So, that 'Pyro' troll was banned (ratings privileges).
by Shem, Tue May 27, 2008 at 09:26:53 AM EDT
It's good that the blatant Republican troll who spammed nothing but copy-pastes of Obama religion/family smear emails yesterday was banned. Their comments occupied the entire first page of the Hidden Comments section, and I'm glad to see they were all deleted. They were disgusting.
Contrary to current popular belief among Obama supporters, I don't consider MyDD an unfair forum for expression. I've been here since the 2004 primaries, and still prefer MyDD to Daily Kos despite being an Obama supporter (indeed, those who consider Markos Moulitsas the new leader of the "Obamasphere" clearly don't remember the Daily Kos' own anti-Obama streak while John Edwards was still in the race). Jerome's current biases don't overshadow the fairness of the other front-pagers, and pro-Obama diaries still make the rec list regularly (and while you still have to compete for the slot, it's no more difficult than making Kos' rec list while Edwards was still in).
But if Pyro's comments were disgusting enough to warrant a ban and deletion, why does the MyDD user who ran around uprating all of them yesterday still have ratings/rec access? I won't call them out by name, but they're easy to spot. Find any random personal attack against an Obama supporter in the Hidden Comments section and you're almost guaranteed to find their name next to a "2" uprating.
After seeing someone get away scratch-free after repeatedly uprating a banned right-wing email copy-pasting troll yesterday, I'm starting to wonder if it's much easier for Obama supporters to lose their rec/ratings access nowadays than Clinton supporters. And I'm an older MyDD user who wasn't previously sympathetic to such suspicions. It's starting to feel as if every Obama supporter's privileges are hanging by a thread, while Clinton supporters' abuses have to be extensively documented and prosecuted via email.