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Comment by Paul Tourville on July 28, 2009 at 4:33am
Felch --

It seems I didn't misinterpret the character of your original remark. Thankfully, this remark is less ambiguous.

Alright... well...

What I did was pass a business card. Essentially, "if you want to get to know me and the character of comments you're likely to see from me, stop here."

To see one link and call *SPAM* is, to be kind, reactionary. Any site that would ban me in a summary fashion over one link, I'd rather not be involved with. If you represent the leadership of this community, and summary expulsion is to be my fate, then, please, just get on with it.

For you to suggest that I have not lifted a finger is flatly insulting. I have spent hundreds (possibly thousands) of hours writing the content on my blog. If you're not interested, fine. Say you're not interested... or don't say it and just ignore me. I can do very nicely without the insults.

Understand this, though: If I write something substantial, something which stands on its own contextually, I'm going to write it on my blog, because I control it. If Ning falls over, goes under, loses a storage array, changes its terms of service, whatever, I still have my content. That's important to me.

For me to then copy/paste what I write to a hundred sites is philosophically at odds with the founding intention of the HTML and the WWW, and is only, really in the interest of hard drive and storage array manufacturers. The whole point was to allow there to be a single source for a document, which could be linked to from multiple locations. This is a variation on the theme of normalization (a notion very big with database designers (I'd post a link, but don't want to further besmirch my already tarnished reputation))

Of course this is not the forum for lessons on the history of the World Wide Web or database design, and to be fair, I am probably not the one to give any but the most rudimentary of them if it was.

You also touch on the idea of "stealing traffic"... is that what A|N is about? Traffic? What difference does it make to you where my content is hosted? Isn't linking out to Dawkins' site or Bad Astronomy also "stealing traffic"? Besides, by the time someone has clicked on a link on A|N, A|N already has the hit.

So, felch... if this is the character and quality of interactions I can expect on A|N, I'm disappointed. Etiquette and protocol are great and everything (especially if you're C-3PO), but if that's all you've got going on here, you can have it.

Oh, and one more thing, felch... I'd have more time to post meaningful content here if I didn't have to defend myself against baseless accusations. I do have a life outside this site, and will be getting back to it now. I have a fake-news-and-commentary show to write, shoot and edit. Thirty-or-so more hours spent on content I'm not going to post here first. You're welcome to view it, tho.. over on YouTube. You'll have to figure out the link yourself.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on July 28, 2009 at 1:24am
What you are doing is called "link whoring" or "vanity spam". Its when people join high traffic sites, contribute zero content and just spam links to their personal pages. Essentially, you are trying to steal traffic, for free, without lifting a finger to be a valued member of the community. There are many, many sites out there where link whoring will earn you an instant and permanent ban - no discussion, no appeal. Now I hate moderation, but I think thats a pretty good rule. After all, no actual content is being deleted, just the link whored spam. If you have something of interest to say, then say it here. People appreciate intelligent contribution and will welcome you. But if you have nothing to say, and just want to drive up your own hit count, then you are vermin and you will be treated as such. There's nothing that complicated about it.
Comment by Paul Tourville on July 27, 2009 at 9:07am
As long as it's not FAITH healing, I'm all for it! ;)
Comment by Nate on July 27, 2009 at 8:48am
That's very kind of you, Paul. I'm sure that will mean a lot to Felch. Let the healing begin. Again, welcome!
Comment by Paul Tourville on July 27, 2009 at 8:44am
Nate - I didn't take that as encouragement at all. It came across as an unwarranted sarcastic jab.

If that was encouragement, then at least one of us has a lot to learn.

Nate, Felch, all... I meant no harm or exploitation in my initial post. If I misread Felch's comment, I apologize for my reply, and any injury it caused.
Comment by Paul Tourville on July 27, 2009 at 8:32am
Catana - You mentioned in one of your blog posts that you "were on a now-defunct writing site" which is exactly why I post to my own websites and link in rather that posting elsewhere. I want to control the destiny of what I write (as much as possible, while still having it on the web). If that's inexcusable here, then this is certainly not the social network for me.
Comment by Nate on July 27, 2009 at 8:16am
Taoist? Why then did you attack felch? He was trying to be encouraging, because that's what he does, who he is. He's probably hurting pretty bad right now. Welcome to A|N, Paul.
Comment by Paul Tourville on July 27, 2009 at 3:14am
Thanks, felch. Are you *actually* a douchebag, or do you just play one on A|N?

I just got here. Rather than just leaving my account barren, I thought I'd post an invite to view stuff I'd already done.

Thanks for being part of the positive, polite and welcoming face of atheism today!
Comment by Фелч Гроган on July 26, 2009 at 9:06pm
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