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September 7, 2007

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Filed under: Amanda, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics — Cidu Bill @ 12:01 am

Since this site changed formats on June 1, I’ve begun updating a minimum of five times a week instead of two or three times a month. One thing that makes this possible is the comments box, eliminating the need for me to sift through and copy all the responses.

But when people use the comment box to call other visitors idiots for not undersanding a comic, the system breaks down — because that sort of comment is not acceptable here.

I say “people,” but this has only happened once. That’s one time more than is acceptable, though. If it happens again, I have a “ban” option and I’m not afraid to use it.



  1. Why don’t you just check the box in the control panel that says you have to approve comments before they’re posted? It would be a little extra work on your part, but wouldn’t take more than 2 minutes and still a heck of a lot easier than the way you used to do it.

    And btw, how come you haven’t responded to any of my e-mails?

    Comment by RV — September 8, 2007 @ 11:14 am

  2. 1. Because I’d rather NOT have to individually approve every message; and

    2. What e-mails?

    Comment by Cidu Bill — September 8, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

  3. 1. I understand. Unfortunately, the reality of blogs is that you either screen comments or put up with the occasional dodo who can’t be civil.

    2. The e-mails where I offered you a few suggestions for displaying graphic ads, addressing the issue with the Arlo page comments not being connected directly to the comics, and showing recent comments . I’d send it again, but I suspect that somehow your filter must be blocking my e-mails or you should have gotten them. I sent them to cidumay2004 (at) Since you have my address now you can reply via e-mail if you so desire.

    Comment by RV — September 8, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

  4. I get copies of all the messages automatically e-mailed to me, so I’ll usually spot something that shouldn’t be there. The thing is, if it happens too often, then the whole process gets too time-consuming. Fortunately CIDU tends to attract the highest level of Internet users, so problems are kept to a minimum.

    When I wrote “What e-mails?” it was because your e-mails show up in my box under a different name than your posts here do. I am bad about responding to e-mails, and I spologize for that. I do read them though, and I appreciate the suggestions. If it weren’t for you, CIDU wouldn’t be in the format it is now.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — September 8, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

  5. As you get even bigger you will find that the class and average intelligence level of your readers will decline. (I could give you countless examples of this from niche rock bands to magazines, but you get the idea).

    I understand about the e-mail reply thing, but if you ever do want with those and other issues just let me know – I could probably resolve some of these issues for you remotely.

    Comment by RV — September 8, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  6. Bill — I know you can’t police every message that comes through — you do have a life — don’t you ? Still I am glad you brought it up — I didn’t know if I was overstepping when I wrote that there was no need to call people idiots — I feel vindicated.

    Comment by Nicole — September 8, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

  7. Bill, if it’s the comment I think it was, rest assured that the commenter is now offline (no computer, no video games, etc.) for 9 more days. The little sweetheart also ‘ordered’ himself $200 worth of video games (which have been returned to amazon) and on top of that antagonized my entire Livejournal friendslist.

    You’d think he’d have better things to do than actually figure out my password, wouldn’t you?

    Comment by Charlene — September 9, 2007 @ 2:38 am

  8. Charlene, unless he goes online using a woman’s first name, he’s off the hook for this one.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — September 9, 2007 @ 3:01 am

  9. He went online using my name and settings. If it isn’t this name, then at least there’s one place he didn’t bollix up.

    Comment by Charlene — September 9, 2007 @ 3:09 am

  10. Nicole,
    IMHO, It is a sad state of affairs when you would have to wonder if it you were “overstepping” by saying “that there was no need to call people idiots.”

    Comment by RV — September 9, 2007 @ 10:04 am

  11. Sorry to fill up this thread, but is there a word for that split second after hitting the “submit” button but before the comment is actually posted, where you notice an error? (e.g. “wonder if it you” above s/b “wonder if you”). (Does anybody remember “sniglets?”).

    It’s like noticing you forgot the postage just as the letter drops into the mailbox chute. (does anybody remember mailboxes?)

    Comment by RV — September 9, 2007 @ 10:11 am

  12. RV
    As a ‘member’ of the group, I don’t get to make the rules – Bill does.

    I just thought I might be over reaching –that is all.

    PS — you did notice it didn’t stop me for posting my comment ? LOL

    Comment by Nicole — September 9, 2007 @ 10:28 am

  13. RV — I do remember sniglets — and now we are dating ourselves — which is illegal in some states — sad to say I don’t have a word for what you describe — I do have a phrase though —

    “Oh s**t”

    Comment by Nicole — September 9, 2007 @ 10:31 am

  14. That same person just tried to post another insulting e-mail. Different name, same e-mail address. Yeah, that was gonna fool me.

    I guess I made the right choice naming this thread “Stupid Is As Stupid Does”

    Comment by Cidu Bill — September 9, 2007 @ 5:50 pm

  15. RV – I’d heard of the word you’re talking about and found this:

    ohnosecond. •The fraction of time it takes to realize you’ve just goofed; for example, right after you hit the send button on an e-mail and realize you forgot to include the attachment. Another great example is that moment of horror when you see the key in the ignition switch just as you’re slamming the car door shut. This term was coined by Elizabeth Crowe in her book The Electronic Traveler.

    I could have sworn that it came from one of the Washington Post’s Style Invitational contests, but it appears that I’m wrong.

    Comment by Lola — September 10, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

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