Jun 28, 2009, 2:51:12 PM6/28/09
It has become obvious to me we now have a troll in our midst, known
first as Wrexsoul, then Four of Seventeen, and now Handkea fumosa.
In spite of their desire for anonymity, their posts identify them for
Posting too often
At too great a length, often histrionically and provocatively
With great consternation whenever Clojure doesn't align with their
Becoming argumentative when the facts are pointed out, or they are
Quick to make the discussion about the discussion itself, or
Degrading eventually to "is so!"/"is not!" drivel
I have moderated all of these nicks, but it is likely that this person
will just show up with another.
It is quite essential, if this group is not to degrade into
comp.lang.lisp, that people like this be completely ignored.
So, as soon as someone says:
Are you calling me a liar?
what the hell is causing this?
OMG!! Clojure is broken!!!! The sky will fall if Clojure isn't changed
to meet my needs!!!!!
or anything else inflammatory, argumentative, impatient etc, just
A great litmus test is this - does their post annoy you? Then don't
waste your time and energy with a reply. It is designed to annoy and
provoke you, so stifle it with inattention.
We have had a lot of newbie questions answered here in a great spirit
of cooperation. Most are asked in a general indicator of desire to
learn, some even with some frustration, but also usually a dose of
'this doesn't seem right, am I doing this correctly?', and the best
answers are informative, factual and supportive. Let's keep that up,
but when it becomes obvious someone isn't looking to participate in a
positive community, it is vital that we ignore them rather than argue
It is doubly important not to reply in kind, in anger etc.
On my end, I will be using moderation aggressively to shut this down.
So, if you are a new member you might find your posts get delayed, and
more than the first one. Please be patient and resist the urge to
double post, as I can only check the moderation queue a few times a
This community is great, positive, intelligent and helpful, and I'm
sure we can rise above this.