February 19, 2004

A Clever and Interesting Way of Dealing with Low-Quality Comments

A clever and interesting way of dealing with low-quality comments:

Making Light: Slushkiller: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: February 04, 2004, 01:57 PM: ET, I rarely delete when I can disemvowel instead. It means you can still puzzle out what it said if you're interested, but you don't automatically read it as you go past, which spares the other readers a dose of unpleasantness.

Posted by DeLong at February 19, 2004 10:01 AM | TrackBack


lks lk ll hve t fnd smplce ls t pst

Posted by: SW on February 19, 2004 10:08 AM


I know it's probably banal to issue yet another paean to the pattern-recognizing capabilities of those squishy blobs of neural matter we have in our heads, but I do find it awe-inspiring (or as awe-inspiring as something short of actual divine intervention could be pre-afternoon coffee break) that I can deduce

"looks like I'll have to find someplace else to post"


"lks lk ll hve t fnd smplce ls t pst"

Posted by: Bill on February 19, 2004 11:06 AM


Hmm. I thought she meant disembowel. This skatological interpretation may actually be more suitable for some posts, well maybe not in this blog.

Posted by: CSTAR on February 19, 2004 11:30 AM


Ths sms lke _ wst f tm. _ hg wst f tm.

nd hw ds n tp _ hprlnk?


Posted by: Balta on February 19, 2004 11:38 AM


So that is where the deficit is coming from - the Bush executive having to buy all those vowels must add up.

Posted by: Stirling Newberry on February 19, 2004 11:53 AM


Don't forget, Bill, that we get everything from Genesis to Maccabees without a single vowel. And only a few wars have started over differing interpretations!

[Apologies first to Jews if my fuzzy Christian memory misrecalled the last book of the Hebrew Bible, and second to anyone who found my lighthearted jab at ferocious religious wars tasteless]

Posted by: JRoth on February 19, 2004 11:54 AM


You can do it via a plug-in for Movable Type, too:


No, we don't know the person who wrote it.

Posted by: Patrick Nielsen Hayden on February 19, 2004 12:06 PM


This is somewhat OT (unless you want to measure it's content based on vowels - whatever that might mean), but I am in need of some help here.

Recently a corporation was fined 2billion dollars, by a judge, for some sort of illegal action. The question I have is, can that corpoation write the fine off as a tax deduction. And if so, would that effectively put us tax payers in the role of paying the fine.

Would appreciate any input on this.

Posted by: Bb on February 19, 2004 12:08 PM


Fines levied by US courts on US companies are not a deductible expense for US tax, although some kinds of fines (pretty rarely) levide by overseas courts might be.

Posted by: dsquared on February 19, 2004 12:44 PM


Smpl: _ hprlnk wld lk lk this!

Posted by: Azrael on February 19, 2004 01:16 PM


th dmbst ds r lvtd t wsdm by yr mthd.
Mauling comments to remove vowels as suggested is likely to make people think about them more. The greatest idiocy is transformed into a puzzle to be deciphered by clever people and remembered. The biggest commonplaces become memorable when enshrined in an acronym.
IITYWYBAD - Once you find out what it is, you won't forget it.

Hebrew without vowels is problematic, but it is less dependent than English on vowels, because in semitic languages, letters like Aleph and Ayin and Yud and VAV usually indicate the approximate vowel sound. Nonetheless, Hebrew readers are a bit like Winny the Pooh (or was it Tigger?) He could read the sign after Christopher Robin told him what it said. We can read what it says after we know what has to be there.

For a discussion of troublesome comments see:
http://www.mideastweb.org/log/archives/00000179.htm - Dealing with enlightened Racism . Sometimes the racism is not too enlightened either.

A partial solution for rich folks is to have a gizmo that requires people to give their email and get a password before they can leave a comment. The password is stored, not displayed for spammers. Once people know that their "wisdom" can be traced back to them, they are usually less forthcoming in distributing it.
The enlightened racists however, don't think they are racists and don't have any problem with giving out their email addresses unfortunately.

In this blog, you have one option that says "remember personal information" and another that says "forget personal information." As I will select neither, it is not clear what will happen to which information or when.

Keep on truckin'

Ami Isseroff

Posted by: Ami Isseroff on February 19, 2004 01:18 PM


ps! Brd's mvbl tp t m hprlnk!

Posted by: Zrl on February 19, 2004 01:18 PM


Ami, the people who want to know what the original message said will puzzle it out. Being able to do that keeps them from getting the idea that this poor brave soul was zapped for his ideas. By the time they've figured it out, they know he was zapped for being a jerk -- and the natural irritation of having to read that slowly will have heightened their appreciation of his less lovable characteristics.

I've been using this technique for some time now, and I find it works very well.

Posted by: Teresa Nielsen Hayden on February 19, 2004 06:01 PM


Apologies first to Jews if my fuzzy Christian memory misrecalled the last book of the Hebrew Bible

It's actually 2nd Chronicles, but you're forgiven.:) Maccabees is extra-canonical ("Apocrypha") for orthodox Jews, as it is for Protestants.

Posted by: Jeffrey Kramer on February 19, 2004 09:00 PM


Post a comment