I just had to spam 14 comments, come of them quite extensive, a couple gratuitously insulting, by a former privileged participant here who has been banned from commenting following the procedures described quite clearly under the Comments policies above. That all of these illegal comments arrived exactly during the time when I was unable to visit or moderate Ethics Alarms because of a speaking engagement was either a remarkable coincidence or bad luck. The Mexican army attacked while the Alamo [no, not “Amazon,” as I wrote the first time.] defenders were asleep, too. It’s a crummy thing to do, and, of course, unethical.
It is also unfair to the still licensed commenters here who now have orphan comments responding to a missing argument, and to the blog itself. If the banned commenter was so determined to have his say here and participate in our exploration of ethics, his avenue was remarkably apparent: he could have followed the rules. When he was first suspended for direct insult to the host–I reserve the right to decide when I will forgive or forget such outburst—he was told that his commenting privileges would be restored upon a sincere apology and an agreement not to repeat the offensive conduct that prompted the sanctions. The commenter chose not only not to avail himself of that opportunity, but to continue to enter comments in defiance of the edict. This is trespassing, blog-style. It is disrespectful, arrogant and intentionally disruptive. Of all those who have been banned or suspended here, many of whom were pathological assholes, only this individual has continued to post comments so often and so many times.
Make of that what you will: I take it to mean that I was correct in the initial discipline (I have regrets and second thoughts now and then with some exiles, because I hate to exclude anyone, and I’m a nice guy.) and more tolerant than I should have been when the commenter was leading up to his eventual, and, I see now, inevitable meltdown. Is he one more pitiable victim of the ravages of Trump-Derangement, as some of the spammed comments suggest? Or is he just an ideologically rigid progressive, laboring to overcome a permanently closed mind and diminished critical thought skills arising from immersion in too many echo chambers? I don’t know, and at this point, I don’t care.
He has no business commenting here, and I would appreciate it if nobody encourages his breach of blog commenter etiquette by responding to his illicit comments if there are any. He has proved that he is not qualified or fit to comment on Ethics Alarms.