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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, May 12, 2007

Censorship, discrimination by Law Blog Metrics bloggers

The Law Blog Metrics blog is part of the Law Professor Blogs Network, which is sponsored by Thomson-West and affiliated companies. Thomson-West is a major publisher in the law field. The names of the pajama-clad bloggers of the Law Blog Metrics blog are Ian Best, Joe Hodnicki, and Ron Jones. These bloggers have done the following:
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(1) -- censored a comment I submitted about a law blog journal article that was announced on their blog. I sent a copy of the comment to the author of the article and she requested sua sponte that I post the comment on her blog. How can that request be explained if my comment was so offensive, off-topic, or whatever? I posted an expanded version of the comment on her blog. This expanded version is essentially the same as an article on this blog.

(2) -- refused to post an announcement of this blog. The Law Blog Metrics blog routinely posts announcements of new blogs that deal with law subjects. I pointed out the following: (a) this blog has close to 150 articles that are specifically about law subjects, and many of the other articles have legal implications; (b) my articles are indexed by subject in the sidebar so that articles on specific law subjects can quickly be found; (c) many of the articles are based on extensive research and have lots of references; and (d) I have an area of legal focus -- legal issues related to evolution education (though I have lots of articles on other legal subjects as well). I pointed out that my blog is well established and available for their inspection if they are so inclined. I asked that the Law Blog Metrics blog visitors be allowed to decide for themselves whether or not my blog is of interest to them instead of the bloggers making that decision for them.

I know that the Law Blog Metrics blog is active because I see new posts being added to it all the time. I received no response at all from these pajama-clad bloggers, so of course no reasons were given for the above actions. I assert that this behavior is discriminatory, unethical, malicious, anti-intellectual, unscholarly, extremely petty, uncalled-for, and unprofessional. Since my Blogger.com profile indicates that I am not a legal professional, the behavior of these pajama-clad bloggers is reflective of the legal profession's rampant snobbery and jealousy directed against laypeople.

If any blogs can be considered to be truly private or personal (and I disagree that any public blog can), the Law Blog Metrics blog is certainly not one of them. This blog and the Law Professors Blog Network are based at the University of Cincinnati, a public tax-supported university. Many of the other blogs on this network are based at public tax-supported universities.

There is absolutely no reason why these things could not happen to you, and if you don't speak up in protest, you increase the likelihood that they will happen to you! Protests may be sent to the following email addresses. If you send nothing else, you could just send a link to this article to show that you have seen it. I would appreciate it if you would demand that the Law Blog Metrics bloggers post an apology for the way I am being treated.

Enough is enough.

Pajama-clad Law Blog Metrics bloggers:

ianbest@sbcglobal.net,
joe.hodnicki@gmail.com,
JONESRE@UCMAIL.UC.EDU

Other bloggers on the Law Professor Blogs Network:

paul.caron@uc.edu,
berman.43@osu.edu,
nancy.soonpaa@ttu.edu,
faigmand@uchastings.edu,
David.Kaye@asu.edu,
Michael.Saks@asu.edu,
JSanders@central.UH.edu,
edward.cheng@brooklaw.edu,
mgiangra@depaul.edu

Other law bloggers:

dalecarp@umn.edu,
dbernste@gmu.edu,
David.Post@temple.edu,
jaffe@esjpc.com,
volokh@law.ucla.edu,
isomin@gmu.edu,
jlindgren@law.northwestern.edu,
jha5@case.edu,
choset@gmail.com,
okerr@law.gwu.edu,
paul.ohm@colorado.edu,
rbarnett@gmail.com,
korobkin@law.ucla.edu,
volokh@post.harvard.edu,
benjamin@law.duke.edu,
tzywick2@gmu.edu,
tcowen@gmu.edu,
jackbalkin@yahoo.com,
ian.ayres@yale.edu,
lee-epstein@northwestern.edu,
mgraber@law.umaryland.edu,
sgriffin@tulane.edu,
shorto@law.columbia.edu,
akoppelman@law.northwestern.edu,
marty.lederman@comcast.net,
slevinson@law.utexas.edu,
david.luban@gmail.com,
kimlane@princeton.edu,
dsolove@law.gwu.edu,
tamanahb@stjohns.edu,
mtushnet@law.harvard.edu

University of Cincinnati Law School staff:

louis.bilionis@uc.edu,
gordon.christenson@uc.edu,
Christga@email.msn.com,
joseph.tomain@uc.edu,
don.blair@uc.edu,
mike.church@uc.edu,
mark.dinkelacker@uc.edu,
Tony.Gover@UC.Edu,
james.hart@uc.edu,
Tony.Gover@UC.Edu,
john.hopkins@uc.edu,
william.kimbelton@uc.edu,
moralema@coqui.net,
charles.parsons@uc.edu,
janet.smith@uc.edu,
virginia.thomas@uc.edu,
lisa.britt@uc.edu

Electronic Frontier Foundation:

bankston@eff.org,
katina@eff.org,
ren@eff.org,
andrea@eff.org,
cindy@eff.org,
hugh@eff.org,
pde@eff.org,
gwen@eff.org,
marcia@eff.org,
rebecca@eff.org,
erik@eff.org,
julie@eff.org,
corynne@eff.org,
le@eff.org,
nicole@eff.org,
danny@eff.org,
lety@eff.org,
seth@eff.org,
jason@eff.org,
derek@eff.org,
sobel@eff.org,
ssteele@eff.org,
lee@eff.org,
fred@eff.org,
mattz@eff.org,
doctorow@craphound.com,
jstyre@eff.org

Federal government blogging managers:

sheila.campbell@gsa.gov,
beverly.godwin@gsa.gov,
Dcostell@omb.eop.gov,
gwynne.kostin@dhs.gov,
jpag@loc.gov,
kathleen.donohue@occ.treas.gov,
Knelson@omb.eop.gov,
Laurence.Brewer@nara.gov,
Rachel_Flagg@hud.gov,
webcontenttoolkit@gsa.gov,
webmanageruniversity@gsa.gov,
natalie.davidson@gsa.gov,
rand.ruggieri@mail.doc.gov

Others:

allison.hagan@thomson.com,
kathleen.odonnell@thomson.com,
marylou.warwick@thomson.com,
ts.cts.amer@thomson.com,
service@techstreet.com,
rs.info@thomson.com,
rs.sales@thomson.com,
webmaster@seedmediagroup.com,
newblogger@seedmediagroup.com,
advertising@seedmediagroup.com
foundation-press@thomson.com,
west_lawschool@thomson.com,
support@westacademic.com,
jaywex@bu.edu,
quarter@wulaw.wustl.edu
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5 Comments:

Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

> (1) -- censored a comment I submitted about a law blog journal article that was announced on their blog. <

You don't say what the comment was. The majority of what appears on this blog does not belong on serious blogs. You often resort to childish name calling, repetition of discredited or disproven arguments, and pretense that opposing arguments have not made. This sort of thing is O.K. for entertainment blogs, such as this one, but have no place in more scholarly blogs.

> (2) -- refused to post an announcement of this blog. The Law Blog Metrics blog routinely posts announcements of new blogs that deal with law subjects. <

They also did not include the baseball scores as they have no relation to the subject of your blog.

> I pointed out the following: (a) this blog has close to 150 articles that are specifically about law subjects <

Mostly rants about how you have been treated unfairly or name calling of judges.

> (c) many of the articles are based on extensive research <

"Extensive research"? You have admitted that you rarely even read the articles and cases you comment on.

> I pointed out that my blog is well established <

Longevity doesn't really count. On what other basis can you claim that it is "well established"?

> I see new posts being added to it all the time. I received no response at all from these pajama-clad bloggers <

Perhaps because they are not interested in descending to your level?

> I assert that this behavior is discriminatory <

They probably ignore other trash as well. They are not discriminating against your trash.

> anti-intellectual <

By maintaining a higher standard?

> unprofessional <

How can you call anybody else unprofessional?

> Since my Blogger.com profile indicates that I am not a legal professional <

It goes without saying that you are not a legal professional. Nobody would be confused about this issue.

> There is absolutely no reason why these things could not happen to you <

Of course there is a reason. We don't attempt to add childish ranting and bleating to a scholarly blog. If we did, we would expect the same treatment that you have received.

> Protests may be sent to the following email addresses. <

We may send them congratulations for mainting their standards.

Saturday, May 12, 2007 9:31:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

As usual, ViW takes advantage of my no-censorship policy while ridiculing my opposition to arbitrary censorship of blog comments.

>>>>>> You don't say what the comment was. <<<<<<

I did say what the comment was, jerko. Read my post again.

>>>>> We may send them congratulations for mainting (sic) their standards. <<<<<<

Please do that.

Monday, May 14, 2007 6:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Voice in the Wilderness said...

The clown uses one obvious type as an excuse to duck my questions. You aren't fooling anyone Larry. You are unable to defend your rantings.

Monday, May 14, 2007 9:46:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>> The clown uses one obvious type as an excuse to duck my questions <<<<<

One obvious type of what? Now you can't even express yourself in English.

Monday, May 14, 2007 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Bill Carter said...

You don't need to even post, VIW. Larry is proving your points for you.

Come on Larry. Grow up.

Monday, May 14, 2007 10:55:00 AM  

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