June 08, 2005

Commenters React to Posting Rules - Bush Blamed

The following is an unauthorized entry placed here before G.M. had a chance to stop it. It concerns everyone and must be read to stop a terrible travesty on the internet. Continue to the comment:

Today readers and commenters were confused about new registration rules for posting at "The Corner." This comes on the heels of other recent guidelines regarding the use of inappropriate language.

When Woody signed on today, his first lucid thought was, "Huh?" After working forty-five minutes and trying eleven unavailable user names, he finally waded through the registration rules and became an official commenter. Despite his immense pride at achieving this recognition, Woody realized that it was easier for an illegal immigrant to get registered as a voter in California than it was to make a stupid comment at The Corner.

Calls and emails to G.M. Roper were made, but Mr. Roper was unavailable and the emails went unreturned. Questions abound about his disappearance. However, we can say, with seventy per cent certainty!, that he is not at the Neverland Ranch.

All of today's discussions involve the new rules, but none of the discussions were posted as people struggled with the registration process. The general feelings were that the commenters expect and deserve answers! What is the spam business, anyway--the so-called reason for the change? Maybe people like to read male potency ads and Nigerian banking offers. Maybe some need them.

Commenter reactions include those of Jim Hitchcock. Jim thought this must be some vast right wing conspiracy to silence liberals, who have a harder time following simple instructions. He wrote, "Democrats have a hard enough time voting with those chads and all. How, does G.M. expect us to follow these complicated rules? I think it's harassment and disenfranchises the less fortunate. We need a government program to resolve this."

On the other hand, too many steves was unaffected as he registered before it was required. too many steves said, "I had a better attitude about registering as a commenter than I did registering my guns. By my registering early, I could get three of my comments in way before tad or that other steve could even get their first one authorized. I ruled the discussions!"

In response, steve said, "it was hard enough dealing with the shift key without having to think up a name to register. however, i was able to come up with at least twenty obscure links about this subject, which I will share as soon as I figure out how to post them. i'm sure that george bush is to blame for this apparent attack on working americans. i can hardly wait to get back on to tell tad and g.m. that they are wrong on everything. did i tell you that john kerry was a war hero?"

The simple response from reg was, "%$#$&%(%(^*)_)*)&#@ you, Roper!"

Cao, Tom Grey-Liberty Dad, Mustang, BronxPundit, and others too numerous to mention were forming a committee to study the problem and determine if they could share one name to cut down on the red tape. Mustang said, "I served in the Marines and as a public school teacher. I know about forms and registration. But, this is too much. Next thing you know, G.M. will want us to register in triplicate!"

In the meantime, if someone has any technical solutions to the spam problem raised by G.M., then please get in touch with him. It is for a better America--and my sanity, too. Of course, you will have to complete the registration process first, if you can. Thank you.

Posted by GM Roper at June 8, 2005 05:40 PM | TrackBack

You know, one problem with being an anal-retentive sort is that it results in way too much positive reinforcement which, of course, leads to even more extreme anal-retentive behavior. So now I am anxious about leaving this comment having not been forced or invited to register. Unh... let me close, please, with a very hearty LOL!

I'm quite surprised, too. It had me locked out earlier and maybe G.M. decided that deleting Viagra ads were preferable to having commenters tied up.


P.S. too many, the system doesn't recognize you as being registered. Did you do anything different than what you normally do to post a comment?


Posted by too many steves at June 8, 2005 07:36 PM

This is a test. It is only a test. Had it been an actual post you would have been instructed to read it and respond. This is the end of the test. Resume your normal activities.

Follow-up: It seems as if the minor protest has resulted in restoration of the old posting rules. Such is the power of the press! Well, we will see if this is a glitch or a permanent fix.


Posted by Woody at June 8, 2005 08:07 PM

The breadth of my thoughts have been greatly exxagerated. Actually, I just figured that GM had screwed up again.

Your guess might be correct. Where is G.M.? Inquiring minds want to know. If he doesn't get back soon, then we'll call this "Woody's World and GM's Corner, Too."


Posted by jim hitchcock at June 8, 2005 08:15 PM

Could it be that GM's return from the Caribbean was staged by he and Woody? Maybe GM was infiltrated into Guantanamo to `just get the facts, ma'am'.

Posted by jim hitchcock at June 8, 2005 08:48 PM

Pbbbbbsssttttt to all of you ;-)


Posted by GMRoper at June 8, 2005 10:07 PM

I think I sprained something while trying to pronounce that.

Posted by jim hitchcock at June 8, 2005 10:18 PM

I've got to stop drinking beer while reading at GM's Corner. This has gotten more complicated than an afternoon at the Neverland Ranch with Miss Thistle's 3rd grade class. I liked it better when I was in a war zone ... at least we knew who the enemy was.

Mustang out

Posted by Mustang at June 8, 2005 10:59 PM

i abhor capital letters.

Yeah, they make some letters seem more important than others.

I hope that you know that I was just kidding around with you, because you give it back to us so much (and, we like you.)


Posted by steve at June 10, 2005 02:27 PM

i forgive you, as long as you don't murder fish.

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