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Thursday, Apr 2, 2020

* We just have way too many first-time commenters these days posting ridiculous things that I always end up deleting. So, we’re going to Defcon 3…

I have never done this before, so I don’t know if it’ll initially block all comments from everybody (which is why I’ve never done this before). But I cannot take all these crazy newbies flocking here, so what’s done is done. This ain’t Facebook, peeps. If you’re a rumor-mongering know-nothing nutball, I don’t want you here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

82 Comments
  1. - Excitable Boy - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 9:46 pm:

    I thought Mary Davenport was offering a sincere service in this time of need, was I wrong?


  2. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 9:49 pm:

    Ha! It worked!!!


  3. - JS Mill - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 9:53 pm:

    Rich,

    We appreciate your efforts to clear out the nuts (even if I am one of them from time to time).


  4. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 9:55 pm:

    Aw man. What did I miss this afternoon.


  5. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 9:56 pm:

    What JS Mill said.


  6. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 9:57 pm:

    So social media distancing, so to speak?


  7. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 9:58 pm:

    Um, I didn’t save it properly so the policy begins now. lol


  8. - thunderspirit - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 9:59 pm:

    You gotta do what you gotta do, Rich. I for one like most of the regular commenters here, even the ones with whom I disagree about nearly everything.

    Your house, your rules.


  9. - OneMan - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:02 pm:

    Hopefully it works


  10. - DCC - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:03 pm:

    Ok, let’s try this. You mean I’m always going to have to use the same nickname? lol


  11. - Dan Johnson - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:05 pm:

    This is a test.


  12. - Perrid - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:07 pm:

    I don’t understand why people would do that. I can understand fear and gossip, to an extent, but they feel the need to go to a blog they’ve never been to (or commented on) before to share? Just weird.

    (Hopefully I’ve had an approved comment)


  13. - Excitable Boy - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:11 pm:

    Wait, so do my posts still work?


  14. - Eddy - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:12 pm:

    Miss you Rich. Stay safe my friend


  15. - historic66 - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:15 pm:

    I don’t like that it has come to this, but I think it is for the best. Some of these comments were way out there.


  16. - Nick - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:17 pm:

    Test


  17. - Ccapilla - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:17 pm:

    Lockdown, eh. Next you’re going to tell us booze is being banned.


  18. - Norseman - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:24 pm:

    So this means you approve of all my comments?

    Just Kidding. My way of testing.


  19. - West Town TB - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:28 pm:

    Stay at home order reduces COVID-19 as capitol fax lockdown reduces Covidiot disorder?


  20. - NIU Grad - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:29 pm:

    Test? Not sure if it was all three. I’ve left previously approved comments, but choose not to provide my email.


  21. - Not a Billionaire - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:30 pm:

    It should work. There is,a lot of trolling going on.


  22. - Titan - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:30 pm:

    Sad to see you have to do it, but I can see the need.


  23. - Siriusly - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:39 pm:

    Good move. You know who we all are anyway, I don’t think I am surrendering a bit of privacy by disclosing an email to you.


  24. - Northsider - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:41 pm:

    Much appreciated, Rich, both the lockdown and you doing the extra work. Worth it to keep the nutters at bay.


  25. - Nick - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 10:52 pm:

    Testing one two three


  26. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 11:03 pm:

    At least they are authentic tr&*lls since they popped up once everyone had more free time.


  27. - Southsider - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 11:21 pm:

    This feels like high school all over again. Will I get asked to prom by the cool kid or will I sit home with my mom? It’s up to Rich. I feel triggered.


  28. - Ok - Thursday, Apr 2, 20 @ 11:30 pm:

    I think I have used far too many accidental exclamation points in the past to be on the approved list. But, let’s see.


  29. - Union Thug Gramma - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 12:44 am:

    YeaH, there’s a lot of stupid out there….lot of hate also…feel sorry for some of them.
    Not all of them.


  30. - Seats - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 5:46 am:

    Good choice, I come to read the thoughts of yourself and a select few posters for the most part.


  31. - Give Me A Break - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 6:11 am:

    Keep up the great work Rich.

    So, will Oscar be part of the Review Team?


  32. - Marie - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 6:19 am:

    I depend on this blog for fact-based information and thoughtful commentary. Thanks, Rich, for all you do to ensure it stays that way!


  33. - Blue Dog Dem - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 6:36 am:

    I will refrain from being overly optimistic. Not.


  34. - Anon For Now - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 6:41 am:

    Makes sense, thank you for your efforts to keep things civil and sane(ish).


  35. - walker - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 7:22 am:

    When I want to see how people’s opinions are drifting into fantasy, and paranoia, I go to other places. This is too valuable a resource to be clogged with nonsense. And it’s Rich’s gift.


  36. - observing - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 7:32 am:

    Where do I go if I want to be a know nothing nutball. I feel….


  37. - Ferris Bueller - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 7:35 am:

    It’s good to keep the crazy out.


  38. - Union thug - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 7:46 am:

    Well I hope I get through. Haven’t posted in awhile.

    See what happens when you give everyone all this time off and close everything…


  39. - Skokie Man - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 7:47 am:

    Maybe get one of those carnival ride signs that state “You need to be X% sane to ride this ride”? Hang in there. Capitol Fax was already a go-to site for me before this crisis, and it is invaluable now. Thanks for all that you do.


  40. - Glengarry - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:04 am:

    Whoa. I come here for knowledge. Thanks for keeping it that way. Didn’t realize end of days people would get tired of The Facebook and come here. I bet the Eastern Blockheads sent them.


  41. - dlapine - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:10 am:

    Capitol Fax is a site that I have good faith in to bring accurate IL political news, even for the discussions. Please take the steps you need to keep it that way.


  42. - very old soil - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:10 am:

    Is there an “and” or a “or” between the bullet points?


  43. - Gantt Chart - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:14 am:

    I wonder how all those new viewers found out about the blog. Do you have a theory, Rich?


  44. - Excitable Boy - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:16 am:

    Has Skillicorn tweeted about your fascist assault on free speech yet?


  45. - Nathan - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:16 am:

    This is a test of my messaging ability. This is only a test.


  46. - Bruce (no not him) - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:17 am:

    I’ll try not to say too many stupid things. Thanks Rich


  47. - Token Conservative - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:27 am:

    Make Capitol Fax Great Again…or something.


  48. - Whatever - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:28 am:

    == If you’re a rumor-mongering know-nothing nutball, I don’t want you here. ==

    But what about Mark 2:17?


  49. - Linus - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:29 am:

    =OK, I’m ordering a lockdown=

    I approve of this message. [three exclamation points]


  50. - 618er - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:30 am:

    I will repeat what most of us realize. This is a great community because of your efforts and high standards Rich..

    I think most of us agree that if we want a spectacular level of nuttery, we should just hit the Southern, SJ-R, or any of a number of newspaper’s comment sections.


  51. - Nadigam - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:30 am:

    Check 1..2..3..


  52. - Downstate - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:31 am:

    If you are seeing this, it means I’m not on the “verboten list”…….for now.


  53. - CapnCrunch - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:36 am:

    👍


  54. - revvedup - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:44 am:

    Good idea, Rich. Keep the discourse in reality and civil is important, even if we disagree. The Tinfoil Hat Brigades and blogtrolls are out in increasing numbers.


  55. - illinoyed - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:49 am:

    Been a daily reader for 5 plus years and seldom comment. There’s too much to learn from Mr. Miller, articles presented, and knowledgeable commenters. Thanks to all,i’ve learned so much here. If I had discovered this site a little sooner, I would not have cut a 32 year career I committed to at the age of 20 short due to a certain pension reform bill. H/T RNUG. Thanks for all you do Rich.


  56. - Try-4-Truth - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:49 am:

    Testing my Capitol Fax reputation.

    Here goes.


  57. - look2thisday! - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 8:53 am:

    Thank you, Rich. As always, you are providing an important service, thoughtfully.


  58. - Montrose - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:02 am:

    This is why we can’t have nice things.


  59. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:03 am:

    *pokes head out of TP-lined bunker*


  60. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:03 am:

    Thank you Rich for all you do.


  61. - Rich Miller - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:04 am:

    ===Will I get asked to prom by the cool kid or will I sit home with my mom?===

    This is not about if I like you or agree with you. It’s designed to keep the weird newbies out. It will take some time to get this working as well as it needs to be, so please be patient. Thanks.


  62. - Nuclear Bozo - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:13 am:

    Good idea - testing for now.


  63. - Tommydanger - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:13 am:

    I feel like a found the golden ticket. Stay safe and stay home my fellow CapitolFaxians.


  64. - illinoyed - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:13 am:

    Maybe a daily post of nothing but deleted comments… for laughs?


  65. - SOIL M - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:14 am:

    Good idea Rich. These times are stressful enough without the added frustration of having to stop the rumors, some of which don’t seem to go away no matter how many times they are debunked.


  66. - Smalls - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:17 am:

    == This is not about if I like you or agree with you. ==

    Phew on that.


  67. - CharlieKratos - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:28 am:

    Rich, you should get a Zoom meeting setup sometime for some of the regulars so they can put a face to a name. In this time of social distancing and isolation, it might make things feel a bit more human.


  68. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:31 am:

    ===Maybe a daily post of nothing but deleted comments… for laughs?===

    Be careful what you wish for. lol


  69. - Steve Polite - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:40 am:

    Thank you Rich for keeping the conversations at a higher level of discourse. Sometimes my posts don’t go through, and I’ll wonder if I’ve been banned for something I’ve said. I do my best to follow the rules and be respectful. Hence the moniker I’ve chosen. Most days I keep quiet and try to learn something from all of you.


  70. - Flexible One - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:52 am:

    I’m grateful for all of your insightful commenters


  71. - JoanP - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 9:57 am:

    Thanks for getting rid of Covidiots (word of the year, by the way).


  72. - IL4Life - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 10:26 am:

    Good move.


  73. - Bluegrass Boy - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 10:35 am:

    Thanks Rich I only comment when I can “add” something to the discussion. I’ve learned its always better to offer solutions than point out problems.


  74. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 10:43 am:

    I’m changing my nickname to Rumor-mongering Know-nothing Nutball. That’s gold.


  75. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 10:58 am:

    Testing….testing.


  76. - Nick Name - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 11:07 am:

    Ugh. Trolls and covidiots seem to spread faster than the darn virus. Thanks for taking proper steps, Rich.


  77. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 11:18 am:

    You should have an addendum at end of your blog.
    Capital Fax Phony Baloney posts. But then people don’t read everything like forgive typos so it would probably not work. I really appreciate hows you separate wheat from chaff


  78. - Proud Sucker - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 12:02 pm:

    Now you’re thinking like an engineer - that’s a good thing.


  79. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 12:09 pm:

    More wheat…less chaff.


  80. - Last Bull Moose - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 12:48 pm:

    Thanks Rich. In a time of physical isolation, this blog and community helps maintain sanity.


  81. - Six Feet of Separation (temporary name) - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 1:04 pm:

    ===Zoom meeting setup sometime for some of the regulars so they can put a face to a name===

    There would be a lot of smiley face masks.


  82. - PublicServant - Friday, Apr 3, 20 @ 4:45 pm:

    I’m good with that, Rich. Thanks for safeguarding the blog.


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