Extreme Thinkover Comments Require Civil Discourse

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To my dear readers:
From the beginning of Extreme Thinkover, I have set a standard for civil discourse on the blog.  I hold myself to that standard.  See the header for my statement on civil discourse.

In the past few days I received a comment from an individual that appears to fit the description of a “troll.” Trolls or trollers are persons who search the blogosphere for posts or blogsites that they disagree with for political or ideological reasons and then write comments that are usually tirades that often use profane, even lewd language attacking the individual they oppose.

In this case, the comment was a crude, ad hominem attack against the President of United States, as well as myself.

The individual who wrote the comment is a known troll who writes inflammatory comments, not just to individual blogs, but as a prolific far-right-wing spammer.  It is possible that the writer may actually be more than one person, but his style (a male’s name appears as the author of the comment) is quite consistent with other material I have read authored by the guy, so I assume that one person is responsible for the comment..

How do I know this?  WordPress provides its bloggers with a significant amount of information from those who submit comments and replies.  As a result I have access to some of this man’s track record on the Internet.

I have no problem with my readers disagreeing with me.  In fact, in my statement on civil discourse I specifically mention you are welcome to do just that.  I will not, however, approve comments or replies that violate that standard.

Extreme Thinkover: 2010 in Review

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Extreme Thinkover Received a Very Nice 2010 Annual Report from

the “Helper Monkeys” at WordPress.com:

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 33 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 135 posts. There were 355 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 36mb. That’s about 7 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 9th with 349 views. The most popular post that day was About Extreme Thinkover.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were community.nytimes.com, WordPress Dashboard, facebook.com, righthealth.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for serenity, serenity movie, grunewald, tcu horned frogs, and galileo’s telescope.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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About Extreme Thinkover September 2008
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Serenity Movie Revision: Saving Wash’s Life June 2009
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Grunewald’s “Resurrection” April 2009

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Galileo’s Telescope: the 400th Anniversary, August 25, 1609 August 2009

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Go Horned Frogs! November 2009

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Thanks WordPress for a great blog site!