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Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar James K says:

    While it is unfortunate, I don’t there’s an alternative to banning people occasionally. Trolls can distort the space around a blog so completely that it becomes nearly-impossible to have a sensible conversation in their presence.Report

    • Avatar Will H. says:

      I have come to the same conclusion.
      That said, I have suggested alternative disciplinary measures in the past when persons have been straight-up eighty-sixed, and it is pleasing to know that temporary measures were enacted before stepping up to a permanent ban.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      I don’t particularly mind trolls on blogs.
      It’s when they get into politics that they start becoming a problem…
      (and the ones in High Finance are already a problem, but they aren’t MY problem…)Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    I won’t miss the sock puppet, but it’s unfortunate that Scarlet couldn’t play nice.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I tend to dislike bans in general and seriously prefer the whole temporary “sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done (before being welcomed back)” thing.

    But there are people so toxic that the people you *WANT* to keep around will leave if the toxic folks stay.

    And you’re stuck between choosing this or that outcome.

    Which sucks.Report

  4. Avatar zic says:

    It’s very sad to ban someone. But the flip side is how that person’s behavior creates hostility that encourages other voices to self-ban.

    My first foray here was a huge welcome, particularly from @jaybird , and a huge UGH from someone else. I didn’t participate after a few attempts because of that ugh. I did read occasionally, but only lurked. I re-engaged when 1) that person was banned and the hostility he spread was obviously no longer here and 2) the blog actively engaged in a review of how to broaden voices and encourage more women to participate.

    Banning people is like thinning carrots. Carrot seeds are small, it’s nearly impossible to plant them spaced far-enough apart for each seed to have room to thrive and grow a nice carrot root. It’s heart-breaking to kill all those little carrots as you thin the plot and make room for the carrots left behind. But you won’t have a crop of beautiful carrots without thinning and weeding and watering and fertilizing. It’s how you tend your garden; and editing has a publication (or website) has a lot in common with gardening.Report

  5. Avatar aaron david says:

    I would say that OT does an admiral job with the banning and not banning, so thank you.Report

  6. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I am kind of odd that I always had a fondness for MA/ACIS but I suppose we always got along because of close enough politics. His or her antics against others were too far though.

    I don’t understand the reluctance to ban Scarlet Numbers considering that he or she always just existed as a kind of chaos agent and their trollish comments were far more common than their substantive comments.Report

    • Avatar Will H. says:

      Sort of my feelings as well, as to the both of them.

      I’ve never said this before @Saul, but you & I tend to agree a lot more than I state overtly.Report

    • Avatar Brandon Berg says:

      Really? I always imagined that those of you on the left were kind of embarrassed to have him on your side. I can’t recall him ever having anything intelligent to say. He’s pretty much a living strawman.Report

    • Avatar dragonfrog says:

      I’m with you on the reluctance over ScarletNumber – he spent most of his bandwidth on being a jerk. That he occasionally slipped up and made some kind of on-topic contribution to the discussion doesn’t change the fact that he was mostly just here to be a jerk. He was given chances to shape up and didn’t take them. That’s about that.Report