Archives for 10.20.08

be honest in your comments

I received a comment this morning from someone calling himself Pete Simms. He has posted here before, always pretty negatively.

In a comment he made today, he made many assumptions about me, my experience in fundamentalism, my background, my motivations, etc. His comment had nothing to do with the substance of the article he was commenting on. I deleted it, but only after sending an explanatory note to the e-mail address he provided.

Immediately upon sending, I got a bounce back from yahoo:

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

petesimm101 {at} yahoo(.)com

Technical details of permanent failure: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 554 554 delivery error: dd This user doesn’t have a account (petesimm101 {at} yahoo(.)com) [0] – (state 18).

This causes me to doubt that Pete Simms is this commentators real name. The address he provided is certainly not a real address.

Please note that I will post negative or critical comments that deal with the substance of what I have said in an article. I ask for real names and real e-mail addresses for those commenting.

That means, “Pete”, that if you wish to comment here, you must be honest about your e-mail address and provide a way for me to contact you directly to verify your identity (as best as one can!) You must be dealing with the substance of what I write, however, and not simply be making personal attacks.