Wednesday, February 14, 2007

An entry for the...
Anonymous Commenter Hall of Fame

Comment left this afternoon under the post 'Sens-less promo' (Jan. 13, 2007):
Wow James Mirtle you are by far the most over reacting sports writer i have ever read. Your comments made about my Ottawa Senators were just plain uneducated. Not only does the organization have an outstanding community involvement but on many occasions we have shown class up and above the rest of teh NHL. Does the name Roger Neilson ring a bell????? Your whole article just shows me what malice you have in your heart....a bush league team...last I checked we were ahead of you in the standings?????or are you just mad that we just won 2 straight games against you and put you in trouble of missing the playoffs???? On my last note let me just say it was the video guys fault. Owners players and coaches do not let me repeat do not micro manage what the score board displays....get something to really whine about like say the troubles the Habs are having right now....don't just rag on us to shift the attention away from you slumping team. Owe...and get educated!
Not much to say after that one, other than to point to Mike from Covered in Oil's fine artistic rendering of the anonymous blog commenter.
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At 7:10 a.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger Tom L said...


It's for comments like that that we made registration mandatory on SR when it moved to wordpress and hosted by the Sabres Report.


In a former life when I was a political blogger/columnist I got all sorts of hate mail for being against the War in Iraq, see this post.


At 8:00 a.m., February 14, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

I'd love to contribute to this, James, but almost all of the hate mail I've received over the years were of the "you suck" style. I won't dirty up your comments thread with them.

Fortunately, I don't get those that often.

At 8:54 a.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger allan said...

You suck, Lyle.

And your sources are questionable.


At 9:07 a.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I had a quick post in October: J.S. Giguere: worst goalie helmet ever? that got this awesome response months afterwards:

"Its his helmet, not yours! He is wearing it, not you! And he likes it! So since when does it matter what you people think?!"

That one was my favorite, but there are some pretty strange anonymous remarks at the end of the thread also (also added several months later).

At 9:48 a.m., February 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Comments like that give us Sens fans a bad name. :(

You like the Habs? My condolensces if you do.

At 10:37 a.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

Ever notice that the proliferation of question marks is inversely proportional to a writer's literacy?
How cud U not notice wat a genuis I am??????? Are U stoopid?????????? What are U, a Habs fan???????????????

At 11:48 a.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger John said...

Bob from Scarborough...first time caller, long time listener...I want to know what you think about a Battaglia for Forsberg deal.....

At 12:44 p.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger E said...

hmmm, i guess i've been lucky, most of my anonymous commentors have been pretty thoughtful, and moderate in their use of punctuation. i always wonder why they bother to be anonymous anyway, it's not as though if they put in a fake name, or their real first name ('bob'), we'd suddenly know who they are and go hunt them down and beat them up... or would we?

At 12:45 p.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

E, have you seen Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back?

Maybe that is they secret nightmare hence the anonymity.

Bates for Forsberg? The Flyers would have to throw in a pick to get that trade off the ground.

At 12:50 p.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Hey, it's pretty obvious why the guy/girl wanted to stay anonymous...

At 1:13 p.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger Pinder said...

"your team"? is he talking about the Kamloops Blazers?

At 2:28 p.m., February 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't acknowledge us - it only makes us come back for more.

At 6:47 p.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I have no clue what he's talking about, Pinder. I'm open to suggestions.

At 7:29 p.m., February 14, 2007, Anonymous MikeP said...

James, it works like this.

I lived in Nova Scotia for a while. I moved here (Ontario) from there. My co-workers, knowing this, all assumed I must love Keith's and seafood. Similarly, all Albertans are farmers who love beefsteak, and all those from BC smoke pot.

You live and work in Toronto. Obviously you're a Leafs fan, to be mocked and pitied.

At 7:39 p.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

cI would love to have someone explain why it's such a big deal whether someone is anonymous or not. Everyone loves to dump on the anonymous poster, but would it make an ounce difference if they revealed their real name? Honestly, what's the difference between doogie and Joe Yates from Victoria that no one has ever heard of?

What happened to judging an argument by its own merits?

At 7:44 p.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

How'd you feel about this particular fellow's argument?

At 7:54 p.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

How'd you feel about this particular fellow's argument?

Ha. Point taken. But would it have made a difference if it was from Chris Dole? That's my question.

And here's another one: why do bloggers get so defensive when anonymous yahoos on the internet criticize them? I'm often baffled that people take some of my comments so seriously given they have no idea who I am, and following from that, shouldn't care in the slightest what I think them or their ideas.

And I'm speaking of hockey bloggers in general, not specifically Mirtle or anyone else.

At 8:35 p.m., February 14, 2007, Anonymous MikeP said...

mclea, that one's easy too. We post things partially because we want other people to comment on them. We don't want to get trolled.

I mean, I say (just like most) that I post for myself and I don't care if I get read, but if that was really true, I'd just write things in my journal and gloat over them in quiet. Right now for me it's effectively the same thing :) but if I get comments, I want them to be thoughtful; I don't want some jerk coming by just to be an ass. I put thought into my posts (and my comments), and people who troll are pissing into the community well.

Now I will stop babbling.

At 9:31 p.m., February 14, 2007, Blogger Michael said...

Yea, I too have had issues with anonymous comments and when I attempted to stand up to them, I have been attacked and called unprofessional for them. I think it is just insultingly cowardly that people use the internet anonymously.

I tried to make a post about it here.

At your request, here is an anonymous comment that I felt was way out of line.
You will always look like a tool wearing a Penguins jersey, whether it has your name on it or Crosby's.

Now, was that really necessary?

At 11:11 a.m., February 15, 2007, Blogger Black Dog said...

Two points on the whole anonymous thing.

First, the pragmatic - I just find it easier to comment on a thread when I am responding to someone who has identified themselves rather then to one of six anonymous comments. Also its easier to carry on a conversation with someone who has identified themselves - you recognize them from other posts and threads and so on. That's whether they post under their name or a goofy handle. Just a personal preference.

Secondly and this is a little more philosophical - I think that my experience is that plenty of anonymous commenters (and still a minority having said that) do nothing but spew out garbage and a lot of that has to do with the fact that they aren't putting their name out there. Is that BS? You might think so.
Now my nature is generally to treat people with respect anyhow but the fact that my real name is out there on my blog (and that I am aware that family and friends have found me) certainly makes me aware that I should act with care and reason. I think the whole blogging thing is anonymous enough - when the debates are going on over at BOA I enjoy seeing guys like peter and randy who are frequent commenters - sounds corny but its true.

Its a generalization but I have seen some hateful stuff out there and more often then not its anonymous commenters who are putting it out there. And as a result I think the anonymous commenter who is not an ass (once again most of them) is tarred with that brush.

At 1:29 p.m., February 15, 2007, Blogger Robert L said...

Well put, Black Dog, thanks for articulating your thoughts - saved me a good 10 minutes.

I've had one particular anonymous commenter that took exception with an anti-David Aebischer rant a few months back. He littered my posts with drunken profanities to spare.

I ridded myself of him by enabling the comment moderator and trashcanning his words. He disappeared after a week.

I couldn't help but save such a brilliant illiteration and have re-added to the post as of under - under the anonymous name again!

It's a classic!

I would not drop such bad language in another blog. Anyone curious (it's worth it) can check it out under its original post at:


At 12:36 a.m., February 19, 2007, Blogger BethanyM85 said...

This is the first and only one I have gotten...

Hockey? I think I've heard of that before. Isn't that a game they play on figure-skating rinks?

People are so bright sometimes...

At 10:16 a.m., October 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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