Non-RebloggingNonSociety

Scaaaaary 404

Scaaaaary 404

Not “Non” as in “Nony” or “Non” as in “NonSociety” but “Non” as in poof, gone, doesn’t exist anymore.

The Website Formerly Known as Reblogging NonSociety is no more. It was suspended or deleted for a violation of WordPress‘s famous Terms of Service, and let’s just say that the self-hating Julia Allison fangirl community is taking it hard.

Some vague background, because really all I know is vague background here, and for that, I am deeply thankful. Having gone about as far into fandom as one can do without getting a restraining order, I know the level of passion involved, and it’ll be no stranger to anyone who saw that rather unfortunate DeNiro movie. No, not the Fockers, the other one.

Anyway, there’s this person, Julia Allison. She’s an actual person and a decent writer, but she behaves like a fame-seeking android at all times except when she is renouncing fame and talking about settling down with her Rich Geek Boyfriend Du Jour. Let’s call it 99.842% of her life that the android is dominant, and the remaining 0.158% of the time she’s really only link-baiting Gawker.

Nick Allison, by CVXN

Nick Allison, by CVXN

Gawker. Oh yes, Gawker. This was all their doing, actually, because long ago, in a city far, far away, they plucked an obscure little blossom from her mundanity and bestowed upon her that most current of currencies: fame.

Fame Whore

July 6, 2010 Urban Word of the Day

An individual who is willing to do anything, regardless of how humiliating or demeaning, to achieve notoriety.

More often than not, this involves appearing on multiple reality television shows and/or having “private” sex videos “leaked” to the press.

Behold the reason for Julia Allison’s first major coverage in Gawker:

Julia Allison dressed as the Condom Fairy, Halloween 2006. Oh, has it really been four and a half years?

Julia Allison dressed as the Condom Fairy, Halloween 2006. Oh, has it really been four and a half years?

Actually, the condom dress was the most awesome thing she ever did. That took audacity, even for a sex columnist in a gimme paper, and before you laugh reflect on the fact that upon some very flimsy corsets great empires have been built.

Thus, from Gawker to Wired: not just to an article in Wired, but to a COVER STORY in Wired, on how to become an internet fameball (the gender-neutral, sex-trade-worker-positive replacement for “famewhore” that Gawker favours). And, really, who better to explain/personify/demonstrate it? Five years ago she was bumming around New York looking for a gig, any gig in front of a camera or behind a keyboard and within three years she’s on the cover of a Conde Nast glossy, albeit the geekiest one. She even got some venture capital for her website/lifecast/whoknowswhatthehellitwasreally, NonSociety.

One does not rise so far, so fast, without attracting several things:

  1. attention (see all of the above for details)
  2. fans
  3. haters
  4. that very complicated, metamorphic and unstable substratum of people who hate themselves for loving you and express this by dogging you, as publicly and as frequently as they can.
Haters Gonna Hate!

Haters Gonna Hate! Hatters Gonna Hat!

It is of these last that Reblogging NonSociety was formed, back in the early days of the interwebs, say, January of 2009 on Tumblr and, after a short, sharp shock in the form of the blog being taken down by Tumblr, on Blogger. After awhile, they decided to move to the (obviously superior) WordPress platform.

So what happened today really shouldn’t come as any surprise.

Reblogging Nonsociety in brief, from, yes, Gawker:

… a website that responds, in exhausting detail, to every single internet movement of our greatest living fameball. NonSociety is Allison’s pastiche-as-business-model lifestyle site, composed mainly of cobbled-together Tweets and corporate-sponsored brand posts. Nothing about NonSociety or Allison’s public persona are terribly noteworthy on a minute-by-minute basis — they’re only worth a post every coupla weeks (like we do it! sigh). And yet this Reblogging blog just keeps posting away with alarming frequency. They manage to find at least one snidely analytical or throwaway thing to say about her every day, seemingly in possession of a never-ending supply of jabs about her looks or talent (lack thereof, etc.) or whatever else annoys people about Allison.

On Tuesday alone, Reblogging NonSociety ran six posts about Ms. Allison, repeatedly calling her a ‘donkey’, running a little ‘photo essay’ called “Donkey In Heat”, and reposting some Vimeo videos. One post’s title read “Proof that Julia Allison Is Not Hot.” They do at least seem aware of how very weird it is that they exist at all. Though we shouldn’t let small moments of self-reflection dilute the fact that, most of the time, these people are somewhat horrible — with comments that are even worse.

Reblogging Nonsociety has been taken down by WordPress.com for violations of the Terms of Service. Here’s the email the admins got when they clicked through the “You’d better contact us, if you want to see your baby again” link on the dashboard of the blog:

Hi,
Thanks for getting in touch.

WordPress.com greatly respects the rights of individuals to free speech, but sites that are created specifically for the purpose of publicly attacking others are not a good fit for our service. This falls under the “personal attack” category here:

http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

Moving forward:

* Posting on this WordPress.com site will remain suspended.
* You have access to export your content, under Tools > Export in your dashboard.
* There are a number of other WordPress hosts. You can find a recommended list at http://get.wp.com/hosting/ , though keep in mind that many have similar rules against hateful sites.

Of course, what they then did was try to outsmart WP.com and start a new blog, which was in turn suspended. Classic behaviour, but if you want to fly under the radar you’ve got to avoid certain keywords or make that puppy private. Private blogs rarely get interfered with, because they are rarely reported by the public for violations or pounced on by lawyers, the public and IN PARTICULAR lawyers being quite specifically excluded, at least if the admins are smart they are. Which they might be (the admins. I refer to the admins, you understand, my opinions about lawyers being already well-known) but not enough not to use keywords right in the title of the new blog, right?

http://rebloggingjulia.wordpress.com

Duh.

That one lasted 15 minutes or so. Yeah, maybe someone should step back and think things over before taking another action. Now all those poor Julia Roberts fans can’t use that URL ever ever EVER and is that fair? I ask you.

So, anyway, there I am on Twitter, minding my own business or not as per usual, and suddenly someone from WP.com pings me and asks me my opinion, which I gave on Twitter and not in the comments on that blog because the comments section is one of those Must Register, Why Would I Bother, Get Gravatar or Open ID Like a Normal Person.

So it begins:

@wysiwygjt JenniferT @raincoaster thoughts?“I might not like everything you say, but I’ll fight to the death for a Cat Lady’s right... shar.es/XO6q4

@wysiwygjt JenniferT @raincoaster thoughts?“I might not like everything you say, but I’ll fight to the death for a Cat Lady’s right... shar.es/XO6q4

Wysiwygjt @raincoaster Google Cache of Reblogging NonSociety http://t.co/8buQxiA

Wysiwygjt @raincoaster Google Cache of Reblogging NonSociety http://t.co/8buQxiA

wysiwygjt @raincoaster can i quote you?

wysiwygjt @raincoaster can i quote you?

raincoaster @wysiwygjt Oh, RBNS was a single-minded site about hating on one person. One really appalling person, but one person. It violates ToS.

raincoaster @wysiwygjt Oh, RBNS was a single-minded site about hating on one person. One really appalling person, but one person. It violates ToS.

raincoaster @wysiwygjt Those people ALL needed an enema. All they need to do is get an export file and stick it at Blogger or something. No loss.

raincoaster @wysiwygjt Those people ALL needed an enema. All they need to do is get an export file and stick it at Blogger or something. No loss.

raincoaster @wysiwygjt I'm 100% down with their right to say things, anything. But they can't say that at WP.com; it's right in the ToS they agreed to

raincoaster @wysiwygjt I'm 100% down with their right to say things, anything. But they can't say that at WP.com; it's right in the ToS they agreed to

wysiwygjt @ahoova meet @raincoaster

wysiwygjt @ahoova meet @raincoaster

raincoaster @wysiwygjt PLEASE quote me. I've commented on that site once

raincoaster @wysiwygjt PLEASE quote me. I've commented on that site once

raincoaster @wysiwygjt Thanks for the rts. How long till I have a hate site of my very own, other than @FakeRaincoaster?

raincoaster @wysiwygjt Thanks for the rts. How long till I have a hate site of my very own, other than @FakeRaincoaster?

wysiwygjt @raincoaster It'd probably be so popular it'd make it to Freshly_Pressed #irony

wysiwygjt @raincoaster It'd probably be so popular it'd make it to Freshly_Pressed #irony

raincoaster @wysiwygjt If I thought that were true, I'd mask my IP and start it myself. Some days I get the sense I've personally annoyed @photomatt

wysiwygjt @raincoaster Hm...And for that second statement, I think volunteering in the com forums guarantees it's true. ;-)

wysiwygjt @raincoaster Hm...And for that second statement, I think volunteering in the com forums guarantees it's true. ;-)

raincoaster @wysiwygjt Thought so.

raincoaster @wysiwygjt Thought so.

Enter the aggressively duckfaced, itchy delete-fingered, now-protected (or so she thinks; sometime between 5am and 6:45 my time) MsFitsChicago, whoever she is. She deleted almost all of what she said to me; in related news, when Tweetshots can’t help, isn’t Tweetdeck a marvelous thing? I love social media.

@raincoaster it’s a satire of a public person, and @juliaallison not only participates in chats there, she feeds mods info #freerbns

@msfitschicago I've read it: it's not satirical. It's "Let's go so far up fandom's ass that we can see out our own mouths"

@msfitschicago I've read it: it's not satirical. It's "Let's go so far up fandom's ass that we can see out our own mouths"

raincoaster @msfitschicago If Julia Allison wrote to WP.com and said she was fine with it, they would probably restore it. If not, it's ToS violation

raincoaster @msfitschicago If Julia Allison wrote to WP.com and said she was fine with it, they would probably restore it. If not, it's ToS violation

raincoaster @msfitchicago The Chats don't take place on WP.com and thus are not relevant to the suspension

raincoaster @msfitchicago The Chats don't take place on WP.com and thus are not relevant to the suspension

raincoaster @msfitschicago It's not satirical. You sound as if I hadn't read it.

raincoaster @msfitschicago It's not satirical. You sound as if I hadn't read it.

raincoaster @msfitschicago It's not necessary to go through WP.com. The chat link works without it.

raincoaster @msfitschicago It's not necessary to go through WP.com. The chat link works without it.

@raincoaster but to get to chats, the interface is thru wp. Also, it’s okay for two yrs + in the top 100 and (cont) http://tl.gd/7v4okd

@raincoaster her past actions show she was ok with it. All of a sudden, after she starts dating jack mccain, she has a problem with it?

raincoaster @msfitschicago I don't go to twitter to read more than 140 words at a time and I don't care if you're #1: if you're breaking the ToS, bye

raincoaster @msfitschicago I don't go to twitter to read more than 140 words at a time and I don't care if you're #1: if you're breaking the ToS, bye

@msfitschicago The ONLY Way it will be restored is if @JuliaAllison herself writes to WordPress.com and asks them to restore it

@msfitschicago The ONLY Way it will be restored is if @JuliaAllison herself writes to WordPress.com and asks them to restore it

raincoaster @msfitschicago I don't have a horse in this race. I'm just telling you I know how WP.com works. This is how it works, this is how you fix it

raincoaster @msfitschicago I don't have a horse in this race. I'm just telling you I know how WP.com works. This is how it works, this is how you fix it

@msfitschicago And yes, of COURSE the woman can change her mind. She's changed it in the past. Taken stuff up, taken it down. Buried it.

@msfitschicago And yes, of COURSE the woman can change her mind. She's changed it in the past. Taken stuff up, taken it down. Buried it.

@msfitschicago If you want the site to be restored to WP.com, then @Juliaallison will have to say to them she's fine with it. In writing.

@msfitschicago If you want the site to be restored to WP.com, then @Juliaallison will have to say to them she's fine with it. In writing.

@raincoaster been in media for 15+ yrs there isn’t anything there that any other gossip site wouldn’t be allowed to write re: public figure

@msfitschicago My advice is just ask WP.com for the export file, get $10 a month hosting, and set up somewhere else. Or use Blogger/Tumblr

@msfitschicago My advice is just ask WP.com for the export file, get $10 a month hosting, and set up somewhere else. Or use Blogger/Tumblr

@raincoaster @Juliaallison fine, but why aren’t they implementing TOS system-wide? if that is their policy, apply it…to everyone

@msfitschicago WP.com has actually v few gossip sites, and in the gossip world it's VERY rare for a site to focus on 1 person. Fansites yes.

@msfitschicago WP.com has actually v few gossip sites, and in the gossip world it's VERY rare for a site to focus on 1 person. Fansites yes.

@msfitschicago I'm a professional gossip blogger and have been for years. The site was unusual. But it wasn't banned for being unusual.

@msfitschicago I'm a professional gossip blogger and have been for years. The site was unusual. But it wasn't banned for being unusual.

@msfitschicago It was banned for violations of the terms of service. So either prove you're not in violation or set up elsewhere

@msfitschicago It was banned for violations of the terms of service. So either prove you're not in violation or set up elsewhere

@msfitschicago I completely agree. ToS should apply to all. I frequently report ToS violations. Reported some yesterday in fact

@msfitschicago I completely agree. ToS should apply to all. I frequently report ToS violations. Reported some yesterday in fact

@msfitschicago Usually, the blog gets suspended. Someone probably reported you in just that way.

@msfitschicago Usually, the blog gets suspended. Someone probably reported you in just that way.

@msfitschicago Anybody can fly under the radar for awhile.

@msfitschicago Anybody can fly under the radar for awhile.

@raincoaster me, as in me personally? I have nothing to do with running the site

Followed by a couple more “Gee, I’m not invested in that site at all” tweets which were deleted almost as soon as they were posted: before Tweetdeck had a chance to grab them, actually. Or she could have Blocked me, which would have been in keeping with this kind of drama, since going to her Profile showed me the tweets but they never turned up in Tweetdeck. She blocked me either before posting them or very, very shortly after. Because what’s a flamewar without pointless collateral damage, eh?

But it doesn’t take me long to clue in. Hysterical Blocking, deleting of tweets, and then setting your Twitter stream to Private is bog standard in this kind of fangirl fracas, and as you have seen, pretty much entirely useless. It can’t even be refuted on a She Said/She Said level, as those tweets have been deleted. Good work, there! That’s 15 years of media experience for ya! I believe the term you’re looking for is “pwned“.

margiecakes @raincoaster As you are someone who is a key poster on a site that thrives on reblogs that snark, I am saddened to see you defending JA.

margiecakes @raincoaster As you are someone who is a key poster on a site that thrives on reblogs that snark, I am saddened to see you defending JA.

(almost 20 hours later I STILL don’t know what site she is talking about) Whereupon, we get a random, abortive, confused/confusing attempt at a dogcatpile:

To which I made the only logical response:

@margiecakes Where in HELL did you get the idea I'm defending Julia Allison. Actually, this has NOTHING to do with her: she's the macguffin

@margiecakes Where in HELL did you get the idea I'm defending Julia Allison. Actually, this has NOTHING to do with her: she's the macguffin

@margiecakes @msfitschicago @ahoova @wysiwygjt Jesus H. hellfire, how'd I get dragged into this fangirl catfight? Settle it in the litterbox

@margiecakes @msfitschicago @ahoova @wysiwygjt Jesus H. hellfire, how'd I get dragged into this fangirl catfight? Settle it in the litterbox

ahoova @raincoaster your just lucky i bet.

ahoova @raincoaster your just lucky i bet.

@ahoova Apparently so! I'm just trying to tell people what they need to do to fix things. Backing away slowly

@ahoova Apparently so! I'm just trying to tell people what they need to do to fix things. Backing away slowly

ahoova @raincoaster (smart man)

ahoova @raincoaster (smart man)

@ahoova No, smart woman.

@ahoova No, smart woman.

Mind you, I generally get treated better by upset people when they think I’m a man, but it had to be corrected. Also, I have no idea if ahoova is upset; she’s the author of the post that broke the news of the deletion, waaaaay up at the top of this post.

Penny drops on the deletions when I go to Tweetshot them:

@msfitschicago Why did you delete those 5 tweets? That's just silly.

@msfitschicago Why did you delete those 5 tweets? That's just silly.

And it is undeniably so, since they’re all still in Tweetdeck except for the two “Ghost Tweets”.

. @msfitschicago Bizarre. I still don't know why you deleted all those tweets but I saved them and might just post them because that's weird

. @msfitschicago Bizarre. I still don't know why you deleted all those tweets but I saved them and might just post them because that's weird

and here we are. Selah.

Posted (yes, reblogged!) here in such detail because I’ve been dying to use Tweetshots like this ever since Hez showed it to me. You remember Hez, don’t you, Julia Fans? She’s smart. Smart enough that her blog is still up, and the one where you attacked a woman with ten times the talent of any of you is… well, where IS it again?

Oh wait, the saga continues. For those who wish to follow it, GetOffMyInternets is intermittently keeping the discussion going. “Intermittently” because the traffic keeps taking the site offline; too bad they’re not hosted at WP.com, eh?

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52 thoughts on “Non-RebloggingNonSociety

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  2. None “taken.” Say hi to the gang at GOMI and by the way, try reading for comprehension next time.

    Afghani Facebook Friend says:
    January 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm
    boring and pedantic. this post just states the obvious–that WP has a right to remove the blog. doesn’t discuss if its really the morally or ethically right decision. or if it is a mistake in the bigger picture of things. nor does it take into account the crazy “lawyer email” that julia sent to JP and Jacy. the funny and insightful stuff always involves the details, which this raincoaster moron misses. yes, raincoaster, we get it… if you interpret the TOS a certain way, you *could* argue that it merited removal. everyone knew that. but thanks for wasting your time and hours analyzing that stupid point.

    Sometimes you have to be repetitive to get things through peoples’ heads. And you do have my sincerest apologies for not taking into account information that wasn’t public at the time. You think someone sent a copy of that crazy letter to me? You think I want to spend hours of my time debating whether people who enter into a contract are bound by the contract? It’s right there in one tweet:

    I’m 100% down with their right to say things, anything. But they can’t say that at WP.com; it’s right in the ToS they agreed to
    .

    This is not a nuanced statement. It’s also not a statement that needs to have its bellybutton lint examined at length. It’s pretty straightforward. They violated the contract, their rights to post here go poof. They’ve got an export file, so they can start up again, just like they did when Tumblr closed them down. Simple!

  3. It seems I must repeat myself.

    AGAIN.

    This post isn’t about Julia Allison, really. She is the MacGuffin here.

    The whole point of the MacGuffin is that it is irrelevant. In Hitchcock’s own words, the MacGuffin is:

    the device, the gimmick, if you will, or the papers the spies are after… The only thing that really matters is that in the picture the plans, documents or secrets must seem to be of vital importance to the characters. To me, the narrator, they’re of no importance whatsoever.

    It’s about the way fans behave online when they are upset. The way innocent people get dragged into things. The way drama is escalated by the people it’s then hushed up by, and why. And also about how well that works.

    Also, I wanted to run Tweetshots through its paces. It limps.

  4. Hi there raincoaster,

    “So, anyway, there I am on Twitter, minding my own business or not as per usual, and suddenly someone from WP.com pings me and asks me my opinion, which I gave on Twitter and not in the comments on that blog because the comments section is one of those Must Register, Why Would I Bother, Get Gravatar or Open ID Like a Normal Person.”

    Actually, you can log in to my blog with any of the following:
    Facebook, Google, Twitter, FriendFeed, Yahoo, Blogger, JS-Kit, Haloscan and (ready for it?) Open ID. All you had to do is click the Login button. You don’t have to register, bother with anything new. My blog is Gravatar enabled. And offers Open ID.

    “Like a normal person.”

    [IP 75.85.1.59, the same as the “other” commenters, Deceptacon and srslyurdense]
    Just wanted to let you know.

  5. Comment options:
    My Facebook Profile
    My Google Profile
    My Twitter Account
    My FriendFeed Account
    My Yahoo! Account
    My Blogger Account
    My JS-Kit Account
    My Haloscan Account
    My OpenID

    You’re right, I missed OpenID. Actually, I hate OpenID, but I’m certainly not going to use any of the others.

  6. I’m surprised you aren’t familiar with Echo commenting. As one who offers social media services, you should probably check them out as they have next generation capabilities that are being implemented by some pretty significant online publications. Little rags like Slate, Newsweek, Forbes, and Time.

    Normal is average and average is nothing I want to be.

    Best,
    AJ

    [IP 75.85.1.59, the same as the “other” commenters, Deceptacon and srslyurdense]

  7. I’ve literally never seen it before. The flavour of the day around most of the sites I see is Disqus, but I find any pop-up login kind of comment system just somehow a disincentive. I’m old. I like Name Email URL. It just never fails.

  8. That was the way I chose to embed it on my blog, however they offer in page formatting and other styles as well, and I like that I can customize it and choose what I prefer. Disqus actually doesn’t allow users to keep their comments if they decide to leave as they all live on Disqus. You ditch them, you lose your comments. The flavor of the day isn’t always the best. It’s my job to know these things. :)

    [IP 75.85.1.59, the same as the “other” commenters, Deceptacon and srslyurdense]

  9. Actually, what bugs me the most about all of these “Use Your Social Media Profile” comment systems is that they screen out, by default, sophisticated use of multiple identities. I believe that being able to comment anonymously or pseudonymously, particularly on hot-button issues, is an important thing, something to be protected. A sophisticated approach to identity is a fundamental part of cultural literacy today, and it shouldn’t require the setting up of entire fake identities with Friends lists and so on. I mean, we’re just trying to be judged by our thoughts rather than our baggage; we’re not trying to impersonate the Governor of Virginia or something.

  10. Most clients, rightfully, expect more advanced options than “name, email, url” for a plethora of reasons. They also expect that their digital professional makes it their business to know about all options, whether it’s what they would use personally or not.

    You can though, FYI, simply type a name, email, and URL and comment on my site as well. In fact, you can just type ANY name and just leave a comment and it will post. You just honestly didn’t try to. Which is why I found it a bit off putting that you then insulted my commenting system and said I should blah blah blah like “a normal person”. Had you even attempted to log in would you not have then been able to comment… like a normal person? That was insulting. For no reason.

    Further, “normal people” aren’t trying to have numerous identities online. For those who do, I offer almost every possible option.

    [addendum by raincoaster: ironic, in light of the fact that this comes from IP 75.85.1.59, the same as the “other” commenters, Deceptacon and srslyurdense

  11. I think she’s getting all worked up and overpersonal about nothing, which is something there’s a lot of going around lately: have you noticed?

    As for me, I like people who use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  12. It’s not the commenting system that upset me, “my dear” (patronizing). It’s you saying that the reason you wouldn’t comment on my site was because you have to register and didn’t want to etc and that I should etc etc “like a normal person.” Not only is that rude, when you do not have reason to be rude towards me, but it’s foolish considering I offer almost every available option. Including [anyname] commentcomment post. So you insulted a stranger for no reason and made a mistake as well. I am touchy because of that, “my dear”, not your lack of knowledge in regard to available commenting options.

    [IP 75.85.1.59, the same as the “other” commenters, Deceptacon and srslyurdense]

  13. I really do think it’s time you got over a passing remark from a perfect stranger almost a full day ago.

    If you want to facilitate [anyname] comments, why don’t you make them visible? As anyone can see from the list on your site, that option is not offered when one attempts to comment.

  14. You literally just type your name where it says NAME and type your comment and click post. I’m not sure what would make it easier or more visible for you.

    I saw the comment you made in your post tonight so I’m addressing it tonight.

    This thread, post, and exchange is ridiculous. Your post showed up on my dashboard, I came and read it and saw you were mistaken re: my comments and rude in the way you expressed it. I am not the one who initiated this tone. I just came to correct your incorrect information.

    Have a nice one.

    [IP 75.85.1.59, the same as the “other” commenters, Deceptacon and srslyurdense]

  15. STILL? Are we still talking about this?

    When someone clicks to make a comment on your site, the options they’re given to log in are:

    My Facebook Profile
    My Google Profile
    My Twitter Account
    My FriendFeed Account
    My Yahoo! Account
    My Blogger Account
    My JS-Kit Account
    My Haloscan Account
    My OpenID

    Just like you said and I copy/posted right above. If you have other options, and you want the people who’d use those options to comment, you need to tell them, or to un-invisiblize it. I would have left a comment on your blog if that option had been offered to me at the time. That it technically exists doesn’t matter, if it’s not something a new visitor to your site can find easily.

  16. Are YOU still really not capable of simply clicking your mouse in the box that says name and typing your name? That option isn’t in the drop down because it’s right there ON THE PAGE, ON THE BOX YOU TYPE IT IN.

    You are are in the social media world as a professional and you can’t figure out how to leave comments on my page when no one has EVER had an issue and Echo is installed on not only all my websites, but my clients blogs and the sites listed in my above comments. Literally not one complaint or help request. Yet YOU can’t figure out to simply type your name where it says to and post.

    You were rude and you were wrong and I’m not sure what you’re trying to prove with your replies. That you weren’t rude? Or that you weren’t wrong? You were wrong: registration is not required and I do in fact offer Open ID. That is you being wrong and revealing that you did not even actually attempt to use my commenting. More importantly, you were rude certainly rude.

    You really have no place stating what a normal person should do.

    Done here.

    [IP 75.85.1.59, the same as the “other” commenters, Deceptacon and srslyurdense]

  17. “Done here.” Famous non-last words.

    Well, now you HAVE received a complaint. There’s really no reason to take it so personally; it’s literally just a commenting system.

    It’s. Just. A. Commenting. System.

    Unless you developed this particular system, I can’t see why you’re so invested in this whole discussion. Why not write me off and just get on with your life?

    If you did develop this commenting system, what you have here is feedback. Use it.

    In no case is all this ridiculous drama justified by a passing and obviously hyperbolic remark about my comment preferences.

    After spending four and a half hours driving up the comments on this post (are we at 24 now?) in a pointless hissy fit about how superior your comment system is, do you really think you’ve got a proper perspective on “normal?”

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  19. “Oh wait, the saga continues. For those who wish to follow it, GetOffMyInternets is intermittently keeping the discussion going. “Intermittently” because the traffic keeps taking the site offline; too bad they’re not hosted at WP.com, eh?”

    Until Wednesday evening we WERE hosted at WordPress.com. I parked all the content at godaddy for 12 hours while I setup another host that could handle the traffic, which was accomplished in about 4 hours over Thursday.

    You’re an irrelevant blowhard.

  20. Oh, and partypants, believe me, WP.com can handle traffic. They host all the blogs at CNN and the Icanhascheezburger network, all of which get millions of hits per day.

    The reason you were down was, you moved to a server that, unlike WordPress.com, could NOT handle the traffic. If you’d asked me in advance, I’d have told you.

    Also, because DNS changes can take up to 72 hours to propagate across the internet, moving at a time of high traffic is a very, very poor decision.

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  22. Sadly I will never get back the wasted time I spent reading your mutual recrimination tale. Sadly your baiting worked perfectly on poor Ms. Joy.

    “I think she’s getting all worked up and overpersonal about nothing, which is something there’s a lot of going around lately: have you noticed?” -Raincoaster

    Raincoaster, you are like that all the time. Spitting the *ahem* love.

  23. “Baiting?” Why would I bait someone just because I didn’t like her comment system? I linked to her blog because she had the best information, that’s all. I bitched about her comment system because I don’t like it. Of all the groups in the world, you’d think the RBNSers would be flagrantly in favour of someone’s right to bitch about something on her own site.

    Apparently this is one of those dishing out vs taking it things.

  24. @FakeRaincoaster is like the opposite of you all nice and cozy and full of kind thoughtful advice for other people? Where can I meet her/him/it?

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  27. The drama is unbeleievable. WordPress.com has the right to have their own ToS and to enforce it. The rebloggers who got the boot got it because they violated the ToS. Clearly the unaimaginative reblogging Julia duplicate contant creators and their comments are ridiculously adoloescent. The one who resorted to name calling above is pathetic. She had no case to make so she reverted to sandbox behavior by namecalling. Choosing to hire a web host to host a wordpress.org install to create a psuedo blog full of duplicate content snitched from Julia is too stupid for words. If you can’t create original content then you are not a blogger — you are a blog fraud.

  28. Thanks for the advice, but I’m quite aware of all of those things, and I’m capable of setting things up. :D I actually zomg do it at my omgz job (I know, you’d never believe it considering how smoothly my move went.) GOMI is just my personal blog, so I figure I can move it when I want, because it’s not like it’s some news source people depend on. It was a spur of the moment “guess I better be safe than sorry” move, and I wasn’t expecting so much traffic. Again, it has now been moved to a proper server that can handle the load.

    For the record I agree that if you violate the tos you don’t get to complain when your content is removed. Which is why I made a quick decision to not risk it, and move my site off WP – a great blogging platform with great features that I have nothing bad to say about.

    For the record I have not been associated with RBNS for almost a year, and I am not the one writing about her, so I really don’t care what you say about all that. I just wanted to address the little “lol she can’t set up her serv0rz lol fail” remark. I gave a user a space to keep writing about her, and that’s where my involvement and give a shit ends.

    Love, The Blog Fraud

  29. PP, totally fair, and thanks for clarifying.

    But you weren’t expecting that much traffic? When drama like this goes down, well, a sinking blog lifts ALL ships. Even the Gawker #JuliaAllison tag has had massive hits since last week. I completely understand your not wanting to take the chance on getting ToS’d, but that kind of traffic spike is predictable.

    As several people have pointed out, I like watching drama. I just wish more of the comments were at least either fact-based like yours or entertainingly bitchy.

  30. You’re a tool. You really are. You made rude comments about two different bloggers, neither instigated. Anything that they come in here to say once you’ve done that is fair game. Gross. If you want people to be humane to you, let alone kind, try considering for 3 seconds that maybe the way you wrote this post is what pissed off people. People you did not know. Looks to me like you can dish it out but you can’t take it. Being nice or at least fair to people gets you the same. Try it. It works.

  31. “Tool”.

    This is your best? This is your BEST, RBNSer? You get really, really angry and you want to lay down some stripes on somebody and the best you can do is a third-rate Bart Simpson impression?

    Let me insult you and the Snuggie you rode in on: you people are dull. You are stupid. You are insufferable. But most of all, you are inferior. Just go away until you find somebody intelligent to make cutting remarks on your behalf; pay her, if necessary. There are lots of unemployed, bitchy writers right now. Heck, even Julia Allison would be twenty times more amusing than you to spar with, and she’d probably even make a good, original point at least once in 47 comments.

    There, I`ve been completely fair to you.

  32. I’ve never heard of you, have no idea who you are, but I ended up on your blog through a link. You’re an arrogant, condescending, asshole who’s trying way too hard to be funny and failing miserably. Jerks like you are crawling all over the internet; every single one of you is a colossal bore.

  33. Thanks for the hit; and for bothering to read through all these comments just to tell me how boring you found it. Honey, you have no idea how boring I found it at the time.

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