Many people are curious as to the exact process that goes into a Rumpole reply to a particularly stupid comment. Therefore, we decided to give you a peek behind the scenes and review the unedited text of a Rumpole response to an email, complete with our thought process.
In regard to the post the other day that mentioned a case before Judge Schlessinger, there were a few comments in the comments section, one of which was negative about Judge Schlessinger.
Then we received this comment:
Again, you let ridiculous nasty comments... this time, re: John Schlessinger through the so-called moderation. There's nothing wrong with John. I've appeared in front of him and his wife since day one; he is fair and just and he carries himself with aplomb.
Rumpole to ourselves “Don’t these idiots get it? I don’t write the comments, and I don’t edit them. How can I convey my anger at this comment?”
Dear idiot? “No, a little to strong.”
“No, I think I need a thesaurus. Hmmmm…”
(Rumpole logs on to Thesaurus.com)
One deficient in judgment and good sense: ass, fool, imbecile,jackass, mooncalf, moron, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, simple, simpleton, softhead, tomfool, Informal: dope, gander, goose. Slang: cretin, ding-dong, dip, goof, jerk, nerd, schmo, schmuck, turkey. See ability.
Rumpole to ourselves: “Wow. Props to myself with the “cretin” pull. Had no idea. “Mooncalf" is a bit too obtuse. “Schmuck" too crude. Going to go with the old favourite.”
Just what don’t you get about this blog in particular and blogs in general? Someone doesn’t like Judge Schlessinger and they posted their feelings. And you want me to censor that? I happen to like Judge Schlessinger. He was a very fine Assistant US Attorney and is doing a great job as a judge. But those are my thoughts. Should I run a blog that only posts comments that I agree with?
Here’s a scenario for your dimwitted mind to ponder as you count your toes tonight.
Lets say there is a Judge you love. Call her Judge A. And lets say I hate that Judge. And lets say you decide to write a long glowing comment about your favourite judge. Then you get someone who can read your writing in crayon and have them post it on the blog for you. And because I don’t like Judge A, it doesn’t get posted in the comments section. How would that make you feel? Kinda sad and mad, right? See how it works now?
Someone wrote something critical about Judge Schlessinger. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to leap to his defense and try and compose something positive. In this particular situation something tells me that the result might make Judge Schlessinger think that “with friends like these…who needs enemies?” But you get the point right?
A free discussion of the issues of the REGJB with as little moderation as possible. Almost anything goes, except for what are now well known Rumpole Rules.
Anyway, best of luck with your ABC’s and those new crayons."
Rumpole says: Really. Is there any support for me to moderate comments and only post those I agree with? Actually, don't respond to that because I don't care. I like things the way they are. I do not want to live in a world where there are only people who agree with me (although things would be a hell of lot more efficient, I can tell you that.) The blog is what it is and most people seem to like it.
Maybe it's the heat that has me so cranky.
Never did like Pat Riley that much.
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