My apologies to readers and commenters here at the League for the rather peculiar happenings in this thread. I have edited the content of some of the comments there in order to protect what should really be private information. I have also accepted Barrett Brown’s resignation.
A few things should be made clear. Whenever you comment at a WordPress blog (and I assume at various other sorts of blogs) a series of information is requested. You must enter, typically, an email address, your handle, and if you’d like your site’s URL. The site itself records your Whois information – essentially recording your IP address, where you’re commenting from, and so forth. This is used for tracking software such as SiteMeter (see the left sidebar) which can then gather data on where commenters or visitors are coming from and so forth. Similarly, I can ban you from commenting here by entering in your IP or other information. If you are clever, you can quite easily get around this.
My point is, the information that gets zapped to an author’s email box via WordPress when anyone comments is really not a big deal. I don’t think I’ve ever looked twice at it except for the one or two times I’ve had to ban someone. And that required simply entering the IP into the software where it would then spam the comments made from said IP address. Pretty benign stuff. Then again, I suppose when you go online and you leave comments places you leave a digital trail, digital fingerprints, and if people wanted to they could find out more about you then you might want. I would hope that people would not use their powers for evil, but sometimes they do. I consider it a breach of trust. I don’t even really understand how to use said IP information or Whois information or what have you for anything other than what I’ve already mentioned, but I’m not particularly surprised either.
In any case, I’m sorry for the ups and downs here lately and for this in particular. If you have no bloody clue what I’m talking about that’s probably all for the best. And as always, thank you for stopping by our little joint and shooting the shit.