I’ve tried to stay neutral on the Truth About Guns v. Gunblog battle because I try to stay neutral on internet spats in general.
Yes, TTAG stole content. Yes, some of the people there pick fights when they don’t have to. But let’s face it, who amongst us isn’t also guilty of similar actions? To quote Mark Knoeffler,
When you point your finger ’cause your plans fell through
You got three more fingers pointin’ back at you
I left this comment over at TTAG as a response to an incendiary article about who should and should not have the right to defend themselves.
“Short version of this article: “I’m ok, you’re seriously messed up”.
Slightly longer version of this article: “Look, I’ve had 20 people look at me cross-eyed, so I know I can handle a gun in an emergency. The rest of you can’t, and I know this because I am better at this than you are. Just ask me, I’ll tell you. And even though I give a great example of someone like you who handled things correctly, he’s the exception to the rest of you brain-dead schmucks. And he’s the exception because I say so. The rest of you guys can’t handle things as well as he did. So there.
Look, I understand that this site needs a certain amount of, ah, stimulating conversation, but some editorial oversight is necessary, lest TTAG become TMZ with guns.”
The problem is, that’s not how the article appears on the site: The critique (offered up in good faith) was edited out.
Editing out critical comments is a no-no. That’s Blogging 101. Heck, that’s covered in Remedial Blogging 090. Blogs are only effective when they listen to and respond to user comments. Blogs that don’t do this are echo chambers, not centers of honest discussion.
One of three things will happen in the next few days…
- I’ll get a profuse apology from the site owner, claiming that it’s not their policy to do such things and it happened without their knowledge and gosh darn it all we’re sorry.
- There’ll be a flame post show up that steals my banner graphic.
- This post will be ignored.
I’m ok with any of that. I do this for me, for the love of shooting, not to pay people and stir up hornet’s nests.
Update: Already got an email saying it was to halt any “digression” in the comments.
Sorry, but blog posts are for blog owners, the comments belong to we the readers.
For the record, blast away at me in the comments. I’ll only edit out harsh language, as I want to keep this PG-13.
They rely on pageviews, links, and search results to drive traffic. As such, I’m not visiting there, not commenting there, they’re gone from my blogroll, this is the the last time I’ll talk about about them and the link in this post is the last link TTAG will get from me.
I encourage others to do the same. After all, the best way to neutralize an SEO whore is to ignore him altogether.