Sponsored Content

Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Pelosi: I Don't Know Nothin' About Waterboardin' No Jihadis | Main | More Good News...Things May Be Heating Up Again Between Georgia And Russia
April 23, 2009

Please, a Favor

I know I dropped the "c bomb" last week, but that was something I don't do very often, and on top of that, I had no advertisers then.

I'm trying to get some advertisers -- with the lone exception of a Killing Time ad from blog-friend Pegu, I haven't made a dime this whole month -- and so I'd appreciate if people calmed down a bit with the language.

Yes, I know I did it. I am not assigning moral fault or anything. It was my bad.

But I would appreciate it if commenters cooled it on unnecessarily obscene language and statements that might, as they say, scare the horses.

Pajamas Media had an amazingly loose policy on what I (and you) could say here. As in, it was never even discussed. But I doubt that all advertisers will be so open-minded.

So please, please, please: The occasional profanity is fine, especially if it's humorous, but watch out for the really tough ones, especially if it's just for the purpose of a bit of angry venting which could easily be achieved with other words.

Kinda... just don't try to trump me as far as content and language. Let me be the guy who goes the furthest. I can always quickly delete something if I realize I've crossed a line; it's harder, though, to go through lots of comments finding stuff that might raise flags.

Sorry about this and all, but there are, you know, market forces at work.

A lot of obscenity... like f-bombs and "bullshit" is barely even obscene anymore, so ubitquitous is it on the internet. The ones to watch out for are the male and female versions of the c-bomb, tossing out "bitch" unnecessarily, angry gay baiting, talk of shooting and hanging people even in jest, etc. Some political correctness there, yeah, but consider that Netflix, for example, may not want an ad running next to a post with a lot of such sentiments.

I'm not saying write like angels. I'm just asking to tone it down a little, especially when it's just for the sake of angry venting.

Guidance: If you don't know what I mean, just skim the comments for my posts.

Look, "douchebag," "fuckweasel," "cockholster," "pooter"... all that stuff is fine. Fuck is fine... just be judicious about it. (As in -- if it's merely a random intensifier with no more meaning than "damn" or "golly!," why use it?)

The ones to look out for are the c-word, "bitch," especially as applied to a woman, and the other c-word, especially as applied to a gay dude.

If it's funny, it's fine. But if it's unnecessary and angry, and not funny, why use it?

As I said in the comments: If you want to say Nancy Pelosi is a rotten lying hag, then do so; calling her the c-word is doubly disadvantaged: On one hand, it's just generic vulgarity, and so it actually isn't as insulting and descriptive as "rotten lying hag."

On the other hand, it's a red-flag vulgarity, so even as it's less effective than "rotten lying hag," it's more offensive to more people. It's less offensive to her, but more offensive to readers (especially women) and advertisers.

So it's lose-lose.

I am just asking for a step to be inserted in the commenting process before hitting "post:" Ask if the all the profanity, especially the still-taboo profanity, is necessary or adds anything.

If it does, fine. If not, just take it out. "Save it up" for when it can be used to greater effect.

I trust you guys. I know that 90% of you will use good judgment and, if anything, you'll probably skew too clean.

You don't have to be clean. And certainly not too clean. Just 20% cleaner will do.

digg this
posted by Ace at 03:24 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
G'rump928(c) : "[i]But when you need goods or services you go into ..."

Ben Had: "AltonJackson, I think we are just about to get h ..."

Bulgaroctonus : "Walmart is a Chinese whore. ..."

Dead Name McGee: "I don’t actually want to SEE it with my own ..."

Moron Robbie - The EPA has determined US has cooled since 1948: "It's an admirable goal. If you can, buy property ..."

Braenyard: ">>>my goal is to live outside a town that is just ..."

Bulgaroctonus : "211 *Feh* ..."

Cicero (@cicero43): "Ask your doctor about Equinox. Do not take Equinox ..."

AltonJackson: " [i]AltonJackson, welcome to Corsicana ! Poste ..."

Mr Aspirin Factory: "If you can figure out when, where, and how to visi ..."

Bulgaroctonus : "209 Feb. Good riddance. Fall kicks summer’ ..."

Moron Robbie - The EPA has determined US has cooled since 1948: "A friend told me one of the most "city" things I'v ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64