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!