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August 9, 2013

Goodbye, Hamster

(Apologies in advance for this administrative post that isn't discussing any cool movies. This topic has reached a point where it needs to be addressed, and I feel like this is the best way of making my point clear. Normal content at the site will resume, for good, after this point is made.)

Over the last several years, From Midnight, With Love has been visited frequently a particularly obnoxious and cowardly troll.  This commenter has been spreading his idiocy among many blogs all over the internet, but of late has been particularly focused on this and other horror blogs, each of which he attacks with vile, inappropriate, and harassing comments.  You can look back at past post to find his lunacy, but I won't bother giving examples of it here.

To me, this particular troll has always seemed like one of two things. At best, he's an immature and poorly-educated person who sadly thinks he's being funny. At worst, he's a sexual deviant who clearly needs therapy for whatever ails him. I've allowed his comments here, for the most part, because he seems to only be entertaining himself and because he has (for the most part) not been disrespectful directly to me or my other readers.  Two or three times he even commented on the post itself and seemed like he was interested in being civil, which shocked me. In the long run ignorance was my choice, and I hoped he would tire of his own words.

I realize today that I have been wrong in this matter. As a member of the horror community I will no longer entertain the ramblings of such a person, because it does no good for me or anyone else. This commenter has done nothing to earn his voice on this forum, and I can no longer allow his immature drivel to reside here while he continues to seek out and harass my friends in this community. To them, I apologize for not doing this sooner.

The main point I'm trying to make is simple, and I will spell it out directly. Hamster, you are no longer welcome here. Your disrespect for women and indecent behavior has gone on long enough, and I'm not willing to be a part of it any more. Feel free to spam me with your comments and insults, but know that they will fall on deaf ears.

Your time here is up. I have contacted blogger regarding how to deal with offensive and hateful commenters, and will do everything in my power to make sure your behavior is not allowed here or anywhere else. It is in your best interests to move on.

It is with a heavy heart that I have enabled comment moderation for From Midnight, With Love. I wished that this site could be laid back and host intelligent discussion of the films I am promoting, but unfortunately that is not possible right now.  I urge any of my friends in the horror community who are dealing with this ignoramus to take similar steps, because I no longer see any reason to put up with this behavior.

We will not discuss this again. FMWL is moving on to a better day.

5 comments:

Hey! Look Behind You! said...

You tell 'em Steve Dave!

Fred [The Wolf] said...

He's the reason I started moderating my posts years ago. He kept saying really perverted things to my female commenters and readers that just irked me. I still get comments from him every once in a while, but I just delete them. I honestly believe the guy is a sexual deviant, obsessed with Heather Rourke. Creeps me out. You did the right thing.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Moderating comments because of one commenter can't be fun for you, but may I be selfish and say that I'm really glad you're doing it? =)

Christine Hadden said...

Thanks for this post. I know we've chatted about this horrible excuse for a human being more times than I can count, but lately he's went further off the deep edge than usual - and I didn't know that was possible.

I tend to agree with Freddie, the guys is a deviant. Or, in simpler terms he might understand: a creep.
I started moderating comments a few years ago because of The Hamster, but he has still lurked around, leaving obscene comments I could never post in a million years, and as of late he has gotten more wretched, more pathetic, and more seedy than ever.
He tries to disguise his perversions by throwing out a random compliment here and there, but deep down, he's just a dirty pig.

And if I never hear women being referred to as "birds" again, it will be too soon...

Thanks again, you're a real stand up guy!

Emily said...

I hear ya. I had turned on comment moderation due to him and some spam, and I think it's the norm for blogs now. I still get the occasional comment attempt from He Who Shall Not Be Named, but I just continue to ignore them. I imagine that's the worst punishment he can get.