On 8/8/07, Ron Ritzman <ritzman(a)gmail.com>
"I will not assume good faith in the presence
of evidence to the contrary"
A username like "suckmydick" is evidence to the contrary.
Yes, "suckmydick" should be blocked, but should they necessarily be
prevented from choosing a more appropriate name?
If that's the person's only fault I don't even see the point of
at all. If they register the name and go away without editing they have
effectively prevented anyone else from using the same name.
What message should we be
sending? Is it "please choose another name" or "please choose another
oh wait, you're autoblocked, lol, gtfo and don't come back"? In most cases,
I'd prefer the former. From experience watching the live new users feed,
most people don't suddenly turn around and register "suckmydick2" if you
softblock them, and most of the serious trolls use dynamic addresses that
won't be significantly affected by autoblocks, anyway; I can't help but
question whether these harsh blocks are really doing much good, on the
They really don't do much good. More effort goes into these
counter-measures than these individuals with short attention spans ever
put into their silly games in the first place. Energy is much better
spent on dealing with the more persistant vandals.