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Dealing with Thanet's blog bullies

When I started blogging at Thanet Star the one thing I was absolutely determined to see was a sensible comment policy. So much so that it was the first thing I wrote.

Like all Thanet Blogs the first thing to happen was that those who want only to rubbish everything with vitriol and bile showed up. Perhaps they were thinking that here was a new playground for their special brand of trolling?

Quite soon I heard the cries of the trollishly inclined complaining about their "freedom of speech", their precious "freedom" to be as crude and unpleasant as they wished as if it was some god-given right. However I was not, am not, and will not allow this site to be home to that sort of negativity. There is no need for it. Sure, disagree with me all you want but attack the opinion not the person.

I am happy to discuss news and current events with anyone. I am happy to discuss viewpoints that differ from my own. I...

Posted by Thanet Star on Monday, 30 March 2015

The simple fact of the matter is that Thanet blogging has fostered a bully culture. The bullies rule the comments in almost all the Thanet Blogs and the result is that all other forms of comment have been driven away.

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Here we are now, arrest us

What is Thanet Star doing wrong that the police won't arrest us for blogging?

I feel like we Thanet Star writers are missing out on something here. So many bloggers and social media commenters have had police visits or legal threats and Thanet Star has had none.

I know that I am unlikely to be influenced by threats but how come the aggressive arm of politics in Thanet refuses to harass us too?

Police - 1978

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Someone does not like us?

Clearly Thanet Star has come to the attention of the less pleasant elements of the Internet.

Given the aggressive nature of some of the comments that happen around here that really is saying something.

I would like to thank DataRealm for their fantastic support throughout this whole episode. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping to get this latest cyber-attack under control.

For the time being I have deactivated the spam log which means that if the AI did not like your comment then it will have been lost. This will give the server a lot more resources to serve requests even under unreasonable (abuse level) demand. Once the idiots who are doing this have given up I will reactivate it.

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