Dean's World has come up with a great rule for handling spammers and trolls who leave messages in his blog comments:
From this point forward, if you leave either a trolling message or a spam in the comments to Dean's World, my wife Rosemary will edit your message. Purely for the purposes of correcting your grammar and making sure you said what you really MEANT to say, as opposed to whatever deranged psychobabble came out of you.
What spurred this policy? "Laura in DC" has been spamming blogs to drum up support for presidential candidate Howard Dean, and made the mistake of spamming Dean's World. Jeff Jarvis (BuzzMachine) has a sample in his comments (and Daniel Drezner has one too):
Cool site! Check out my new blog, Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope - The Great Grassroots Campaign. Also, check out my Dean stores, The Great Grassroots Campaign and You Have The Power. The proceeds from the shop will be given to the new Generation Dean chapter on campus. If you feel like linking to any of the sites I gave you, I'd be happy to add a link to your site on my blog. Keep up the good work with your site.
Posted by Laura in DC at September 17, 2003 04:41 PM
So what did Laura really mean to say? Here's the re-written comment:
I just want you to know that I used to love Howard Dean. This is my website. But I just found out that Howard Dean fantasizes about being a 13 year old girl in bondage and wishes he could be Ronald Reagan's sex toy. He hates the Jews and the darkies, but especially the jews because he thinks they have all the money and won't give him any.
I really hate him now. If you hate him too, please come to the website and tell me just how much!!
He is a real rat bastard.
Email me your thoughts on this stinkin' racist anti-semite. I'd love to hear from you !
Posted by Laura in DC at September 17, 2003 05:26 PM
If the opportunity ever comes up, I'm going to have a lot of fun with this!
Update 20-Sep-2003: Laura hit Calpundit's comments yesterday.