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This site is named for the famous statement of US Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver from Missouri : "I`m from Missouri -- you'll have to show me." This site is dedicated to skepticism of official dogma in all subjects. Just-so stories are not accepted here. This is a site where controversial subjects such as evolution theory and the Holocaust may be freely debated.

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My biggest motivation for creating my own blogs was to avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced by other blogs and various other Internet forums. Censorship will be avoided in my blogs -- there will be no deletion of comments, no closing of comment threads, no holding up of comments for moderation, and no commenter registration hassles. Comments containing nothing but insults and/or ad hominem attacks are discouraged. My non-response to a particular comment should not be interpreted as agreement, approval, or inability to answer.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Internet Censorship Hall of Shame

Arbitrary censorship, besides being generally reprehensible, tends to undermine one of the greatest features of the Internet: a quantum leap in the dissemination and discussion of ideas. Hopefully cyberculture will change to make arbitrary Internet censorship widely frowned upon.

Here is the list of dishonorees:

(1) Panda's Thumb -- multiblogger Darwinist blog. Practices IP address banning, which can block many people who share the targeted commenter's proxy IP address. PT created the hypocritical "Bathroom Wall", a place to dump undesired comments while pretending that those comments are not being censored. Has received undeserved blogging awards: a 2005 Scientific American magazine award and a 2006 award for being a finalist in a contest for best science blog. As a blog that practices arbitrary censorship, was arguably improperly cited in a law journal paper by Jay Wexler.

(2) Pharyngula -- personal blog of Darwinist PZ Myers. Has a "killfile dungeon" which lists banned and unwelcome commenters (I am at the top of the list). A very popular blog, getting about three times as many visitors per day as Panda's Thumb and Uncommon Descent, which are popular multiblogger blogs. Pharyngula received an undeserved 2006 award as winner of a contest for the best science blog.

(3) Uncommon Descent -- multiblogger anti-Darwinist blog. Darwinists have made many complaints that this blog practices arbitrary censorship. Unlike some other blogs that practice arbitrary censorship, UD makes no bones about it. Info about comment policy is here, here, and here.

(4) Dispatches From the Culture Wars -- personal blog of Darwinist Ed Brayton (this blog's posts about Ed are listed here and here). His blog has taken numerous potshots at me after I was banned there. Ed is also a blogger on Panda's Thumb.

(5) Austringer -- personal blog of Darwinist Wesley Elsberry. When I was unable to post comments there and asked for his help, he told me to use trackbacks instead of posting comments. It did no good to tell him that my blog service does not support trackbacks. When others said that they were having trouble with trackbacks, he said, "this is so-o-o-o not my problem." Elsberry is also a blogger (and, I have been told, is actually the blog owner) at Panda's Thumb. He has arbitrarily deleted my comments on both Austringer and Panda's Thumb.

(6) Thoughts from Kansas -- personal blog of Darwinist Josh Rosenau. When I was unable to post a comment on his blog, I asked him to do me the favor of posting the comment for me. He rudely refused, saying that my problem was due to my "incompetent inability" to post comments.

(7) Scienceblogs -- the blog service for many Darwinist blogs, including Pharyngula, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, and Thoughts from Kansas. When I complained to the Scienceblogs webmaster that I couldn't post comments, he told me that the problem was that individual bloggers were blocking my comments. When I told him that I couldn't post comments on any of Scienceblogs' approximately 50 blogs and that I therefore suspected that he was deliberately blocking my comments without telling me, he flew into a rage. On the two occasions when I was unable to post comments on Scienceblogs' blogs, the problems appeared to disappear spontaneously after a few days, apparently with no help from the webmaster.

(8) Kevin Vicklund -- frequently charges on another blog that a comment on that blog was posted by me under a false name. He has also been a frequent commenter on this blog, taking advantage of my no-censorship policy while he promotes censorship on other blogs.

(9) "Rilke's Granddaughter" -- a commenter on Panda's Thumb who is guilty of the same crime as Kevin Vicklund. Posted a few comments here in the first few weeks of this blog.



Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

You failed to include your own name on this list.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that they describe you accurately. What is your complaint?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 9:39:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>> I see that they describe you accurately. What is your complaint? <<<<<

What describes me accurately? What does this have to do with Internet censorship?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

> What describes me accurately?

Killfile Junction describes you thusly:

"This fellow is probably mentally ill, but he's able to maintain a blog that is a bottomless pit of stupidity."

As we know, truth is an absolute defense against slander. He has stated the truth quite accurately.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 5:00:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Voice in the Wilderness driveled,

>>>>> Killfile Junction describes you thusly: <<<<<<

That's "killfile dungeon," you idiot.

>>>>>> As we know, truth is an absolute defense against slander. <<<<<

A personal opinion is not a statement of fact and hence is never a matter of truth or falsehood.

VIW, why don't you just get lost and stop cluttering up my blog with your stupid crap, damn you.

Friday, March 16, 2007 5:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

> Voice in the Wilderness, all you do here is take advantage of my no-censorship policy <

> VIW, future extraneous comments in this list will be deleted without trace. <

I keep kicking Larry's butt. That's why he doesn't like me.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

VIW moaned,
>>>>>> VIW, future extraneous comments in this list will be deleted without trace. <

I keep kicking Larry's butt. That's why he doesn't like me. <<<<<<

My above statement is from the comment list. I created this list because I have not found a way to automatically list the most recent comments posted anywhere on the blog. You are unable to insert your replies into automatic comment lists, so why do you think that you should be allowed to insert your replies into the comment list here? The proper place to post a reply is in the comment thread of the listed comment that you wish to respond to. I am not censoring you here. And I am not censoring you while pretending to not censor you, like the Panda's Thumb bloggers do when they dump censored comments into the "Bathroom Wall" website.

When I announced my no-censorship policy, I did not forever abdicate the right to establish some reasonable rules for this blog.

Your attempt to show that I am censoring you failed. Nice try (not!).

Sunday, March 18, 2007 6:37:00 PM  

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