How To Be Banned From Commenting on a Wine Blog

In four and one-half years of publishing this wine blog, I've managed to only ban 8 people from ever commenting again. Today I banned that 8th person. It struck me, as I clicked the "ban" button, that perhaps I ought to explain the policy that leads to being banned from commenting at FERMENTATION: The Daily Wine Blog.

There is no policy. I'm capricious when it comes to this aspect of publishing my blog. But, I can explain what is likely to get my ire up to the point where I simply won't have someone in this neck of the woods anymore.

1. Libel a friend of mine
2. Malign a good man
3. Use my comment section to carry on a vendetta

Now, you can go at me all you want. I'm always here, I have strong opinions, and I have a pretty thick skin as someone who blogs regularly probably should.

If it turns out you do find yourself banned from commenting on this blog, don't feel too bad. The Internet offers any number of venues where you can make a fool out of yourself.

The Management.

Posted In: Personal, Wine Blogs


17 Responses

  1. Randy - May 15, 2009

    I would think your “ultimate fan” club would have more than just eight lifetime members.
    I only hope that if someone libels me, you’d come to my rescue. Of course, my skin’s pretty thick too…
    All I want is for you to talk more about why you’re so melancholy on your damn blog. Your evasions when we ask you uncomfortable things (like that) on WBR make me wonder what is it that makes you tick.

  2. Josh - May 15, 2009

    And I’d like to know why your RSS feeds are freakin’ summaries now!
    Is content scraping really a big problem, or have you gone to the monetization dark side?

  3. Tom Wark - May 15, 2009

    I’d come to your defense in a second. No worries. Just let me know where and when the rumble is happening.
    On the issue of “Melancholy”, do I seem so? I hope not. After all, beginning Sunday at 6:10am my life gets a whole lot better.

  4. KenPayton - May 15, 2009

    6:10 Sunday? Is that a flight departure time?

  5. Tom Wark - May 15, 2009

    Indeed!!! Wheels Up!!

  6. Thomas Pellechia - May 15, 2009

    I can attest to Tom not being melancholic, or did I mean alcoholic 😉
    Tom, is that trip to the land of tall, cool drinks with plastic flowers or umbrellas on a stick?
    To answer Josh: yes, scraping is a pain in the ass. I’ve managed to get Google to nail two of them for me.

  7. Catie - May 15, 2009

    Ummm – I just wanted to let you know that I would never libel any friends of yours (at least not pubically where you could read it), I love all good men and I have no vendettas (well,none at this time.)
    Also, I owe you an apology. I completed an outstanding interview about you, including a great and “un-melancholic” photo! I am sorry I never got back to let you know when it was published.

  8. Randy - May 15, 2009

    I’m glad to hear you are taking the vacation. Last time we spoke it seemed it was up in the air.
    Go enjoy yourself and don’t think about blogging or direct shipment of wine. We’ll be here when you get back!

  9. Tom Wark - May 15, 2009

    I saw the interview posted and sure do appreciate it. And it’s brought folks to fermentation too!

  10. 1WineDude - May 15, 2009

    Sounds… juicy!!

  11. Samantha - May 15, 2009

    Seriously…I am dying to know who said what…a relieved to see it wasnt me for once.

  12. Director of Lab Rhetoric - May 15, 2009

    I can’t believe I got banned.
    …oh, guess it wasn’t me this time.

  13. Scott - May 16, 2009

    Testing. One. One Two.

  14. Sgt. Sassafras - May 17, 2009

    Hope you never have to ban Morton Leslie.

  15. mydailywine - May 18, 2009

    Nice of you to explain. But I am a fan of the firm hand when it comes to limiting the publishing platform for nutjobs or raging bulls.

  16. Lenn Thompson - May 18, 2009

    I wonder if one of the people you’ve had to ban is one that I’m considering banning right now. 😉

  17. Joe Dressner - May 19, 2009

    Who are you considering banning?
    Joe Dressner

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