Wednesday, 30 September 2009

In answer to the trolls – and a lesson in courtesy

A troll wants to know what happened to the money donated to the Darnton v Clark court case that was left over after Helen changed the law to extricate herself from it.  To find out the answer to this burning question, (well, “burning” to the troll anyway) I didn’t spam the question every ten minutes on every active thread here at NOT PC (which is what our troll did, one of the reasons my comments here are still under moderation).  Instead I just emailed Bernard Darnton, something anyone with a computer and a connection could have done. And he replied:

“The leftovers from the DvC donations were donated to the Free Speech Coalition’s anti-EFA campaign.”

So there’s your answer. If you really wanted it, all you had to do was ask politely (remember politeness?)

And it’s a shame the Free Speech Coalition’s money’s been all used up, because it’s looking like we’re going to need to get active again against National’s EFA-Lite.


  1. Presumably this will satisfy everybody.. (although God knows why it would be important 3 years later)

  2. Satisfy the trolls? Of course it won't, because that was never the real reason for their trolling.

  3. It's notable that those supporting you on the blogs over this explosion of horsefeathers have been from the left side of the aisle.

    There are good reasons why Rand thought conservatives suck.

  4. Yes, 'curious' isn't it.

    Apropos of which, i came across this quote from Craig Biddle this morning on the failure(s) of the American Right:

    "You can’t defend the politics of self-interest (capitalism) with a philosophy of self-sacrifice (religion). It’s either/or."

  5. Biddle is exactly right. In one of her essays - I forget which one- Rand said that folk are drawn to the left because they are more intellectually rigorous than the right.

    Sadly that is truer than ever today with all this religious nonsense.

  6. Some ideas on how to handle trolls:


1. Commenters are welcome and invited.
2. All comments are moderated. Off-topic grandstanding, spam, and gibberish will be ignored. Tu quoque will be moderated.
3. Read the post before you comment. Challenge facts, but don't simply ignore them.
4. Use a name. If it's important enough to say, it's important enough to put a name to.
5. Above all: Act with honour. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.