerant of junk because of the ease and speed of scrolling.
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  45. @iffen
    Why don't you consider a "follow" tab? Once I select follow for a particular handle, have all those comments segregate at the top of the comment section. If I have the time, I can read comments by newbies at the bottom and add any worthwhile commenters that show up to my follow list.

    Isn’t it enough to be able to use the Find on this Page function? Or sm I missing something in your suggestion?

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    I am not talking about one commenter. If I have ten commenters on my follow tab then all the comments from those ten would segregate at the top of the comment section. After that section would follow those commenters not on my follow tab. It would be a convenient way to separate the chaff.
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  46. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Unz.com isn’t highbrow, especially not with the Mexican guy using the slur of gabacho in “Ask a Mexican” all the time.

    And high culture is rarely discussed here.

    I would say it is Alt-Angle than high-brow.

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    Unz.com isn’t highbrow, especially not with the Mexican guy using the slur of gabacho in “Ask a Mexican” all the time.
     
    Oh poor sensitive Anon, offended by gabacho. Let's send AskAMex to diversity sensitivity training for a month featuring lectures by Tim Wise.

    In reality, AskAMex is an Orange County hipster who uses this "racist" term ironically, and hipster ironic racism is not really racism. Everyone knows that.
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  47. mobi says:

    Is there a particular technical/security reason why pics can’t be embedded in comments? (At least, imgur-hosted pics show up fine when comments are ‘previewed’, but disappear when ‘published’.)

    The ability to embed a pic/graph etc would enhance the comments section considerably, imo.

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    (At least, imgur-hosted pics show up fine when comments are ‘previewed’, but disappear when ‘published’.)
     
    I do not have this problem normally, but editing a comment with an imgur link can cause the link to not display the picture after the edit.

    The ability to embed a pic/graph etc would enhance the comments section considerably, imo.
     
    Possibly. Though it would probably be something that should be limited like the "Agree/Disagree" boxes. There are already plenty of imageboards on the internet, and too many images degrades written discourse.

    There is the related problem of the server costs for doing so Ron would have to bear. Imgur links prevent this problem.

    While imgur links seem to appear smoothly on comments, I have noticed that more than 3 youtube windows in a post or comments tends to make the browser window slow, unstable, or fail to load. I am using a fairly fast computer, so the problem may be worse on older computers. It could be my particular set-up, but if not a limit on how many youtube links appear as embedded videos to three would solve this issue.
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  48. Lot says:

    Hi Ron, I have comment relating to the motto “Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media”

    Having read most of the authors here, it occurs to me that you have a several fanatically pro-Putin writers, whose commitment to their Russian god is as intense as the old Moscow newspapers and the CPUSA was to their Soviet gods. It spills out and informs everything else they write about every topic.

    While these views are certainly not well represented in “American Mainstream Media,” they are also not really lacking in resources to take their views to the American people. Putin controls a vast number of websites, TV networks, lobbyists, and other propagandists. On top of his paid retainers, he has some genuine admirers on the right.

    What I think is lacking in support, not just from the MSM, but generally, are voices that are for friendly, peaceful, respective, and somewhat limited relations with Russia. One that looks at Russia’s various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia and says: this is none of the business of the United States. Not, “Send the brave Ukranians money and weapons and let them in Nato!” nor “Putin’s Enemies in Ukraine are Nazis!”

    I really like Larison’s coverage of Russia. He combination of great respect for Russians, their religion, and their culture, and his equal loathing of Putin and the anti-Putin War Party in the USA, is quite unique and even more marginal in American discourse than Putinism.

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    "What I think is lacking in support, not just from the MSM, but generally, are voices that are for friendly, peaceful, respectful relations with Russia. [Voices] that look at Russia’s various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia and say: this is none of the business of the United States. Neither, “Send the brave Ukrainians money and weapons and let them in Nato!” nor “Putin’s Enemies in Ukraine are Nazis!”

    Agreed.

    Why not you?
    , @vinteuil
    btw - can't share your liking for Larison. His "American Conservative" blog is strangely dull.
    , @Dan Hayes
    Those wishing a measured, rational pro-Putin defense are referred to Prof. Steve Cohen (Emeritus, Princeton and NYU). Cohen regularly writes for The Nation magazine and is interviewed every Tuesday night on the John Bachelor radio program. Cohen believes that there was much greater rational discussion of Russia and its intentions during the Cold War than at present where the MSM is in lockstep presenting Putin as the Devil Incarnate! (I still haven't figured out The Nation connection except for the fact that Cohen's wife is its Editor and Publisher, i.e., its financial angel.)
    , @5371
    [It spills out and informs everything else they write about every topic.]

    I think what we have here is a case of you projecting the influence which your own devotion to Jews and Zionism exercises on your own writing, on your adversaries.

    [Russia’s various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia]

    That's an interesting way to describe Russia's modest attempts to resist the aggression and global tyranny of the USA. It is already by itself enough to expose the mendacity of your claim to want "friendly, peaceful, respective (sic) ... relations with Russia".
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  49. Lot says:
    @mobi
    Is there a particular technical/security reason why pics can't be embedded in comments? (At least, imgur-hosted pics show up fine when comments are 'previewed', but disappear when 'published'.)

    The ability to embed a pic/graph etc would enhance the comments section considerably, imo.

    (At least, imgur-hosted pics show up fine when comments are ‘previewed’, but disappear when ‘published’.)

    I do not have this problem normally, but editing a comment with an imgur link can cause the link to not display the picture after the edit.

    The ability to embed a pic/graph etc would enhance the comments section considerably, imo.

    Possibly. Though it would probably be something that should be limited like the “Agree/Disagree” boxes. There are already plenty of imageboards on the internet, and too many images degrades written discourse.

    There is the related problem of the server costs for doing so Ron would have to bear. Imgur links prevent this problem.

    While imgur links seem to appear smoothly on comments, I have noticed that more than 3 youtube windows in a post or comments tends to make the browser window slow, unstable, or fail to load. I am using a fairly fast computer, so the problem may be worse on older computers. It could be my particular set-up, but if not a limit on how many youtube links appear as embedded videos to three would solve this issue.

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    All good points, to which I'd only add that some comments forums degenerate to dueling animated gifs, or worse, dueling youtube links. I prefer words, most of the time.
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  50. Lot says:
    @Anon
    Unz.com isn't highbrow, especially not with the Mexican guy using the slur of gabacho in "Ask a Mexican" all the time.

    And high culture is rarely discussed here.

    I would say it is Alt-Angle than high-brow.

    Unz.com isn’t highbrow, especially not with the Mexican guy using the slur of gabacho in “Ask a Mexican” all the time.

    Oh poor sensitive Anon, offended by gabacho. Let’s send AskAMex to diversity sensitivity training for a month featuring lectures by Tim Wise.

    In reality, AskAMex is an Orange County hipster who uses this “racist” term ironically, and hipster ironic racism is not really racism. Everyone knows that.

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    I think that he writes most of those questions himself.
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  51. Dain says: • Website
    @Lord Jeff Sessions

    a Trump-friendly, highbrow online journal with a devoted following.
     
    Trump friendly seems like a good way of putting it. I don't think highbrow is accurate, although Unz review isn't lowbrow.

    Razib Khan is almost forbiddingly highbrow. Karlin is way up there, too. Sailer is generally middlebrow as he posts a lot of easily consumable crumbs related to day-to-day politics, but is definitely no slouch on the big questions.

    Overall I’d say UR is middlebrow, but if you’re coming here exclusively to read its three bloggers, you’ll certainly get a highbrow impression.

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  52. Dear Mr. Unz,

    I get the below message if I attempt to go to unz.com directly and can proceed no further. However, I am able to get here from a bookmark for my comments page.

    Your access to this site has been limited

    Your access to this service has been temporarily limited. Please try again in a few minutes. (HTTP response code 503)

    Reason: Exceeded the maximum number of requests per minute for crawlers.

    Important note for site admins: If you are the administrator of this website note that your access has been limited because you broke one of the Wordfence firewall rules. The reason you access was limited is: “Exceeded the maximum number of requests per minute for crawlers.”.

    If this is a false positive, meaning that your access to your own site has been limited incorrectly, then you will need to regain access to your site, go to the Wordfence “options” page, go to the section for Firewall Rules and disable the rule that caused you to be blocked. For example, if you were blocked because it was detected that you are a fake Google crawler, then disable the rule that blocks fake google crawlers. Or if you were blocked because you were accessing your site too quickly, then increase the number of accesses allowed per minute.

    If you’re still having trouble, then simply disable the Wordfence firewall and you will still benefit from the other security features that Wordfence provides.

    If you are a site administrator and have been accidentally locked out, please enter your email in the box below and click “Send”. If the email address you enter belongs to a known site administrator or someone set to receive Wordfence alerts, we will send you an email to help you regain access.

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  53. Ron Unz says:

    I get the below message if I attempt to go to unz.com directly and can proceed no further.

    Unfortunately, earlier this evening UNZ.com received huge rolling waves of hits, running at a thousand or so per minute, with the IPs being too many and too random for easy blocking.

    We activated various blocking programs, which may occasionally be blocking legitimate users as well—our apologies.

    With luck, we’re hoping to have the situation resolved within the next 24 hours or so, and either these false-positive blocks or website sluggishly/overload may continue until we succeed.

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  54. iffen says:
    @Wizard of Oz
    Isn't it enough to be able to use the Find on this Page function? Or sm I missing something in your suggestion?

    I am not talking about one commenter. If I have ten commenters on my follow tab then all the comments from those ten would segregate at the top of the comment section. After that section would follow those commenters not on my follow tab. It would be a convenient way to separate the chaff.

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    Indeed, thanks, though I don't look forward to falling through peopls sieves.
    , @Kyle McKenna

    If I have ten commenters on my follow tab then all the comments from those ten would segregate at the top of the comment section. After that section would follow those commenters not on my follow tab. It would be a convenient way to separate the chaff.
     
    Unless I misunderstand, it would also prevent you from following the flow of conversation, though Ron's hoverlinks might help in this regard..
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  55. iffen says:
    @Lot

    Unz.com isn’t highbrow, especially not with the Mexican guy using the slur of gabacho in “Ask a Mexican” all the time.
     
    Oh poor sensitive Anon, offended by gabacho. Let's send AskAMex to diversity sensitivity training for a month featuring lectures by Tim Wise.

    In reality, AskAMex is an Orange County hipster who uses this "racist" term ironically, and hipster ironic racism is not really racism. Everyone knows that.

    I think that he writes most of those questions himself.

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  56. @iffen
    I am not talking about one commenter. If I have ten commenters on my follow tab then all the comments from those ten would segregate at the top of the comment section. After that section would follow those commenters not on my follow tab. It would be a convenient way to separate the chaff.

    Indeed, thanks, though I don’t look forward to falling through peopls sieves.

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    If you write good comments that shouldn't be a problem. :)
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  57. @Bill Jones
    Perhaps a Greatest Shits table could be produced from time to time of those commentators who are most widely "Ignored".

    I'd be shocked if there were any surprises.


    Unz has produced something of value to a growing number of people and done it with a light, unobtrusive touch. In all things there are trade-offs but the balance, and unique features, of the comments section makes it the best I've seen and use.

    You have prompted the thought (which you may possibly prefer had remained just a thought) that reading and commenting on a computer has advantages for commenting but reading on a phone or tablet makes one more tolerant of junk because of the ease and speed of scrolling.

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    reading on a phone or tablet makes one more tolerant of junk because of the ease and speed of scrolling.
     
    Reading UR on a phone is a form of trivializing, similar to the nationwide malaise of spending happy daze texting.
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  58. iffen says:
    @Wizard of Oz
    Indeed, thanks, though I don't look forward to falling through peopls sieves.

    If you write good comments that shouldn’t be a problem. :)

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  59. @Lot

    (At least, imgur-hosted pics show up fine when comments are ‘previewed’, but disappear when ‘published’.)
     
    I do not have this problem normally, but editing a comment with an imgur link can cause the link to not display the picture after the edit.

    The ability to embed a pic/graph etc would enhance the comments section considerably, imo.
     
    Possibly. Though it would probably be something that should be limited like the "Agree/Disagree" boxes. There are already plenty of imageboards on the internet, and too many images degrades written discourse.

    There is the related problem of the server costs for doing so Ron would have to bear. Imgur links prevent this problem.

    While imgur links seem to appear smoothly on comments, I have noticed that more than 3 youtube windows in a post or comments tends to make the browser window slow, unstable, or fail to load. I am using a fairly fast computer, so the problem may be worse on older computers. It could be my particular set-up, but if not a limit on how many youtube links appear as embedded videos to three would solve this issue.

    All good points, to which I’d only add that some comments forums degenerate to dueling animated gifs, or worse, dueling youtube links. I prefer words, most of the time.

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  60. @iffen
    I am not talking about one commenter. If I have ten commenters on my follow tab then all the comments from those ten would segregate at the top of the comment section. After that section would follow those commenters not on my follow tab. It would be a convenient way to separate the chaff.

    If I have ten commenters on my follow tab then all the comments from those ten would segregate at the top of the comment section. After that section would follow those commenters not on my follow tab. It would be a convenient way to separate the chaff.

    Unless I misunderstand, it would also prevent you from following the flow of conversation, though Ron’s hoverlinks might help in this regard..

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  61. vinteuil says:
    @Lot
    Hi Ron, I have comment relating to the motto "Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media"

    Having read most of the authors here, it occurs to me that you have a several fanatically pro-Putin writers, whose commitment to their Russian god is as intense as the old Moscow newspapers and the CPUSA was to their Soviet gods. It spills out and informs everything else they write about every topic.

    While these views are certainly not well represented in "American Mainstream Media," they are also not really lacking in resources to take their views to the American people. Putin controls a vast number of websites, TV networks, lobbyists, and other propagandists. On top of his paid retainers, he has some genuine admirers on the right.

    What I think is lacking in support, not just from the MSM, but generally, are voices that are for friendly, peaceful, respective, and somewhat limited relations with Russia. One that looks at Russia's various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia and says: this is none of the business of the United States. Not, "Send the brave Ukranians money and weapons and let them in Nato!" nor "Putin's Enemies in Ukraine are Nazis!"

    I really like Larison's coverage of Russia. He combination of great respect for Russians, their religion, and their culture, and his equal loathing of Putin and the anti-Putin War Party in the USA, is quite unique and even more marginal in American discourse than Putinism.

    “What I think is lacking in support, not just from the MSM, but generally, are voices that are for friendly, peaceful, respectful relations with Russia. [Voices] that look at Russia’s various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia and say: this is none of the business of the United States. Neither, “Send the brave Ukrainians money and weapons and let them in Nato!” nor “Putin’s Enemies in Ukraine are Nazis!”

    Agreed.

    Why not you?

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  62. vinteuil says:
    @Lot
    Hi Ron, I have comment relating to the motto "Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media"

    Having read most of the authors here, it occurs to me that you have a several fanatically pro-Putin writers, whose commitment to their Russian god is as intense as the old Moscow newspapers and the CPUSA was to their Soviet gods. It spills out and informs everything else they write about every topic.

    While these views are certainly not well represented in "American Mainstream Media," they are also not really lacking in resources to take their views to the American people. Putin controls a vast number of websites, TV networks, lobbyists, and other propagandists. On top of his paid retainers, he has some genuine admirers on the right.

    What I think is lacking in support, not just from the MSM, but generally, are voices that are for friendly, peaceful, respective, and somewhat limited relations with Russia. One that looks at Russia's various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia and says: this is none of the business of the United States. Not, "Send the brave Ukranians money and weapons and let them in Nato!" nor "Putin's Enemies in Ukraine are Nazis!"

    I really like Larison's coverage of Russia. He combination of great respect for Russians, their religion, and their culture, and his equal loathing of Putin and the anti-Putin War Party in the USA, is quite unique and even more marginal in American discourse than Putinism.

    btw – can’t share your liking for Larison. His “American Conservative” blog is strangely dull.

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  63. wrd9 says:
    @Ron Unz
    Incidentally, just to illustrate why I needed to finally crack down on "shape-shifting" commenters, I've so far discovered that "Priss Factor" had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years, and I'm sure there are many, many additional ones I have yet to locate and merge.

    Can I infer that you’re matching IP address with the various accounts? There are issues with that such as it’s easy to change or mask the assigned IP address and that there might be multiple legit accounts accessing the site from one IP address.

    BTW, my preferred verb is not spew (insulting) but effervesce.

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  64. iffen says:
    @Kyle McKenna

    If I have ten commenters on my follow tab then all the comments from those ten would segregate at the top of the comment section. After that section would follow those commenters not on my follow tab. It would be a convenient way to separate the chaff.
     
    Unless I misunderstand, it would also prevent you from following the flow of conversation, though Ron's hoverlinks might help in this regard..

    The This Tread tab would take care of that problem.

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  65. Dan Hayes says:
    @Lot
    Hi Ron, I have comment relating to the motto "Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media"

    Having read most of the authors here, it occurs to me that you have a several fanatically pro-Putin writers, whose commitment to their Russian god is as intense as the old Moscow newspapers and the CPUSA was to their Soviet gods. It spills out and informs everything else they write about every topic.

    While these views are certainly not well represented in "American Mainstream Media," they are also not really lacking in resources to take their views to the American people. Putin controls a vast number of websites, TV networks, lobbyists, and other propagandists. On top of his paid retainers, he has some genuine admirers on the right.

    What I think is lacking in support, not just from the MSM, but generally, are voices that are for friendly, peaceful, respective, and somewhat limited relations with Russia. One that looks at Russia's various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia and says: this is none of the business of the United States. Not, "Send the brave Ukranians money and weapons and let them in Nato!" nor "Putin's Enemies in Ukraine are Nazis!"

    I really like Larison's coverage of Russia. He combination of great respect for Russians, their religion, and their culture, and his equal loathing of Putin and the anti-Putin War Party in the USA, is quite unique and even more marginal in American discourse than Putinism.

    Those wishing a measured, rational pro-Putin defense are referred to Prof. Steve Cohen (Emeritus, Princeton and NYU). Cohen regularly writes for The Nation magazine and is interviewed every Tuesday night on the John Bachelor radio program. Cohen believes that there was much greater rational discussion of Russia and its intentions during the Cold War than at present where the MSM is in lockstep presenting Putin as the Devil Incarnate! (I still haven’t figured out The Nation connection except for the fact that Cohen’s wife is its Editor and Publisher, i.e., its financial angel.)

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  66. I’m very grateful for the platform of authors and the commenting forum you have provided to our country (and, I suppose, the world).

    Regarding handles, I would observe that permitting their change, or the commenting under several (within reason), may be important to protect anonymity. The accumulation of information and opinion under a single handle can tend to fill out a person’s identity. I suppose the “Anonymous” option is to some extent helpful in addressing that concern.

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  67. I just want to agree that the commenting interface here is great, and the quality of the comments generally very high. And I usually bother to read beyond the headline before skipping to the comments, in contrast to the NYT, WaPo, CNN et al. Glad to see Unz recognized as a leading Deplorable!

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  68. Art says:
    @iffen
    Why don't you consider a "follow" tab? Once I select follow for a particular handle, have all those comments segregate at the top of the comment section. If I have the time, I can read comments by newbies at the bottom and add any worthwhile commenters that show up to my follow list.

    Why don’t you consider a “follow” tab? —- May I agree.

    A “Follow” feature programed on the lines of the “Ignore” feature would be helpful. Only the “Follow” would bring up a commenters history page.

    This could save many clicks.

    p.s. The downside could be more endless personal “flame wars” that ignore the subject of the article.

    p.s. I personally like the chronological flow of the comments. The “reply” display and pointer system works well.

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  69. 5371 says:
    @Lot
    Hi Ron, I have comment relating to the motto "Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media"

    Having read most of the authors here, it occurs to me that you have a several fanatically pro-Putin writers, whose commitment to their Russian god is as intense as the old Moscow newspapers and the CPUSA was to their Soviet gods. It spills out and informs everything else they write about every topic.

    While these views are certainly not well represented in "American Mainstream Media," they are also not really lacking in resources to take their views to the American people. Putin controls a vast number of websites, TV networks, lobbyists, and other propagandists. On top of his paid retainers, he has some genuine admirers on the right.

    What I think is lacking in support, not just from the MSM, but generally, are voices that are for friendly, peaceful, respective, and somewhat limited relations with Russia. One that looks at Russia's various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia and says: this is none of the business of the United States. Not, "Send the brave Ukranians money and weapons and let them in Nato!" nor "Putin's Enemies in Ukraine are Nazis!"

    I really like Larison's coverage of Russia. He combination of great respect for Russians, their religion, and their culture, and his equal loathing of Putin and the anti-Putin War Party in the USA, is quite unique and even more marginal in American discourse than Putinism.

    [It spills out and informs everything else they write about every topic.]

    I think what we have here is a case of you projecting the influence which your own devotion to Jews and Zionism exercises on your own writing, on your adversaries.

    [Russia’s various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia]

    That’s an interesting way to describe Russia’s modest attempts to resist the aggression and global tyranny of the USA. It is already by itself enough to expose the mendacity of your claim to want “friendly, peaceful, respective (sic) … relations with Russia”.

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  70. Does anyone know why occasionally you see a comment on Steve Sailer’s blog which has a gold border?

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    It can appear in any of the comment sections, it means that it is considered a comment of special merit by the moderator.

    An Unz site hat trick is a gold border by Sailer, a threat of banishment by Razib and having R. Unz come into the comment section and call you a nitwit.

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  71. iffen says:
    @Sam Lawrence
    Does anyone know why occasionally you see a comment on Steve Sailer's blog which has a gold border?

    It can appear in any of the comment sections, it means that it is considered a comment of special merit by the moderator.

    An Unz site hat trick is a gold border by Sailer, a threat of banishment by Razib and having R. Unz come into the comment section and call you a nitwit.

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    I got two of those--and quite honored I was--but I'm askeered of commenting on Razib Khan's stuff. He might bite me and I haven't gotten all my shots yet. ε=٩(●❛ö❛)۶
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  72. Whoever says:
    @iffen
    It can appear in any of the comment sections, it means that it is considered a comment of special merit by the moderator.

    An Unz site hat trick is a gold border by Sailer, a threat of banishment by Razib and having R. Unz come into the comment section and call you a nitwit.

    I got two of those–and quite honored I was–but I’m askeered of commenting on Razib Khan’s stuff. He might bite me and I haven’t gotten all my shots yet. ε=٩(●❛ö❛)۶

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    I got two of those–and quite honored I was–but I’m askeered of commenting on Razib Khan’s stuff. He might bite me and I haven’t gotten all my shots yet. ε=٩(●❛ö❛)۶
     
    You can stay awake through a Razib Khan article? You may be uber.
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  73. Svigor says:

    Free discussion’s a tall order, when you write like Khan.

    What I think is lacking in support, not just from the MSM, but generally, are voices that are for friendly, peaceful, respective, and somewhat limited relations with Russia. One that looks at Russia’s various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia and says: this is none of the business of the United States. Not, “Send the brave Ukranians money and weapons and let them in Nato!” nor “Putin’s Enemies in Ukraine are Nazis!”

    Seconded. It’s all either super-pro-Kremlin, or super-Yankee-Judean. I’d love to see a good alt-right style Russia blog.

    Cohen believes that there was much greater rational discussion of Russia and its intentions during the Cold War than at present where the MSM is in lockstep presenting Putin as the Devil Incarnate!

    This is obviously so. The Soviet Union was 1) to be feared and 2) communist, so they got a lot more love from the left. Russia, not so much.

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    Seconded. It’s all either super-pro-Kremlin, or super-Yankee-Judean. I’d love to see a good alt-right style Russia blog.
     
    Here's an idea: why don't you ex-pat Russkies get together and make you own forum on another website? That way, those of us who feel no need for 1000-word comments lecturing us on the omigod tedious history of modern Russia would be spared the constant use of the PgDn key. Please, do what the Romanians do -- keep Russia to yourselves.
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  74. @Johnny F. Ive
    It would be nice if the comment system had a nested menu to the side of sorts that allowed for users to thumb up or down conversations, comments, allowing them to go to posts of interest on the page. A feedback rep system would be nice too.

    It would be nice if the comment system had a nested menu to the side of sorts that allowed for users to thumb up or down conversations, comments, allowing them to go to posts of interest on the page. A feedback rep system would be nice too.

    That bears repeating. Also might be worth some of Unz’ valuable time to take a look at some of the PD/Freeware forum softwares like phpBB and SMF, just for ideas. Ease of following reply-chaining is one area of needed improvement, arguably.

    On-the-fly “Ignore” would be useful, versus having to zoom-scroll to the top and enter some ID you already forgot how to spell. I happily, and rather blithely, Ignore a lot of people, with no regrets to date for a single one of ‘em.

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  75. @Svigor
    Free discussion's a tall order, when you write like Khan.

    What I think is lacking in support, not just from the MSM, but generally, are voices that are for friendly, peaceful, respective, and somewhat limited relations with Russia. One that looks at Russia’s various adventures in Syria, Ukraine, and Georgia and says: this is none of the business of the United States. Not, “Send the brave Ukranians money and weapons and let them in Nato!” nor “Putin’s Enemies in Ukraine are Nazis!”
     
    Seconded. It's all either super-pro-Kremlin, or super-Yankee-Judean. I'd love to see a good alt-right style Russia blog.

    Cohen believes that there was much greater rational discussion of Russia and its intentions during the Cold War than at present where the MSM is in lockstep presenting Putin as the Devil Incarnate!
     
    This is obviously so. The Soviet Union was 1) to be feared and 2) communist, so they got a lot more love from the left. Russia, not so much.

    Seconded. It’s all either super-pro-Kremlin, or super-Yankee-Judean. I’d love to see a good alt-right style Russia blog.

    Here’s an idea: why don’t you ex-pat Russkies get together and make you own forum on another website? That way, those of us who feel no need for 1000-word comments lecturing us on the omigod tedious history of modern Russia would be spared the constant use of the PgDn key. Please, do what the Romanians do — keep Russia to yourselves.

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  76. @Whoever
    I got two of those--and quite honored I was--but I'm askeered of commenting on Razib Khan's stuff. He might bite me and I haven't gotten all my shots yet. ε=٩(●❛ö❛)۶

    I got two of those–and quite honored I was–but I’m askeered of commenting on Razib Khan’s stuff. He might bite me and I haven’t gotten all my shots yet. ε=٩(●❛ö❛)۶

    You can stay awake through a Razib Khan article? You may be uber.

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  77. @Wizard of Oz
    You have prompted the thought (which you may possibly prefer had remained just a thought) that reading and commenting on a computer has advantages for commenting but reading on a phone or tablet makes one more tolerant of junk because of the ease and speed of scrolling.

    reading on a phone or tablet makes one more tolerant of junk because of the ease and speed of scrolling.

    Reading UR on a phone is a form of trivializing, similar to the nationwide malaise of spending happy daze texting.

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    You lack imagination. The world is far more complex and various than the one you seem to conceive - perhaps for your feeling of security about its manageability?
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  78. @Wizard of Oz
    But a Report button could help build up a corpus of data on what Ron's relatively intelligent commenters thought objectionable, and why, and it wouldn't even waste a lot of paper!

    And even if deputed to a mature student doing an honours thesis there could be interesting analysis of the different kinds of Reporters/Objectors and their standpoints with endless scope for speculation and further analysis of cultural or ethnic background...

    But a Report button could help build up a corpus of data on what Ron’s relatively intelligent commenters thought objectionable, and why, and it wouldn’t even waste a lot of paper!

    What did Orwell call that? I can’t remember. Anyways, it is a form of conditioning a target audience. You tell them what is doubleplus ungood, and you tell them what is doubleplus good. Eventually, you have an audience selected for the traits, attitudes and opinions that YOU find valuable. I read a few of your comments; your desire to apply your form of preferred discipline to the forum readers comes as no surprise.

    And even if deputed to a mature student doing an honours thesis there could be interesting analysis of the different kinds of Reporters/Objectors and their standpoints with endless scope for speculation and further analysis of cultural or ethnic background…

    This ain’t Podunk Junior College, Doc. Go be properly professorial somewhere else.

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    Do you seriously think that UR is not already being studied in the Podunk school of Journalism and a PhD thesis or three already begun based on it on the Podunk Graduate School of Journalism? With luck it will kee p them busy and off the streets before it finally dawns on them that no one wants to pay them to be journalists.
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  79. @John Jeremiah Smith

    But a Report button could help build up a corpus of data on what Ron’s relatively intelligent commenters thought objectionable, and why, and it wouldn’t even waste a lot of paper!
     
    What did Orwell call that? I can't remember. Anyways, it is a form of conditioning a target audience. You tell them what is doubleplus ungood, and you tell them what is doubleplus good. Eventually, you have an audience selected for the traits, attitudes and opinions that YOU find valuable. I read a few of your comments; your desire to apply your form of preferred discipline to the forum readers comes as no surprise.

    And even if deputed to a mature student doing an honours thesis there could be interesting analysis of the different kinds of Reporters/Objectors and their standpoints with endless scope for speculation and further analysis of cultural or ethnic background…
     
    This ain't Podunk Junior College, Doc. Go be properly professorial somewhere else.

    Do you seriously think that UR is not already being studied in the Podunk school of Journalism and a PhD thesis or three already begun based on it on the Podunk Graduate School of Journalism? With luck it will kee p them busy and off the streets before it finally dawns on them that no one wants to pay them to be journalists.

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    Do you seriously think that UR is not already being studied in the Podunk school of Journalism and a PhD thesis
     
    I "seriously" doubt it.
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  80. @John Jeremiah Smith

    reading on a phone or tablet makes one more tolerant of junk because of the ease and speed of scrolling.
     
    Reading UR on a phone is a form of trivializing, similar to the nationwide malaise of spending happy daze texting.

    You lack imagination. The world is far more complex and various than the one you seem to conceive – perhaps for your feeling of security about its manageability?

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  81. @Wizard of Oz
    Do you seriously think that UR is not already being studied in the Podunk school of Journalism and a PhD thesis or three already begun based on it on the Podunk Graduate School of Journalism? With luck it will kee p them busy and off the streets before it finally dawns on them that no one wants to pay them to be journalists.

    Do you seriously think that UR is not already being studied in the Podunk school of Journalism and a PhD thesis

    I “seriously” doubt it.

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  82. You lack imagination. The world is far more complex and various than the one you seem to conceive – perhaps for your feeling of security about its manageability?

    You lack the amount of common sense I would be willing to concede to a newt.

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  83. MarkinLA says:

    thus causing us to naturally draw a huge volume of outrageous and insulting commentary by deranged or fanatic individuals who would surely be banned or blocked almost everywhere else.

    You make it sound like this is a bad thing!

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  84. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Ron Unz
    Incidentally, just to illustrate why I needed to finally crack down on "shape-shifting" commenters, I've so far discovered that "Priss Factor" had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years, and I'm sure there are many, many additional ones I have yet to locate and merge.

    Sometimes people select a handle as a one off joke related to the topic being discussed.

    I don’t think the multi-moniker thing is necessarily anything sinister

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    Yes to your first par anyway. I have used the obviously not reliably anonymous "Anonymoz" for typically jocular reasons but I see it is now not allowed to me.

    I may suggest to Ron that he provide for the Anons by eithet handle to add with minimal effort (like clicking on the spacebar and then a letter or digt) an indication of what his reason(s) for being anonymous are. Thus "T" for tenure worries. "P" for effect on particular personal relations, "S1" because I am a professional scholar in tbis area and don't want to be held to full peer review standards for what I am about to say,; "S2" (maybe with "P" as well) because I am a published scholar with the highest standards but this strictly speaking is not my field; "F" because I am confident about this but haven't time to follow up if challenged...etc

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  85. Twinkie says:
    @Ron Unz
    Incidentally, just to illustrate why I needed to finally crack down on "shape-shifting" commenters, I've so far discovered that "Priss Factor" had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years, and I'm sure there are many, many additional ones I have yet to locate and merge.

    I’ve so far discovered that “Priss Factor” had apparently employed at least 283(!!!) separate handles over the years

    Is he one of these fellows who forgets himself and starts each day anew?

    In all seriousness, what is the point of doing all this “drive-by-commenting”? By engaging in this kind of sad internet skulduggery on a rather large scale, isn’t he admitting to himself that the substance of his arguments is terrible?

    I’ve had some heated discussions here, but never would I ever have imagined that using another handle would somehow increase the force or effectiveness of my arguments… let alone 283 handles!

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  86. Actually, I kind of miss Priss Factory, too. He was a little peculiar, but his comments were very often intriguing and perceptive. But it’s true: 400+ handles is a bit absurd … and rules are rules.

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  87. Dissident says:

    Please also use this opportunity to report any mistakes that you think may have been made.

    Okay, well…

    I’m been pleased

    forcing commenters to retain a single continuous [missing word here] may cause them to more carefully weigh the tone and content of their words,

    and I took a little time to go through the million-plus comment archives, and merge this different commenter handles.

    future work along these lines is still ongoing, bulk I think the bulk of the processing have been made,

    I first noticed the above glaring grammatical errors/omissions/ typos (along with numerous superfluous commas) shortly after this announcement was posted. Now, over ten days later, I see that not a single one has been corrected. Nor, incredibly, does there appear to be so much as a single mention of said errors anywhere in the no fewer than eighty-six comments that precede this one of mine.

    In his September 22nd announcement titled, Over One Million Comments But Some Badly Behaving Commenters, Mr. Unz warned that,
    “Comments lacking proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, spacing, or capitalization may be summarily trashed.”

    In that very same announcement, I found the following errors, similar to the ones in this announcement that I pointed-out above.

    although the form of the vast majority of comments is reasonably, a certain number of commenters tend to be too lazy or ignorant to write in good English, instead producing comments that lack proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, spacing, or capitalization.

    However, I’ve recently noticed a considerable increase in the use of profanity and egregious racial/ethnic slurs, which tend to degrade the tone of the conversation, and perhaps by proximity even injuring the credibility of far more respectable comments.

    (As the sentence is written, injure would have been the correct form of the word to use.)

    One very fitting punishment for violators would simply be to have their new comment handle replaced replaced with their regular one.

    Mr. Unz, do you not see an irony here? Is it unreasonable for the readers of this site to expect that you take a few minutes to carefully proofread your announcements before posting them– especially when not only chastising others for grammatical errors, etc. but going so far as to threaten to “summarily trash” comments containing such errors?

    I have found the type of errors that I have pointed-out above to also be rife in comments posted to this site– even in some of the more intelligent and respectable ones.

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    Thanks for the proofreading, and the careless typos have been corrected.

    In my defense, the grammatical and other lapses I'm criticizing in certain commenters tend to be vastly more serious and numerous, and certainly no comment with just a few obvious typos would have been trashed.
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  88. Ron Unz says:
    @Dissident

    Please also use this opportunity to report any mistakes that you think may have been made.
     
    Okay, well...

    I’m been pleased
     

    forcing commenters to retain a single continuous [missing word here] may cause them to more carefully weigh the tone and content of their words,
     

    and I took a little time to go through the million-plus comment archives, and merge this different commenter handles.
     

    future work along these lines is still ongoing, bulk I think the bulk of the processing have been made,
     
    I first noticed the above glaring grammatical errors/omissions/ typos (along with numerous superfluous commas) shortly after this announcement was posted. Now, over ten days later, I see that not a single one has been corrected. Nor, incredibly, does there appear to be so much as a single mention of said errors anywhere in the no fewer than eighty-six comments that precede this one of mine.

    In his September 22nd announcement titled, Over One Million Comments But Some Badly Behaving Commenters, Mr. Unz warned that,
    "Comments lacking proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, spacing, or capitalization may be summarily trashed."

    In that very same announcement, I found the following errors, similar to the ones in this announcement that I pointed-out above.

    although the form of the vast majority of comments is reasonably, a certain number of commenters tend to be too lazy or ignorant to write in good English, instead producing comments that lack proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, spacing, or capitalization.
     

    However, I’ve recently noticed a considerable increase in the use of profanity and egregious racial/ethnic slurs, which tend to degrade the tone of the conversation, and perhaps by proximity even injuring the credibility of far more respectable comments.
     
    (As the sentence is written, injure would have been the correct form of the word to use.)

    One very fitting punishment for violators would simply be to have their new comment handle replaced replaced with their regular one.
     
    Mr. Unz, do you not see an irony here? Is it unreasonable for the readers of this site to expect that you take a few minutes to carefully proofread your announcements before posting them-- especially when not only chastising others for grammatical errors, etc. but going so far as to threaten to "summarily trash" comments containing such errors?

    I have found the type of errors that I have pointed-out above to also be rife in comments posted to this site-- even in some of the more intelligent and respectable ones.

    Thanks for the proofreading, and the careless typos have been corrected.

    In my defense, the grammatical and other lapses I’m criticizing in certain commenters tend to be vastly more serious and numerous, and certainly no comment with just a few obvious typos would have been trashed.

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    Mr. Unz,

    Please accept my apologies for not acknowledging this prompt and courteous reply of yours until now. I also apologize if I came across as brusque, unappreciative or less-than properly courteous and polite or simply excessively demanding.

    I certainly do appreciate the distinctions you made between the typos of yours that I had pointed-out and the type of egregious errors and lapses that you were cracking-down on.

    I want you to know that I appreciate the work you put into this site and, particularly, your commitment to allowing the expression of dissident views (both in articles as well as comments) that fall outside of the prevailing entrenched orthodoxy. (I personally have had much exasperating experience at various "respectable" sites with having comments that were perfectly topical, civil and substantive rejected for no other reason than that they ran afoul of said orthodoxy and its Approved Narrative in one or more areas. My experience thus far with posting comments here at Unz has been a most refreshing change.)
    , @Wizard of Oz
    Ron

    Please see my suggestions #90 as to how you could add information and allow for some relief of irritations and frustrations by allowing for some add-ons to Anon, Anonymous and their lowe case versions.
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  89. Dissident says:
    @Ron Unz
    Thanks for the proofreading, and the careless typos have been corrected.

    In my defense, the grammatical and other lapses I'm criticizing in certain commenters tend to be vastly more serious and numerous, and certainly no comment with just a few obvious typos would have been trashed.

    Mr. Unz,

    Please accept my apologies for not acknowledging this prompt and courteous reply of yours until now. I also apologize if I came across as brusque, unappreciative or less-than properly courteous and polite or simply excessively demanding.

    I certainly do appreciate the distinctions you made between the typos of yours that I had pointed-out and the type of egregious errors and lapses that you were cracking-down on.

    I want you to know that I appreciate the work you put into this site and, particularly, your commitment to allowing the expression of dissident views (both in articles as well as comments) that fall outside of the prevailing entrenched orthodoxy. (I personally have had much exasperating experience at various “respectable” sites with having comments that were perfectly topical, civil and substantive rejected for no other reason than that they ran afoul of said orthodoxy and its Approved Narrative in one or more areas. My experience thus far with posting comments here at Unz has been a most refreshing change.)

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  90. @the cruncher
    Just so you know, Ron, name changing isn't only about getting wicked comments through people's defenses. In my case I also (tried) to use a couple so as to avoid building up a corpus large enough to reliably produce a style recognizable (by software) across many accounts, including possible true-name ones. I haven't kept up that discipline like I should, but occasionally I try to change.

    Good thinking. A bit late for me…. i have even had enough letters and op-eds in the MSM for me to be outed if anyone was interested.

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  91. @anonymous
    Sometimes people select a handle as a one off joke related to the topic being discussed.

    I don't think the multi-moniker thing is necessarily anything sinister

    Yes to your first par anyway. I have used the obviously not reliably anonymous “Anonymoz” for typically jocular reasons but I see it is now not allowed to me.

    I may suggest to Ron that he provide for the Anons by eithet handle to add with minimal effort (like clicking on the spacebar and then a letter or digt) an indication of what his reason(s) for being anonymous are. Thus “T” for tenure worries. “P” for effect on particular personal relations, “S1″ because I am a professional scholar in tbis area and don’t want to be held to full peer review standards for what I am about to say,; “S2″ (maybe with “P” as well) because I am a published scholar with the highest standards but this strictly speaking is not my field; “F” because I am confident about this but haven’t time to follow up if challenged…etc

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  92. @Ron Unz
    Thanks for the proofreading, and the careless typos have been corrected.

    In my defense, the grammatical and other lapses I'm criticizing in certain commenters tend to be vastly more serious and numerous, and certainly no comment with just a few obvious typos would have been trashed.

    Ron

    Please see my suggestions #90 as to how you could add information and allow for some relief of irritations and frustrations by allowing for some add-ons to Anon, Anonymous and their lowe case versions.

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