Dear friends of ChuckThis,
There is an ongoing situation that we are upset with and need to clear the air with everyone.
This blog was born out of a sense of frustration with the NBC boards and limits to freedom of expression, so it is with sad hearts that we share with you that one of our commenters is causing what we deem to be a problem. We have privately tried to handle the matter but since it continues, we feel we have no choice but to address it publicly.
This is what we know, and we’re going to name names.
One of our regular commenters, Liz James, has taken it upon herself in the past to form her own Greek Chorus of blog aliases (VickyJay, First Timer, godot, Buy More Associate, MarieM, James Lee, A Friend of the Family, MaryM, MariaM, ReadySet, HenryH, Gabbo, AngelTwo, FrancesM, BeCoolBoy… You get the idea) to both bolster her own suppositions from previous posts, as well as to gang up on other posters with whom she doesn’t share a POV. While the sock puppetry has largely come to an end at our request Liz continues to change identities and post under new aliases on a regular basis. This is an extremely dishonest and disingenuous practice and we want it to cease on our blog. We enjoy differing opinions here, but ganging up on another poster via multiple personalities is wrong, as is presenting yourself in a dishonest fashion that robs the other members of the board of some much needed context and information. We shouldn’t have to be the post police, but since this behavior has continued we feel we have no choice.
We’ve kept this quiet both for the tone of the board and to spare Liz the embarrassment and the potential damage to her well earned reputation as a clever and engaging commenter. She’s had ample warning privately, and ample opportunity to act with restraint to publicly preserve that reputation, yet by continuing to take advantage of our reluctance to reveal what we know she has not done so. Collectively, we now think it is time to come clean with the readers, and to allow them to judge Liz and her criticisms knowledgeably.
We *still* resist banning people outright. However, posters can not be permitted to advertise themselves in a deceitful manner here. We welcome opinions, but we must insist everyone own up to them. Aliases are fine, but creating a gang of them to support yourself is not. Changing aliases to present yourself as someone new, or to engage in behavior you would not want attached to your name is likewise something we will no longer tolerate.
We hope this board can remain a free and open place where all opinions are welcome and discussed politely, and we ask for your continued help and cooperation to make it so, but we will no longer tolerate our deference and good intentions being used against us to carry out deceit.
Amyabn, ATCDave, Ernie Davis, Faith, Thinkling, & Joe
PS: I originally wanted to not have comments this one time on this post, because there really isn’t anything to discuss. But we also don’t want any frustrations to fester and perhaps boil over to other threads, so I’m making the personal decision to keep comments open, at least for the while, here. We’ll read them.
You’ve all been tremendously respectful of each other, which is the reason why what has happened sticks out like a sore thumb to us. Please let that continue. – joe