Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Dear Anonymous Commentator

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your attempts to post rude and idiotic comments on my blog. I'm sorry that my rejection of your query has led you to this immature response. You're so brave to post anonymously too, and clearly very sharp for not realizing by now that I moderate my comments.

Sincerely,
Jonathan

16 comments:

Julie Weathers said...

*chuckles softly*

It never ceases to amaze me at how brave people are when they are anonymous. That is the number one reason I don't pay any attention to critics who post their biting remarks anon.

*Passes the margaritas.

Marissa Scott said...

*snicker*

Some people are just so bizarre. Do they not realize that it's possible to see their IP address? That it's possible to moderate comments? That it's possible to delete comments.

Well done. :-)

Jordan Lapp said...

*laughs heinously* <--everyone seemed to be doing it.

Do a whois on their IP Address and you might be able to get a name from 'em.

Aimless Writer said...

Sorry you have to deal with this. I usually don't read anything posted under anonymous. If they don't have an identitiy, why should I care what they write? If they have a valid point, they'd use their name (even if its just a first name).
And isn't the anonymous ones that are always so snarky.
As for tracking their IP address-why waste your time. Who cares!

Sylvia said...

I admit it, I laughed. :)

jjdebenedictis said...

Hee! How many attempts did the troll need to figure out none of the comments were going to go through?

Jonathan Lyons said...

Just as an aside, I should say that sometimes anonymity is necessary. Obviously this isn't one of those cases.

Julie Weathers said...

Jonathan;

I do agree there are times it is necessary. However, I've noticed it does tend to make people braver and a lot of unnecessarily rude comments spring from anon posters.

I consciously debated whether to use my name or post anon when I created my account. Then I decided it might prompt me to keep my mouth shut more with my name attached to the post. Obviously, that theory didn't work.

Anonymous said...

Darn, I missed the comments. What did they say?

December/Stacia said...

It seems like every blogging agent these days has at least one vicious anon, waiting to leap on anything the agent says. Yawn.

Aimless Writer said...

"sometimes anonymity is necessary."
I think more along the lines if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
Rejection can be frustrating but its part of a writer's life. We have to get used to it and learn not to dwell. I think the first rejection letter I ever got was like a stab in the heart but as a writer grows they start to take them in stride and just work to improve.
This person should use their energy to improve their craft instead of flinging trash.
MHO
:)
And why would you want to piss off an agent who might love your next piece of work??? He may be posting anonymously but what if you figure out who he is?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, It wasn't me even though you did reject my query.

And I agree with aimlesswriter about the next piece of work. What's to say that you wouldn't totally enthused about my next project?

Anonymous said...

I go anon out of necessity. As a computer illiterate I can't seem to get an ID to stay and work. So, it's easier to go Anon. But a combative Anon is a coward.

My mother always said, "If you can't say something nice, ..."well, you know the rest.

Ryan Field said...

This is probably the most concrete agent blog there is in the web. You never repeat yourself and you don't insult writers. It's smart, it's always in good taste and I always learn something beneficial.

I have a feeling this "Anonymous Commentator" knows you moderate; don't underestimate these low end trolls. He or she most likely wanted to be sure you read what they had to say knowing you'd never post it on the thread. They wanted to be rude and they wanted to make certain you saw it. And that sucks!! I hope it wasn't too ugly, and I hope you didn't give it a second thought.

I look forward to your posts, I enjoy your strong, powerful blogging voice, and I think a lot of other people do too.

L Lawson said...

I've never thanked anyone for a rejection before, but:

thanks for the swift, succinct rejection.

Onward!

Adaora A. said...

Your wit and good humour is to your benefit Mr. Lyons. Ah I love this blog.