MyNews24 is caught in the lonely abyss between people complaining that the silent moderators (it turns out there are some good guys on the team) either delete too many comments without warning, or that they don't delete nearly enough of the hate-speech which passes for regular intelligent commentary here. Now the problem with calling people out - especially these sorts of people - is that they get all flustered and defensive and attack even harder, and will no doubt promptly try and uncover every single even vaguely unkind thing I've ever said here. So be it ... I stand before you as the judge and them as the blood-thirsty jury. I'm a big boy and I know that disagreement comes with the territory, especially passionate disagreement. What I try to avoid are out-right attacks on people without any provocation first, and in fact I tried responding to a lot of the people I quote here even in the face of their insults. This is a debate forum, but some people just HATE it if you don't agree with them the very first time around.
With that, let the honour parade kick off. Please bear in mind that all of these appeared on a single story I posted defending e-Tolling, and purely by the volume here you can see that we might have a small epidemic on our hands on MyNews24.
Insults are so expected in fact, that one early commentator, Xolani, said: “Very well argued Fox, now let me get popcorn, lean back and watch all the insults that follow”
Another commentator, Carla Smith, didn't believe that people were being intimidated for supporting e-Tolling: "“Hey Foxy, Who exactly is intimidating you? Go lay a complaint at your local police office if you feel your life is in danger for buying an e-tag. Personally I know people with and without e-tags. I haven't heard of this intimidation. Maybe you need to keep better company hun... Or better yet, stay in Romania with the gypsies!”
Carla, this story is dedicated for you...
Ghoulza - “what part of that does your minute little brain not get?????” / “only a pathetic idiot would not be able to figure this out..... but hey it's you so what can we expect!” / “what argument, he's put up nothing but pathetic drivel. he lives in his own deluded little world. nothing better than the criminals running the country.”
Janine Roberts Owen – “don't worry , we will fight the fight for ALL cowards like yourself.”
Feeble Bongo – “Foxie speaking via his poo hole again.”
Frank – “Our man Leon here is one of those hard-core liberals that studied at Rhodes, opposed everything in the old regime and is hanging on for dear live to defend the new. See Leon, the utopia the ANC promised you lot of liberals turned out to be such a scam...”
DerekMain – “TheFox - why don't you just grease up and bend over for Scumral?”
WrefordWhite – “I read halfway through then gave up. This guy is mentally retarded.”
Frank (2) – “A SANRAL employed mental retard.” / “You can deny until you are blue in the face Foxsie. But you are a SANRAL troll and you and the rest of us know that.”
MonkInsane – “Yeah, Tried my best to read the entire article as well, but gave up about 1/3 of the way through. It is seriously lacking in the intelligence department.” / “We havent given up Fox, hence the battle against E-Tolls you moron.” / “Are you Retarded? Well, if you are happy to pay for the same thing twice, go right ahead.”
CyberMatrix – “Anyone with a smidgen of intellectual understanding and common sense would understand this without a problem, but you seem to be excluded from this category.” / “Fox your debating skills are comparable to your arguments, that are comparable to your understanding of the issues, really pathetic.” / “You have a pathetically limited view of how the world works.”
Seek Anfind – “geezuz you are narrow may minded. I bet you were that annoying kid in school who always went running to the teacher to tell on other children.. grow up and look at the bigger picture!”
Juan Pieterse – “You are the only troll here and I really hope you get screwed out of your money!”
Pws69 – “I've read through all the comments, and notice that Fox only provides juvenile responses. a lot of people have made very valid arguments against eTolls, just to be glibly brushed aside by Fox. My conclusion is that Fox is nothing more than a juvenile eTroll.”
Bertie du Toit – “O hell and when you woke up your coffee were cold.”
Trevor – “"The Fox 5366" What a sh@t name. I rest my case.”
Ashleigh Ronaldon – “What a brain addled waste of a human. Just looking at your picture on your profile makes me cringe. I see you married and cannot fathom how that is possible. From the drivel you wrote, you have not offered one convincing reason why e-tolls are good”
----------------- /End Hate (or does it?)
As there always is, a few supportive voices raised themselves against the masses above, and a special shout-out goes to Gary West for the following contribution: "“Dear TF 5366. Was enthralled and appalled at the same time while reading the comments here. That you maintained your dignity reasonably well in the face of largely spiteful, puerile and hysterical commentary speaks volumes for your sense of fairness and intelligence. Find succour in the fact that there are a lot of people who think like you but could not be bothered to try and get their points across to a bunch a watery eyed gadarene swine because of the predictable response."
'Watery eyed gadarene swine?' Not my term mind you guys, but if the snorts fit *shrugs*
Just as I had finished this, I noticed another contribution from Ghoulza on my latest story, although he's already featured above as well:
"“you do realise that you have about 10 supporters on this site, out of thousands. now I'm the first to admit that just because numbers are on a persons side does not make them right...but in this case you should take a long hard look at why that is. You "insights" are those of a person with limited intelligence and who has a biased agenda. your Comprehension of simple facts is non-existent and yet you carry on with your drivel and ignore anything intelligent that contradicts your tiny world view. as I said, history will prove me right about the ANC. all you'll be left trying to do is remove all traces that you supported them. poor you."
Well Ghoulza et. al., only time will tell, won't it? That, and MyNews24's moderators: strength to your arms, trying to keep this bunch under a semblance of control.