Comment of the year?

There’s been a bit of discussion both here and at Lava Rodeo about the possibility of compiling a Best Australian Blog Essays 2006 anthology.   Efforts in that regard are afoot.

But what about best comments?   This one from Nabakov over at LP (about Howard’s Oz culture citizenship test) would have to be a strong  contender for Best Blog Comment of the Year.   I’m asking readers to nominate other contenders in the comment box to this post.    Maybe LP might consider doing likewise, and we could then convene a judging panel  to select the top 3.   Just in case  I end up as a judge, please note that I might be  amenable to  payment of “trucking fees” in the form of a  respectable bottle of red wine.  

Comments, of course, can be from any blog at all, not just Troppo and LP.    Maybe we could even  get frequent readers of Tim Blair’s blog to nominate best comments from there, and maybe someone from Spin Starts Here (which often generates wickedly funny comments) could do likewise.  

“Best”  would certainly include witty comments but also  more serious, thoughtful, original and incisive ones.   Sometimes  you get a comment that’s much better than the original post that inspired it; Geoff Honnor often used to post such comments, and still does so occasionally.     There might even be excellent examples of abusive/sarcastic comments, although they’d need to contain strong elements of humour too.   Nakedly aggressive sledging (e.g. Cambria, Bird, Fyodor)  is neither clever nor  entertaining.   Maybe we should have 3 categories: best humorous comment; best serious comment; best abusive comment.   And then perhaps a Golden Boogy Award for best overall comment.

Update – the comment thread has been totally derailed by the appalling Graeme Bird, who appears unable to understand (or is so insensitive he doesn’t care)  that his presence here is unwelcome.     Can someone advise me how to put a commenter on moderation generally in WordPress.   I’ve hit the “moderation” button for several of Bird’s individual comments, but that doesn’t appear to stop him from posting further ones that are just as offensive and abusive.   Is there a straightforward way of doing this?   Maybe I’ll try classifying him as spam!

Further update – I’ve deleted every one of Bird’s comments and will continue doing so until he gets the hint and goes away. But it would be much better if I could simply ban him.   It’s a measure of Troppo’s liberality (and my technical incompetence) that  I don’t actually know how to do that.   Some commenters appear to have ended up in general moderation some time ago, but I have no idea how it happened!

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Fyodor
14 years ago

“Nakedly aggressive sledging (e.g. Cambria, Bird, Fyodor) is neither clever nor entertaining.”

Yeeowch. Fair cop, guv, but that’s a low blow associating me with the Clod Couple.

You cut me deep there, real deep.

[Eek! Nakedly Aggressive Sledging! Help! Help! I’m being assessed!]

Liam
Liam
14 years ago
Fyodor
14 years ago

Ken, at the risk of further diverting attention from the excellent idea in your post, you may not be entertained, but I am. You seem to think that the “standup act” is somehow for your benefit; it’s not.

I’m disappointed to hear that my comments are only “almost” equally dickhead, however: I assume that means I’m not podium quality in the Nakedly Aggressive Sledging Dickhead division. Quelle domage.

P.S. “Kramer’s” shtick was anti-negro, but I get your point.

Liam
Liam
14 years ago

And I nominate this entire thread, though it might need another category.

Andrew Leigh
14 years ago
Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

One of my personal faves.

JC
JC
14 years ago

Ken

What is it with you? Every 6 months or so you blow out a bit of steam and get stuck into me again for the same stupid reason that you don’t like my comments…. you don’t find them entertaining. I’ll let you in a little secret, they weren’t meant for your entertainment.Comments are either meant for the thread promotor or another commenter. You can of course choose not to read anything of mine, which is obviously something you aren’t doing otherwise you wouldn’t be offering this sort of opinion. So stop it now. When you get to me, just gloss over it as it seems it would be far better for you mental state.

The only interaction I have had with Fyodor has been about gold/ monetary policy threads. As we much as we dislike another I think we would attest to that. We don’t go chasing each other around the blogs. If you think we do, I would pleased if you could bring it to my attention. Otherwise it would be really nice if you retract this comment?

Ken, let’s understand something very clearly. If you’re going to throw mud around, I would suggest you stregthen the jaw a little. Last time you threw a couple of jabs, you ended up going to into blog “ER”- going into temporary retirement to get you health back.

And what’s with dissing Jason Soon? He’s one of the nicest guys around. Are you suffering from that same “illness” of a few months ago that makes you want to take random swings?

Take it easy, Ken. There’s more to life than the best blog competition, or finding the best and worst comments at 100 million blogs. Is Darwin that boring?

JC
JC
14 years ago

What is this

Fyodor, Liam, Ken, Trotsky….

You guys aren’t starting the equivalent of a “Bird’s Battered Wives Association” are youse. Just kidding round fellers.

JC
JC
14 years ago

One last thing Ken.

Some while ago you plugged us in to the potential of lawsuits arising from slander and such that pervades various blogs- you opined anyway. I would suggest you ought to take your own advice first before you get all lawyered up again and accusing people of being dickheads etc. Maybe take a real hard look in the old mirror.

Tony.T
14 years ago

This one.

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

Every 6 months or so you blow out a bit of steam and get stuck into me again for the same stupid reason that you don’t like my comments”

JC
JC
14 years ago

“I think Ken would advise himself to note that ordinary insults are generally not defamatory.”

Not really. Ken’s previous post had everything to do with insults. In Ken’s world he should be the only one to throw insults around. The moment the same thing happens back to him he throws a fit, writes a legal opinion on defamation and then goes on hibernation because “he’s a little tired” of blogging.

Ken doesn’t know who I am yet throws what he thinks is my name around. Maybe one of these days he could try and do that face to face. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

JC
JC
14 years ago

Trotsky

It’s ironic that you carry around that hateful moniker when your talking about Pinochet and mass killing meanwhile your namesake was responsible for the slaughter of 30 million innocents. But anyway I digress

The point of my comment was that if he doesn’t like to read a commentors opinions, then don’t read them. It was similar although not identical to the comments Fyodor made.

Nathan
14 years ago

It occurs to me that “Trucking Fees” spoonerised is f*cking trees.

Bannerman
14 years ago

How can Blair have ‘frequent readers’ if he keeps banning them?

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

JC,

You know what happens when you say things like that.

I’m starting to think you take some sort of perverse pride in your collaboration with Birdy here.

Robert
14 years ago

The only point that JC has ever proved is Ken’s…

JC
JC
14 years ago

This is amazing…. and pathetic…. and hugely ironic.

We have Trotsky who happily goes round whistling in the dark with a mioniker dedicated to the mass murderer and we have Robert whose web site proudly displays a Soviet ensign lookalike as the mantel to his blog site.

These two sit in judgement of what they consider enthical and righteous. Meanwhile Ken has a go at me, but thinks these two clowns behaviour deserves a perfect pass.

This is Parish’s view of the middle ground.
Hello, hello, Bizzaro world calling.

JC
JC
14 years ago

Ken

You misrepresented my comments.You should apologise as its the right thing to do.

If you can’t, then put me on moderation if you like as you seem pretty good at the abuse and run tactics.

In any event have a great Xmas season, Ken.

saint
14 years ago

Which one Tony?

Rob
Rob
14 years ago

I thought this was a brilliant comment from j_p_z on the LP thread that got C.L. banned. It had everything: wit, timing, irony and a neat reversal of thread direction. Certainly pulled me up in my tracks.

FXH
FXH
14 years ago

Have the Lava Lamp Pro Deus mob forgot to renew their domain?

mick
14 years ago

I like Gummo’s, though I was one of the people in the middle of that argument so I don’t know if I can judge.

I liked another of Nabakov’s comments, and I think if there were a “commenter of the year” award then Nabs would probably take it out.

Kim
Kim
14 years ago

Didn’t there use to be commenter of the year awards which Nabs always won?

mick
14 years ago

Nah, I think that was commenter of the week…

Mark Bahnisch
14 years ago

Yes, a friend of mine sent Nabs’ comment around to all his friends this morning.

You might be right, Ken, about the memory angle.

mick
14 years ago

Nabs’ comment got quite a few chuckles from some of the Australians that I chat with here in Euroland.

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

mick,

If it’s the Bully Boy Advocates of the Intellectual Status Quo madness you’re talking about, I’m fairly sure Nabs had a hand in that too. But the parties responsible seem to have cultivated a mysterious air of self-effacement, so I could be wrong.

Bring Back C's blog
Bring Back C's blog
14 years ago

oi Rob, that thread ended up with me banned also, all because of my moniker!!!

Mark Bahnisch
14 years ago

I’m 38, Birdy. As to whether anyone is “smarter” than you, I’m sure the court of public opinion will decide. I’m not and have never been a Marxist. You can now return to Rafe’s thread and your complaints that McCarthyism didn’t go far enough, or go tell someone that carbon emissions are a good thing.

Mark Bahnisch
14 years ago

You’re not banned, Homer.

I’m afraid this comments thread won’t win any awards, Ken.

Jason Soon
Jason Soon
14 years ago

actually Gummo, thanks for the nomination! Bully Boy Advocate of Intellectual Status Quo, Physics Division was me in drag.

Zoe
Zoe
14 years ago

Sedgewick used to have comment awards, the last in 2004 I think. The categories were a thing of beauty.

And yeah, Nabs took out the gold logie.

Zoe
Zoe
14 years ago

Although the “Bully Boy …” etc moniker was Nabs’ work, wasn’t it Jason?

Jason Soon
Jason Soon
14 years ago

actually the ‘bully boy’ coinage was Birdy’s. I’m pretty sure I started the sockpuppetry, at least I posted the comment of 19 February 2006 at 10:29 pm but all I did was use Birdy’s coinage.

Zoe
Zoe
14 years ago

Well, it’s a cracker. If only he was so pithy the rest of the time ; )

Fyodor
14 years ago

What Mark just said – not one of your best threads here, Ken. You might be pleased to know, however, that you’ve scored an “8” on the Birdy Scale.

Although I see that one of Birdy’s comments has dropped off its perch and, technically, you have to share the score with Liam & Trots, as the named targets in Birdy’s 7/8 comments. Still, that’s pretty damn good – I believe the record count of Birddroppings is 9, held by JohnZ at Catlaxative. I myself am only a “6”, so you may just have outdickheaded me there, mate.

Bring Back CL's blog
Bring Back CL's blog
14 years ago

Mark, it is very hard to comment if the moniker is not allowed!

Bring Back CL's blog
Bring Back CL's blog
14 years ago

hey Birdy as for wit ,
I think you join me in being halfway there

Mark Bahnisch
14 years ago

Birdy, yes, it’s all about you, son.

One aspect of repartee you might care to study is directing your abuse at people who actually said the things you are trying to rebut/mock. I’ve never made a comment about icebergs off the coast of New Zealand.

How’s that property empire in Greenland going? Lots of healthily warmed up fields for future scions of the Bird dynasty to gambol in…

Mark Bahnisch
14 years ago

Put up a link, Bird.

derrida derider
derrida derider
14 years ago

Yawn. Once again GMB derails a thread with irrelevant abuse. Can’t you just ban the bugger, at the very least until he learns to stay on topic?

Rob
Rob
14 years ago

Not Ken’s fault that his excellent idea got derailed.

JC
JC
14 years ago

You guys are actually thinking of voting for Nabakov for being witty? Have you got the category right? He isn’t witty he’s a vapid, boastful ignoramus.

Ken, go read some of the pitiful stuff he leaves here for people to endure.

He’s now a multi-millionaire wasp! Don’t get dazed with money people it’s only paper.

Yea, I know Ken, I about to go on moderation any second. But before I do, I nominate two of Birdies pieces for the best ever put down and the most interesting piece.

1. The Son of Joachim Fiori piece was possibly the best ever put down in history. I think it was directed towards Trostsky??? Can’t recall, but from that day on I always thought of the guy in a different light. Jason I’m sure can retrieve the piece for judging

2. last nights effort by Birdy. The piece was about Nicole Richie. Birdie turned it into a discussion about a cows tits.

see here.

http://catallaxyfiles.com/?p=2217#comments

Ken. I know it’s your blog and everything, but Fyodor and I had never finished our discussion on Pinochet. Is there a chance, any chance you can re-open that thread. We’re dying to get to each others throats. It’s been a while now.

It’s Xmas. Think of of it as a gift going both ways.

Mark Bahnisch
14 years ago

I’ve got no idea how I’m trying to trick you, Birdy. My cunning Marxist plans are impenetrable even to me.

Joe, credit where it’s due. I’ve always said I enjoyed Birdy’s more lyrical flights of fancy. His various Zarathustra moments are immensely fun reading. Perhaps he should play to his strengths?

JC
JC
14 years ago

Derisive D

You know, for a lefty I always liked you except for the time you wanted to compare annual income, which i thought was a little, how should I say, lowrent.

But Christ you’re a bit of a wowser. Lighten up a little and move with the story.
Birdie isn’t harming anyone.

Just relax, take a deep breath and push down. It’s doesn’t hurt, or so Fyodor tells me. not that i would ever try it.

He makes some good points, ie. that Nabs is too vapid to even consider.

Gummo Trotsky
14 years ago

Jason,

Thanks for clearing that little mystery up.

As for nominating myself for comment of the year – nah. I was just revisiting the good times.

As for the Son of Joachim Fiori piece, I never read it. So if it was a put down of me, it was wasted. If it’s specimens of Birdwit you’re looking for there’s a thread over at TBP (linked in the Pinochet comments) where you can see GMB and his little egger-on JC at their combined best.