Comments are dead. Long live comments.

Admiral Gnome has throttled back on the comment section until further notice. Watching some of you boys piss all over each others shoes got old quick. The comment section will re-appear in due time. After cooler heads have prevailed. In plain English, probably somewhere around Monday. (Note: it’s not really 100% off, you can still click through and comment on old posts. Do try to behave yourselves.)

Regarding the issue of First Amendment rights (see Hurben’s inquiry as an example), frankly you don’t have any around here. The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law which would infringe on the freedom of speech (see wiki). The threshold issue is the action of the government. Where there is no state action, the activity in question does not give rise to an actionable claim for the infringements of the constitutional rights alleged. We are not a state actor. Therefore we are not infringing upon anyone’s rights by turning off the comment section.

We may be stifling “speech” (I hate to call what you idiots were yelling at each other “speech”), but we’re fully allowed to do so. This is our bat, our ball, and our glove. Tough stance? Perhaps. Are we censoring? Perhaps. But instead of focusing an exact blade of deletion, we are simply applying an across the board curtailment of commentary privileges. None of us want to monitor your conversations, and none of us want to sit here and watch you yell at each other. It is bring all us down, or in the common vernacular – you are harshing my double rainbow.

Futhermore, there is no constitutional right to view, read or comment on this website. We can turn off the comment section whenever we damn well please. So there.

Now go to your room.

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

36 thoughts on “Comments are dead. Long live comments.

  1. @ Big Jonny: I think it was a good call to pull the plug on that little slagfest.
    I used to read the comments for their wit and sharpness, but recently a couple of commenters have made a habit of personal attacks. And not even funny ones at that.

    For the first time in years, I almost skipped DC because I ‘m tired of the personal attacks in the comment section.
    Let’s keep the comments sharp, but lay off the personal attacks.

  2. It may not matter much, but to be clear, it was Admiral Gnome’s call to throw the switch for the balance of the weekend. I supported his decision, but it was after-the-fact. Again, it may not make much difference, I just the record to be clear and the credit to be directed to him rather than me. It was a ballsy call, and one that was long overdue.

    Secondly, we’re working through how to move forward. I think AfricanSingle nailed it above. It was neither funny nor entertaining. For any of us.

    That said, long live comments.

  3. and silly ol’ me, I wrote a childish comment about how GODDAMN MUCH FUN I had ripping around Seattle on a rainy night with the author of that controversial ride report. Oh d00d, does that make ME controversial, or am I still just an old, slow guy tootling around the ‘burbs on a crabon jalopy?

  4. What? I missed a cyclist bitch fight? Dammm, that work thing sure takes time from important things in life.

  5. …goddammit, mikey…how do you think i feel when you characterize yourself as “just an old, slow guy tootling around…”, when i was huffin’ & puffin’ to keep up with you on my home ground ???…

    …sheesh…just sayin’…

  6. BGW— well, I had just come off the epicness of the ARPF Rex Ride the previous day, so I was like totally “on form.” The other 363 days of the year I’m old and slow.

    I was about twice the average age of the Point 83 group riders and the only person from the ‘burbs. I reckon those guys thought I was a narc, or worse— a republican. Weaving through Ravenna Park at speed on muddy singletrack in total darkness without a headlight, I could hear the coroner’s report echoing in my head… “the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the sternum, caused by full frontal impact with a mature Douglas Fir tree…”

  7. Free shipping of bracelets offered
    Hurben asks about shipping to New Zealand
    Gnome suddenly becomes very silent

  8. Hurby,
    send me an NZ nug, wrapped in coffee,
    I’ll send you a fist of these stupid fucking bracelets,
    complements of the house.

  9. Okay, terminology is different down here.

    Which raises a point, does Drunkcyclist realize that it’s international & things are different around the globe?

    Also I note that my comments are moderated, please explain & I hope that this applies to all those in that clusterfuck, (two of which I note have apologized to the list).

    Finally, why the ‘Fuck’?

    Not trying to be confrontational here, just trying to clear things up, you obviously think that I’m a Fuckwit which is fine, most people do but simple courtesy is nice.

  10. No bro. Got your Dear John. You’re not isolated in the moderation. It should actually be done (over with) as I was just fucking with the buttons & clicks and it’s too much. there is no automagic way to limit the boundaries of acceptability here. As it is, I’ve been weekend by the sauce as of late. It been weak. You’ve come around however and thank you.

    Yea, international for dweezy. Understood.

  11. We like to use the word ‘fuck’ as it is one of the most versatile words.
    Did you know that Drunkcyclist used to alienate a lot more of the potential readers not too distantly in the past? Now that the site is clean surfing, a few swear words thrown around here and there keep it ‘rel’ as they say in Phely.

  12. Fuck ain’t no prob, bro LJ. We’ll have a talk on this via real time should you need. but I think your grape can work the logic. If not, you know the digits. Otherwise, you want to challenge, i’ll rule it.

    Done with the shit same as I’m done with this cheap merlot.

  13. Thanks for clearing that up Gnome,

    (Although I had to reread several times).

    But please note who was the only one to do a classic 5,7,5 Haiku

  14. Mikey this is not StonedCyclist
    This is Drunkcyclist therefore we love Beer
    Weed interrupts our drinking time.


  15. Hurben, wiki told me just this morning it’s 5,7,5 syllables (versus words). or as near as it can be translated from the original language.

    *and* apparently they typically contain a seasonal reference. So, I’ll respectfully request you have a look at my first (and very likely last) haiku.
    ..better wear shades tho cause it’s fuckin brilliant..

  16. @Kark,

    although it’s summer down here, (blue skies, warm sun), I declare you +10 because we are a global group.

  17. …points n’ props to mikey, joetheelocutioner & kark for top 3…

    …kark ftw with his flung poo, fuck you, haiku…